While medical practice always evolved to cure people in Western society, Asian medical treatment focus on prevention. Especially, Korean traditional medicine is rooted in Donguibogam. Donguibogam is a traditional medical encyclopedia published in 1613 by Heo Jun, a physician of Joseon dynasty. Its main philosophy is that before curing a disease, people have to cure the spirit first. The medical cure and prevention treatments are mostly made of common herbs and food anyone could get in Joseon era. The philosophy has remained and respected until now since this book is needed to pass the Korean medical school examination. Donguibogam is also popular among Asian countries such as China and Japan.
Korean treatment puts emphasis on harmony of each body parts
Korean medicine aims to manage health and diseases through a holistic point of view. It sees the body as an entity, where organs are connected and respond to one another. A well balanced body is important for health. In the traditional medicine philosophy, our bodies are perceived as a universe because the universe was also made out of energy first and then formed itself. Therefore, our energies tend to change depending on where we are and our state of mind. When our body is not harmonious, we get sick. This is one of the reasons why human get to have poor health as defined in Donguibogam.
Qi, which means energy in Korean, should be in harmony with the flesh as we consist of flesh and energy in the philosophical point of view. There are many sorts of Qi. Blood Qi needs healthy food to stay harmonious. Many people have experienced awful skin condition because of a bad diet. Also, Breathing Qi depends on environment. Some could have asthma because of air pollution. Emotion also can be a key point regarding health as much as Qi and flesh are important. Certain emotions such as anger or stress make us develop some diseases.
Koreans are drawn to traditional medical treatment
Nowadays, you can find many oriental medical clinics in Korea and receive herb and acupuncture treatments. Asian natural treatments have advantages as people get to know what kinds of substance they are taking. In contrast, it is hard to recognize the composition of chemical drugs in Western countries. Koreans often go to those traditional clinics to complete the ordinary hospitals’ treatment. People tend to turn to the traditional medicine after recognizing western medicine does not work anymore.
Korean traditional medical treatment allows the patients to know what kinds of substances they are taking for better health condition.
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Treatment without antibiotic is spreading in France
In Europe, Asian traditional alternative medicine is becoming more popular. As an example, French people are interested in the philosophy which makes people live longer and healthier. Thus, it is now common to find yoga classes in Parisian parks, more tea shops on our neighborhoods, and organic stores. Some people are even interested in the power and energy of stones. Most of French are now trying to eat better diet and live healthier in order to prevent diseases.
Before we systematically used to get cured by antibiotics, advertisement by the biggest health institution in France appeared. It said that the antibiotics are not automatic! It aimed to convince French people not to treat themselves with antibiotics when it was not necessary.
Actually, patients request antibiotic drug so often and doctor prescribe it to cure some diseases such as nasopharyngitis cold and flu. Those diseases are caused by a virus, but antibiotics cure diseases caused by bacteria. Therefore, antibiotic is inefficient against viruses. In fact, as antibiotics were used frequently, some bacteria became resistant to them. This resulted that it became hard to cure the diseases.
Since French people heard those recommendations not to use antibiotic, the consumption of it considerably decreased. This was a major movement for healthy life style. Korean traditional medicine is an old philosophy, but still perceived as a major key regarding health field. Being a part of Asian and European life style, the effectiveness is widely spreading out in the world.
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