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International Federation of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine (FIMM) Executive Officers visit Jaseng herbal dispensary

FIMM Executive Officers observe first-hand how pharmacopuncture, a solution used to maximize the treatment effects of manual therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, is prepared at Jaseng herbal dispensary (Namyangju), and
learn about the effects of pharmacopuncture from Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine physicians with focus on its effects on treatment for musculoskeletal disorders

[사진설명] 세계수기근골의학연합회(FIMM) 이사회 멤버들이 자생한방병원 남양주원외탕전실의 약침 조제 공정을 살피고 있다 - 자생한방병원

On April 4th, six members of the FIMM Executive Board visited Namyangju herbal dispensary, affiliated with Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, to learn about the effects of pharmacopuncture, and closely examine and experience its preparation process first-hand. FIMM is an international federation consisting of 23 national academic societies of physicians (MDs) and osteopathic medicine physicians (DOs) who engage in direct practice of evidence-based manual/musculoskeletal medicine. Members of the FIMM Executive Board visited Seoul, Korea to participate in the ‘FIMM / Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves (KSCMM) 2019 Seoul Conference’ which was held from April 6th to 7th in anticipation of Chuna Manual Therapy’s inclusion in Korean National Health Insurance (covered as of April 8th).

The members of the FIMM Executive Board, including Dr. Henk Bultman (Netherlands), the President of FIMM, Dr./Prof. Ilia Todorov (Bulgaria), the Education Board Director, and Dr. Bernard Terrier(Switzerland), the Health Policy Board Director, observed the 12-stage pharmacopuncture preparation procedure first-hand, which covers the entire preparation process from raw herbal material inspection and examination to sterilization, preparation, storage, packaging and delivery.

“We visited and saw with interest various treatments for musculoskeletal disorders which can be combined with manual therapy using a holistic approach,” said Dr. Henk Biltmann, the President of FIMM after looking carefully around Namyangju herbal dispensary affiliated with Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine. “It seems that pharmacopuncture holds heightened significance in its clinical application with manual therapy, and the pharmacopuncture preparation process was hygienic and systematic in accordance with Korea Good Manufacturing Practice (KGMP) standards.”

Regarding the efficacy of pharmacopuncture, physicians of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine explained how research results have shown that when applied with Chuna Manual Therapy, the treatment effect of pharmacopuncture for musculoskeletal disorders was increased and the treatment period accelerated to the members of the FIMM Executive Board.

“Pharmacopuncture is a non-invasive Korean Medicine treatment for musculoskeletal disorders, and the treatment effects are compounded when applied in conjunction with Chuna Manual Therapy,” says Dr. Jinho Lee, Medical Director of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine. “Namyangju herbal dispensary of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine was accredited by the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare in recognition of its rigorous safety measures, and pharmacopuncture may be utilized as a safe and effective method of treatment.”

[사진설명] 세계수기근골의학연합회(FIMM) 이사회 멤버들이 자생한방병원 남양주원외탕전실의 약침 조제 공정을 살피고 있다 - 자생한방병원

Meanwhile, Namyangju Herbal Dispensary of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine was the first “Herbal Dispensary for Pharmacopuncture Preparation’ to be accredited as such in Korea by the Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Accreditation System for extramural herbal dispensaries evaluates and certifies not only overall facilities and operation management, but the entire preparation process of herbal medicine from importing raw materials to processing, storage, packaging and delivery. Namyangju Herbal Dispensary of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine satisfied all 218 standard criteria including items for clean zones, environmental control and maintenance, and sterilization.