|Encyclopedia of Oriental Medicine|
Donguibogam (Dong-ui-bo-gam), or “The Principles and Practices of Eastern Medicine”, was written by Heo Jun (1539~1615, also known as Uiseong Heo Jun) in the early 17th century, following an order from King Seonjo. Donguibogum is an encyclopedia of Oriental Medicine that presents not only the Korean medical theories of the time, but also medical theories that from all over East Asia. It has 25 volumes and was printed by wooden blocks.
|Court Physician Heo Jun|
After 16 years of research, Heo Jun was finally able to publish the Donguibogam, which he had first begun upon King Seonjo’s order. The book had a tremendous effect on the development of Oriental medicine in the Joseon era. In the 18th century, the book spread to Japan and China, where it was and is still recognized as one of the classics of Oriental medicine. Today, the Donguibogam still contributes greatly to the diffusion and development of East Asian traditional medicine. It has been reprinted 30 times in China and twice in Japan, and was partly translated into English by an American, Dr. Landis. It can be said that the Donguibogam has been widely used in the treatment of diseases for approximately 400 years.
|Characteristics of Oriental Medicine|
Oriental Medicine differs from modern medicine in its holistic view of the human body. It believes that the body is an interconnected entity rather than a group of different organs. In Oriental Medicine, the human body is ‘a universe’ and there is a flow of energy among seemingly unrelated organs. This is viewed as a key factor when treating a disease. Due to this view, Oriental Medicine mainly focuses on treatment methods that help the body maintain a stable, constant condition. It is common for Korean people to drink an herbal concoction made by an Oriental medicine practitioner or to receive acupuncture when sick.
|◆ Where to find the Donguibogam |
☞ National Library of Korea
☞ Jangseogak of the Academy of Korean Studies
◆ Learn about Heo Jun and his other publications
☞ Heo Jun Museum
☞ Heo Jun Museum Official Site (Korean)
◆ Korean drama about Heo Jun
◆ Medical Tourism in Korea
☞ Oriental medicine tours
☞ Article: “New Initiatives for Medical Tourism in Seoul”
☞ Seoul Oriental Medicine Market
Source : visitkorea.or.kr