Science in Society
English (United States)
There are two systems of medicine that coexist in South Korea. The first is Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM), a system of medicine that has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and treats symptoms with herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, meditation, and aromatherapy . The second is biomedicine which is medicine that is based on the principles of biochemistry and treats symptoms with pharmaceuticals . The emergence of biomedicine in South Korea changed the dialogue surrounding Traditional Korean Medicine and of the treatments it utilizes. One of the more popular treatments is ginseng (?? insam), a human shaped root that has been used since A.D. 100. Ginseng has achieved a unique status in South Korea, where it is used as a medical cure and as a dietary supplement. This thesis explores how the discussion surrounding ginseng has changed following the emergence of biomedicine and biomedical research.
Kang, Sarah Junghee, "Unpacking the Black Box of Ginseng" (2018). Honors Theses - All. 2060.
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