What’s New at Jaseng

Foreign Experts Say “There is a Competitive Edge in Korean Medicine, Including Chuna Manual Therapy”

  • International Conference hosted by Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine
  • Nicola Robinson, Editor-in-chief of European Journal of Integrative Medicine, presented the current status of acupuncture treatments
  • The former president of American Osteopathic Association (AOA) says “Osteopathic manipulative treatments are effective in musculoskeletal pain”
  • If Chuna manual therapy’s coverage is included in Korean national health insurance, its globalization will be accelerated

“Acupuncture in the UK is recognized as an alternative to conventional medicine. Acupuncture treatment is used more than 4 million times annually in the UK, and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognizes acupuncture as a treatment that can be applied to chronic back pain and headache.”

Nicola Robinson, editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Integrative Medicine, presented the current trend of acupuncture treatment in the UK at ‘2018 Jaseng International Conference’ held in Parnas, Grand InterContinental Seoul. The conference was hosted by Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine.

Foreign experts have positively evaluated the efficacy of Korean medicine treatments, including Chuna manual therapy and acupuncture. Manual therapy refers to the technique of treating only by hand and it is called Chuna manual therapy in Korea, and osteopathic manipulative treatment in the United States. Acupuncture is different form of treatment.



▲ Dr. Boyd Buser, a former president of American Osteopathic Association, presents the trend of osteopathic medicine in Jaseng International Conference.


Dr. Boyd Buser, a former president of American Osteopathic Association, explained the legitimacy of the osteopathic medicine and its current status in the United States. Dr. Boyd Buser described osteopathic medicine as “a medicine that corrects somatic dysfunction to restore normal function and improves the function of organs to activate the metabolism of the human body.”

Also, he mentioned that osteopathic medicine has been growing rapidly as a professional field in the last 125 years in the United States, and doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) has the same rights and status as physician (Medicine of Doctors·MD). He said “In the United States, we are looking for an alternative to narcotic analgesics, and osteopathic medicine, which is effective in relieving musculoskeletal pain, will continuously attract the attentions.”

“Patients are interested in non-surgical treatments, such as improving eating habits and utilizing exercise.” said Dr. Lawrence Prokop, president-elect of Michigan Osteopathic Association. This is not only the United States but also the global trend“. And he also said, “Through international interchange of technology and collaborative research in manual therapy, we can provide patients with more appropriate treatments.”

John Weeks, editor-in-chief of Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, presented the performances of US’ complementary and alternative medicine research and future vision. “It was the patients who first raised the needs for complementary and alternative medicine research,” he said. “Before this treatment entered into mainstream system, patients have spent nearly 13.8 billion dollar for medical expenditure.” This trend has continued, and policy makers have started full-scale research on complementary and alternative medicine to reduce the burden on patients, and as a result, complementary and alternative medicine was included in the first recommendation treatment of pain treatment.”



▲ Joon-Shik Shin, founder of Korean Society of Chuna manual Medicine for Spine and Nerves, makes a keynote speech in the Jaseng International Conference.


This conference was the place to confirm the advanced cases of manual therapy as we are expecting Chuna manual therapy to be included for coverage in Korean national insurance later this year (it is now a pilot project). More than 250 experts from Korea and abroad participated in the conference. They created bond of sympathy by sharing

  • International interchange of technology in manual therapy
  • Importance of treatment performed by physicians specialized in manual therapy, and
  • Necessity of expansion of manual therapy in the viewpoint of rehabilitation

“The history of Chuna manual therapy is a history of Korean medicine development” Joon-Shik Shin, founder of Korean Society of Chuna manual Medicine for Spine and Nerves, said. Chuna manual therapy will make a step further as it become included for coverage in Korean national health insurance, and we need to make our efforts to make it become as a modern medical medicine which globally communicates.



This article translated from Joongang Ilbo newspaper published on March, 4th, 2018.