Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Scientific Evidence for Korean Medicine and Its Integrative Medical Research


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1Gachon University, Seongnam, Republic of Korea

2Yildirim Beyazit University Department of Public Health, Ankara, Turkey

3Social Insurance Fund of Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia

4Pusan National University, Busan, Republic of Korea


Scientific Evidence for Korean Medicine and Its Integrative Medical Research

Description

In 2013, the National Health Insurance of Korea paid about 2 billion dollars for medical services provided by 18,000 Korean Medicine (KM) doctors in 200 KM hospitals and 13,000 KM local clinics. The role of KM in health service is expected to expand since Korea is anticipated to be an aged society in 2018 and hyperaged society in 2018 which means increased chronic disease patients. Thus the evaluation of efficacy and safety of KM and improvement of its clinical skills has been emphasized recently.

The Korean Medicine incorporates the same clinical techniques as East Asian traditional medicine; however, it also has typical characteristics such as Sa-am acupuncture, Sasang typology, Chuna therapy, pharmacopuncture, Korean psychotherapy, traditional music therapy, and others. Modernized KM currently utilizes cutting-edge techniques of orthodox medicine, though it is rooted on the Donguibogam, one of the best Korean medical classics written in 1610 and enlisted on the Memory of the Word by UNESCO in 2009.

As for that reason integrative medical research is highlighted as a way of providing scientific evidence of Korean Medicine in many fields. For example, cytokine studies might be useful for evaluating the clinical efficacy of herbal medicine, magnetic resonance imaging for acupuncture, and analysis on temperament for Sasang typology. Approaches from integrative perspectives with experimental, translational, clinical, socioeconomic, and cross-cultural modalities would be welcomed.

In this special issue, we invite researchers to contribute original research articles as well as comprehensive review articles dealing with the issues related to the scientific investigation on KM and its clinical application.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Interdisciplinary studies on herbal medicine and acupuncture
  • Experimental study on phytotherapy and pharmacopuncture
  • Novel and integrative translational research on KM
  • Clinical efficacy of KM and its cross-cultural application
  • Biopsychosocial approach on KM and Sasang typology
  • Recent advances in KM diagnosis and treatment and its implication
  • Reviews on cross-cultural and multidisciplinary application of KM
  • Integrative studies on different kinds of traditional treatment approaches
  • Improvements in healthcare system, policy making, and public health

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 967087
  • - Editorial

Scientific Evidence for Korean Medicine and Its Integrative Medical Research

Wansu Park | Salih Mollahaliloglu | ... | Han Chae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 805819
  • - Research Article

Study on the Difference of BIS/BAS Scale between Sasang Types

Soo Jin Lee | Sung Hye Kim | ... | Han Chae
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 273409
  • - Review Article

The Reporting Quality of Acupuncture-Related Infections in Korean Literature: A Systematic Review of Case Studies

Tae-Hun Kim | Jung Won Kang | Wan-Soo Park
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 203965
  • - Research Article

Anti-Inflammatory Effect of Combination of Scutellariae Radix and Liriopis Tuber Water Extract

Mi-Hye So | You-Kyung Choi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 876484
  • - Research Article

Antiamnesic Effect of Actinidia arguta Extract Intake in a Mouse Model of TMT-Induced Learning and Memory Dysfunction

Jeong Su Ha | Dong Eun Jin | ... | Ho Jin Heo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 263898
  • - Research Article

Nonoperative Korean Medicine Combination Therapy for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Retrospective Case-Series Study

Kiok Kim | Yongjae Jeong | ... | Tae-Hun Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 483980
  • - Research Article

Protective Effect of Artemisia asiatica Extract and Its Active Compound Eupatilin against Cisplatin-Induced Renal Damage

Jun Yeon Park | Dahae Lee | ... | Dae-Woon Eom
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 827380
  • - Review Article

Discrimination and Proper Use of Polygoni Multiflori Radix, Cynanchi Wilfordii Radix, and Cynanchi Auriculati Radix in Korea: A Descriptive Review

Beom-Joon Lee | Kyungjin Lee
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 737631
  • - Research Article

Serum Levels of Stress Hormones and Oxidative Stress Biomarkers Differ according to Sasang Constitutional Type

Hyeong Geug Kim | Yoon Jung Kim | ... | Chang Gue Son
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 950829
  • - Research Article

Effect of a Traditional Herbal Prescription, Kyung-Ok-Ko, on Male Mouse Spermatogenic Ability after Heat-Induced Damage

Deok-Sang Hwang | Hyo Geun Kim | ... | Myung Sook Oh
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