Shin Joon-shik, honorary chairman of Jaseng Medical Foundation, demonstrates Korean traditional medical treatments such as Chuna therapy to physicians at OMED 2018 in San Diego on Saturday, local time. [Photo provided by Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine]
South Korean traditional medicine treatments such as Chuna manual therapy have been adopted as an official lifelong curriculum for physicians in the United States amid growing interest in non-surgical herbal treatments.
Shin Joon-shik, honorary chairman of Jaseng Medical Foundation, delivered a lecture on non-surgical herbal treatment at the annual Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) in San Diego on Saturday, local time. The lecture was given after herbal non-surgical treatment including Chuna manual therapy have been approved as an official lifelong curriculum by American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
OMED - organized by AOA - is the world’s largest gathering of about 30,000 osteopathic physicians or doctors of osteopathic medicine. The latest lecture has led Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine to gain attention as a medical institution offering lifelong curriculum from AOA at this year’s OMED.
Shin demonstrated treatments for ruptured cervical disk using Chuna manual therapy to local doctors and also for temporomandibular disorder using motion style acupuncture treatment and adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. Chuna therapy is a treatment in which an oriental medical doctor pushes and pulls on the body parts to help align twisted spine, joints, muscles, and ligaments.
Traditional non-surgical treatments have so far been acknowledged as an official lifelong curriculum at Michigan State University in the U.S. but now it has become a curriculum acknowledged by AOA, which represents osteopathic doctors, paving the way for Korean traditional non-surgical therapy to play a part in the U.S.’s plan to introduce an integrated medical system in 2020.
By Shin Chan-ok and Lee Eun-joo
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