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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:740515. doi: 10.1155/2014/740515. Epub 2014 Apr 14.

Introduction to the history and current status of evidence-based korean medicine: a unique integrated system of allopathic and holistic medicine.

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1
Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Preventive Medicine, Center for Clinical Research and Drug Development, Institution for Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Korean medicine, an integrated allopathic and traditional medicine, has developed unique characteristics and has been active in contributing to evidence-based medicine. Recent developments in Korean medicine have not been as well disseminated as traditional Chinese medicine. This introduction to recent developments in Korean medicine will draw attention to, and facilitate, the advancement of evidence-based complementary alternative medicine (CAM).

METHODS AND RESULTS:

The history of and recent developments in Korean medicine as evidence-based medicine are explored through discussions on the development of a national standard classification of diseases and study reports, ranging from basic research to newly developed clinical therapies. A national standard classification of diseases has been developed and revised serially into an integrated classification of Western allopathic and traditional holistic medicine disease entities. Standard disease classifications offer a starting point for the reliable gathering of evidence and provide a representative example of the unique status of evidence-based Korean medicine as an integration of Western allopathic medicine and traditional holistic medicine.

CONCLUSIONS:

Recent developments in evidence-based Korean medicine show a unique development in evidence-based medicine, adopting both Western allopathic and holistic traditional medicine. It is expected that Korean medicine will continue to be an important contributor to evidence-based medicine, encompassing conventional and complementary approaches.

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