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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7593056, 6 pages
Research Article

A Study on the Diagnostic Elements of Cold-Heat Pattern Identification by Korean Medicine Doctors: Association with Objective and Subjective Body Temperature

1KM Fundamental Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM), 1672 Yuseong-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
2Korean Medicine Life Science, University of Science and Technology, 217 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
3Medizen Humancare Inc., 20F Keungil Tower, 223 Teheran-ro, Seoul, Republic of Korea
4Department of Information and Statistics, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Jong Yeol Kim;

Received 17 August 2017; Accepted 15 November 2017; Published 13 December 2017

Academic Editor: Antonella Fioravanti

Copyright © 2017 Young Joo Park et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although the Cold-Heat Pattern is the most important diagnostic factor in Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM), its relationship to body temperature and subjective temperature has not been clearly revealed. In this study, based on clinical data from 551 patients, we classified patients treated with herbal medicines into a Cold-prescription group (CG) and a Heat-prescription group (HG), and we compared the ordinary symptoms between the two groups. Subjective body temperature was higher in the HG than in the CG (OR = 1.68, ) and digestive ability was better in the HG than in the CG (expert’s questionnaire, OR = 1.91, ). However, objectively measured body temperature did not show any significant difference between the HG and CG in both gender groups ( and 0.181 for males and females, resp.). Our study suggests that the subjective body temperature and digestive ability may be the principal diagnostic elements of Cold-Heat Pattern identification by Korean Medicine Doctors. These findings may contribute to the investigation of an objective method to measure the Cold-Heat Pattern.