BusinessKorea held an interview with Park Byung-mo, Cheif Doctor of Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine to let readers know more about the hospital and the medical services it offers.
Q: Tell us briefly about Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine.
A: Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine is the only hospital designated by the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs as an institution specializing in the non-surgical treatment of spine conditions. The ‘Chuna Medicine’ and Jaseng Oriental Medicine Clinic were established in April 1990. It now consists of 130 medical specialists and provides 500,000 treatments yearly. The hospital provides fundamental treatment of spine diseases, as well as preliminary medical examinations, consultations, interviews and pulsation examinations, followed by a technologically advanced diagnosis process. The system is a combination of eastern and western medicine, with its effectiveness having been proven through research by Harvard Medical School’s Osher Research Center.
Q: Tell us about your strengths and specialties in detail.
A: Non-surgical spine disease treatment is represented by Chuna Medicine. This is the original and unique approach of Jaseng Hospital. The human body has self-healing abilities. When faced with a disease, the body exhibits a strong ability to recover, and this is ‘Jaseng-ryuk’. The hospital’s treatment system involves restoring the spinal structure to its normal state as well as reinforcing the spine and its nearby structures. Chuna Medicine removes the fundamental causes of spinal disease, as well as reduces relapses of the disease by conserving the normal status of the treated spine.
Q: Patients from other countries highly appreciate the hospital. What is the background behind this?
A: The hospital entered into an ‘Agreement on Cooperation for Exchange of Cultures, Science and Technologies’ with the US’ U.C. Irvine University and Egypt’s Al- Azhar University in 2008. I gave a speech at the 2008 WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine in Beijing. The hospital also has a US branch in Orange County, California. We had 576 foreign patients in 2008 and the number keeps growing. These examples show that Oriental Medicine and integrative approaches are being recognized worldwide.
Q: Can you tell us about any recent research and good performances in treatment?
A: The hospital has tried to compile research data on Oriental medicine in efforts to prove that Oriental medicine is scientific. Joint research with the Natural Products Research Institute of Seoul National University revealed that ‘Shinbarometin’, a natural material developed by the hospital in 2003, regenerates bones and nerves. The hospital is working with Green Cross Corp. to launch a bone and joint treatment medicine based on this new material. Other studies include research on the herbal prescription, Yook-Gong-Dahn, with the U.C. Irvine Neuroscience Department which was published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 2004 while our joint research with the Harvard Medical School revealed that 95% of 128 patients with ruptured discs had their pain removed thanks to the Jaseng treatment protocol. Furthermore, the hospital proved anti-inflammatory effects against arthritis, with the result published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology this year.
Q: Tell us about your plans for the development and globalization of Oriental Medicine.
A: In August 2006, the hospital opened an International Clinic represented by Dr. Raimund Royer. We provide medication information in various languages as well as the home delivery of drugs to the patient’s country. Foreign patients will find it convenient to use the hospital as it provides international medical staff and coordinators fluent in all the major languages.
Q: Do you have any other stories to tell BusinessKorea readers?
A: World famous politicians, sports stars, and diplomats visit the hospital. To name a few, our celebrity customers include Nadia Comaneci, Brian Joubert, Kim Yu-na, Choi Gyeong-ju, and Park Ji-sung. In addition, we have provided free oriental medical treatment to the needy in Korea and also visited countries such as Mongolia, East Timor, and Uzbekistan providing voluntary medical services and disseminating the excellence of oriental medicine.