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Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine Gives Lectures on Korean Medicine at the 15th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia


Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine held a session highlighting the past, present and future of Korean medicine at the 15th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (ICHSEA 2019), held at Chonbuk National University, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea.

The session was organized under the theme of ‘History of Traditional Korean Medicine in Korea with a Focus on Modern History: Harmony in Diversity.’ The lectures included in the session were: ▲ Involvement of Korean Medicine Doctors in Korean Independence Movement History as Army Doctors presented by Kye-Hyung Lee, historian and professor at Kookmin University; ▲ History and Modernization of Korean Medicine and Related Policies by Dr. Wonil Koh at Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine; and ▲ History and Globalization of Chuna Manual Medicine, as reviewed through the Inclusion Process of Chuna in Korean National Health Insurance by Dr. Me-riong Kim at Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine.

With the session consisting of three lectures on various aspects of the history and modernization of Korean medicine, the audience was able to get a chance to understand and discuss how Korean medicine has contributed to Korean society through its modernization, scientification and globalization, and the role it plays now in Korean society and is expected to take on in the future. The discussions were led by Dr. Seon Sam Na, research affiliate at the University of Oxford, who chaired the session.


Professor Kye-Hyung Lee at Kookmin University, who was the first speaker, gave a presentation on the activities of Korean medicine doctors who participated in the Korean independence movement. At the time, Korean medicine doctors were persecuted by Japan under the suppression policy of Korean medicine under Japanese rule, but still many Korean medicine doctors dedicated themselves to the independence movement through patient care and military fund raising and thus tried to preserve and uphold Korean medicine. There were also Korean medicine doctors who were directly involved in the battles as army doctors. One of the leading figures in this area was Dr. Hong Gyun Shin (also known as Shin Heul or Shin Gol) who led the Daejeonjaryeong battle to victory as the residing army doctor, which is considered to be one of the three great victories of Korean independence army units against Japanese troops. He is also the great uncle of Dr. Joon Shik Shin, founder of Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, and he is known to have been a leader of Dae Jin Dan, one of the Korean independence army units stationed in Yongjeong, China and to have carried out resistance activities along with Dr. Shin’s father, Dr. Hyun Pyo Shin.

In the lecture that followed, Dr. Me-riong Kim at Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine illustrated the efforts put towards the modernization of Korean medicine through description of the modern history of Chuna manual medicine, its reconstruction activities after Japanese colonial rule, and the process of applying for national health insurance by strengthening the body of academic evidence. Dr. Me-riong Kim went on to explain the 3-party memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by Jaseng Medical Foundation, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Korean Society of Chuna Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves, where she emphasized Chuna manual medicine’s role in the globalization and future of Korean medicine.

In the lecture by Dr. Wonil Koh at Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, the origin and history of Korean herbal medicine and the standardization and modernization of its preparation system was introduced. Dr Wonil Koh also underlined the need for systematic policy support for further promotion of Korean herbal medicine research in such areas as natural product drugs and pharmacopuncture.

The International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia is an international conference where scholars of science, medicine and technology in East Asia convene to exchange and publicize their most concurrent research outcomes. The conference, which began in 1982 and now commemorates its 15th anniversary, was held at Chonbuk National University from the 19th to the 23rd of this month to promote research exchange between 350 domestic and international experts.