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What is Korean Medicine?

Korean medicine (KM) has been largely influenced by TCM but has developed its own unique diagnostic and treatment features. KM does not focus on explicit symptoms but on the specific characteristics of the individuals who are suffering from diseases. KM believes that even for the same causes of disease, different physiologic and pathologic features appear depending on individual differences among people; this is called constitutional medicine. KM can be described as “human-centric medicine” while TCM is “symptom-centric medicine.” In addition to Sasang constitutional medicine, Sa-am, Tae-guk and Hand Acupuncture are also unique to KM.

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