Korean Traditional Medicine

Korean Traditional Medicine (acupuncture and spine manipulation)

Korean Traditional Medicine treatment and procedures are gaining acceptance among larger groups of patients. Different from other Oriental “alternative medicine”, the Korean Traditional Medicine is a medical field accredited by the Health Minister. Alternative medicine specialists in South Korea are graduated doctors with a full medical curriculum. Complementing your treatment with some Korean Traditional Medicine (KTM) procedures can improve your long-term results.

What services Medical Avenue provides for clients coming to South Korea for Korean Traditional Medicine (KTM) treatment and procedures?

  • Medical data recollection and translation
  • Free pre consultation with specialist
  • Immediate appointment arrangements
  • Complementary appointments at modern medicine institutions
  • Free one-on-one translation at clinic
  • Follow up plan (long term rehab)

Korean Traditional Medicine treatment

Oriental medicine is tradition applied to modern medical solutions: Korean Traditional Medicine (KTM) or Korean Oriental Medicine (KOM) alludes to a series of traditional medical practices developed in the region related to Asian philosophy. It is based on the concept of the yin and yang, and perceives the body as a small universe, affected and transformed by natural surroundings.

Is there any difference between Korean Traditional Medicine and Chinese Traditional Medicine?

Although Oriental Medicine might sound out of the standards of medical science, in South Korea, Oriental medical doctors have a title: they carry professional studies, complete educational systems and obtain national certifications.

South Korea is the only country with alternative specialists regulated and controlled by official institutions, and divided in eight fields:

  • Oriental internal medicine
  • Oriental obstetrics and gynecology
  • Sasang Typology
  • Oriental pediatrics
  • Oriental neuropsychiatry
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion
  • Oriental medical ophthalmology, otolaryngology and dermatology
  • Oriental rehabilitation medicine

In the case of acupuncture, experts considered Korean acupuncture to be similar to Chinese. 80 to 90% of the trigger points are the same and just 10% to 20% are unique.

How many medical tourists come to Korea to receive Oriental traditional medicine treatment?

During the last couple of years Korean hospitals are paying more attention to foreign patients.

The combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, physical therapy inside modern facilities is capturing the attention of people from Russia, Europe, United States, Kazakhstan and others. Just last year 11,743 foreign patients came for Oriental medicine treatments. This is a 23% increase from the previous year and an average of 44% increment per year since 2009.

**Look for additional Temple Stay in South Korea or learn about Hansik (Korean food).

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