Introductory Korean Medicine Book Published in Arabic
‘An Introduction to Korean Medicine’ has been translated and published in Arabic to introduce Korean medicine theories, treatments, medical service systems, key figures, etc. It is expected to be effectively used to promote Korean medicine and culture.
On Nov. 9, as part of its efforts to globalize Korean medicine, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) released a Korean medicine book written in Arabic to give general information on Korean medicine theories, treatments, medical service systems, renowned doctors, and others.
The Arab world has its own medical system called ‘Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM),’ which is similar to Korean medicine. The ‘Korean Wave’ backed by the rising popularity of Korean dramas has recently swept across the region, leading Arabs to have more interest in Korean medicine. Against this backdrop, the book was published in Arabic.
‘An Introduction to Korean Medicine’, which is over 170 pages long, consists of five chapters, such as ‘Characteristics of Korean Medicine,’ ‘Medical Service Systems,’ ‘Korean Medicine Theories,’ ‘Treatments,’ and ‘Key Figures and Classics.’ Specifically put, it introduces diverse treatments such as acupuncture, moxibustion, qigong, and Chuna manual medicine, as well as the history of Korean medicine and theories including yin/yang, internal organs, acupoints, and meridian systems.
In particular, highlighting Korea’s unique Sasang Constitutional Medicine, it differentiated itself from the traditional medicine of other East Asian nations.
As part of its endeavors to globalize Korean medicine, KIOM has translated Korean medicine books into various languages to provide related information.
The introductory book, which was translated in English, Spanish, Russian, and Turkish in 2007, 2011, 2014, and 2016, respectively, was rendered into Arabic and published this year. Introductory Korean medicine books translated in Russian in 2014 and Turkish in 2016 have been used as supplementary teaching materials for medical personnel in Uzbekistan and Turkey, respectively.
The book can be read via KIOM’s homepage (Library > Publication, www.kiom.re.kr/eng).