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Korean folk medicine is the treatment of illness based on the traditional remedies practiced by common people. Do you know how was folk medicine practiced in old Korea? You may want to know about Korean Oriental Medical Clinic.

Korean folk medicine

Korean folk medicine

Korean folk medicine

In ancient times the sick could not get a doctor’s help, and instead they treated illnesses by using animal parts and medicinal plants which were easily found nearby. While some are merely old wives’ tales, some have withstood the test of time and their effects have been recognized as reliable remedies, that is what makes folk medicine.

Today it is very common for people to go to hospitals or buy medicine without difficulty. And yet, some folk remedies are widely used is Korea. People drink ginger tea, Chinese quince tea, Chinese date tea or mugwort tea to relieve a light cough, and for a more serious case, most people drink broad bellflower tea.

It is a well-known folk remedy among Koreans that drinking the boiled broth of green onion roots helps when sweating out a cold. It also is well recognized as an effective cure that bean sprout soup clears up a hangover from drinking the night before. In an emergency, piercing one’s thumb with a needle to bleed is also frequently practiced to ease the pain caused by an upset stomach. You can see this seen in one of the episode of Korean dramaYou are my destiny by Girls Generation.

Thus, in some cases folk medicine has been proven helpful on account of its long tradition. However, total dependence on this may led to serious failure in curing the illness. It is recommended that you consult a doctor for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment of any illness. For more about Korean culture, you may go to Korean.

Credit: Seoul National University

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