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Members of American Women’s Club (AWC) Tour Jaseng Hospital in Seoul
Jaseng Hospital, A Leading Hospital of Korean Medicine
Mr. Benjamin Howes (2nd from right), Jaseng Hospital's marketing manager, explaning about the hospital to the members of the American Women's Club(AWC) on Jan. 26, 2010.

On Jan. 26, 2010, members of the American Women’s Club in Seoul visited Jaseng for a familiarization tour. The familiarization tours are provided to professional expat organizations that have an interest in learning about Korean medicine from the leading oriental medicine hospital in Korea. The tour began mid morning with the AWC members enjoying oriental tea and cookies while observing a presentation on the hospital’s; non-surgical methods, accomplishments, state-of-art facilities and so forth.

Dr. Royer, the head of the Jaseng International Clinic, participated in the presentation and gave a lecture on the history of traditional Korean medicine and how it differs from western medicine. The ladies, having come from countries with shorter histories in oriental medicine, were quite curious participants, asking questions from time to time, like “what exactly is Bee Venom Acupuncture?” a treatment at Jaseng which has great results in reducing inflammation. During the presentation there was also a brief video further depicting the non-surgical treatments Jaseng has become famous for.

Dr. Raimund Royer, the head of the Jaseng International Clinic being interviewed by The Seoul Times

After the initial presentation, the ladies were separated into two groups and began touring the facility. The tour included the pharmacy, examination center, physiotherapy center and the international clinic. These are the places most commonly used by international patients. The pharmacy of course is where patients receive their herbal medicine, the physiotherapy center is where many patients receive rehabilitation by performing exercises with their own personal physiotherapist and the examination center is where state of the art diagnostic equipment like MRI, CT scans and X-Ray machines are used to ensure a doctor can determine the proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

At the international clinic some of the AWC members took the opportunity to receive one of Jaseng’s treatments, Chuna Manipulation. Chuna Manipulation is a spinal realignment massage. The participants were pleasantly surprised by this technique, some even jokingly saying “I feel taller and thinner.”

A delicious traditional Korean lunch followed at a nearby restaurant in Apgujeong and then a private shuttle transported the ladies to the Jaseng Herbal Medicine Dispensary in Seongnam, a southeastern area of Seoul.

Here another presentation was provided, explaining the modern facility and the extensive measures Jaseng undergoes to ensure the safety and quality of the herbal medicine. Careful attention is given when determining the cultivation environment and cultivation and harvesting methods.

Mr. Benjamin Howes (5th from left) posing with AWC members.

There is also collaboration with the Korea Drug Test Laboratory to regularly inspect for any residual pesticide and heavy metals. In total 9 stages are undertaken in the production process and the dispensary’s director is an oriental herbalist with over 18 years experience. He travels throughout Korea and abroad to places like New Zealand, Russia and various Southeast Asian counties to select only the best quality herbs and to ensure the proper processes are used in making the herbal medicine.

In touring the dispensary the participants were shown to controlled storage rooms to see the herbs in their natural state, prior to processing. Some of the ingredients were rather surprising, like the deer antlers from Russia. These specific deer antlers have unique nutrients and properties which provide an overall health boost to your body’s internal organs, increasing stamina and even immunity effects, so you will not become ill as often. While touring AWC members could see where individual tailored medicine was processed for patients with specific degenerative conditions and also where herbal medicine for common conditions like general back pain was processed.

At the end of the tour participants were taken to a tasting room, where they could taste one kind of processed herbal medicine, called Gwanjeolgo. This herbal medicine helps with weak joints and also improves stamina.

In mid afternoon when returning to Jaseng hospital it was clear to see the tour had a lasting impression on the AWC ladies. As always, Jaseng is grateful for the visit and looks forward to providing more tours and introducing more of the international community here in Korea to the wonders of Korean medicine and Jaseng Hospital.

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