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KM Fundamental Research Division  

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KM Fundamental Research Division  

Research Fields

The KM Fundamental Research Division investigates scientific principles of diagnosis and treatment technologies in Korean medicine and carries out research for developing Korean medicine-based source technologies on measurement/ stimulation and convergence medical devices. In addition, the division systematically compiles orally transmitted knowledge and literature on Korean medicine and steadfastly works on building the foundation of research on the unique physiology, pathology and basic theories of the field.

The KM Fundamental Research Division is determined to deal with the demands in the clinical field through the development of convergence-oriented Korean medicine devices and technologies that boost the value of Korean medicine. It will also lead in building the basis of sustainable Korean medicine in the field through scientific verification of theories of Korean medicine, exploration of knowledge resources and development of application technologies.

Major Projects & Achievements

Development of Clinical Indicators for Stagnant Blood

  • Securing credibility and validity of the clinical indicators for stagnant blood by developing diagnosis logic and standard procedure manuals to objectify KM clinical indicators
  • Publishing contents of the projects, such as definition of stagnant blood, and R&D methods and their results related to the stagnant blood
  • Release of publication that can contribute in enhancing quality of RCTs related to the KM diagnosis

Researches on Mechanisms of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Meridian System

  • Published an article in the Addiction Biology, the top level journal in addiction research that identified the active oxygen is involved in voluntary drug intake and continuous addition of drugs
  • Delivered oral presentation at a Society for Neuroscience (SfN) conference on errors of utilizing the GFS, the current methods for brainwave analysis.
  • Published research articles in a top 20% international journal for acupoint & meridian researches, about analgesic effect of acupuncture treatment on neuropathic pain caused by administration of anti-cancer drugs

Researches on Mechanisms of Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Meridian System

  • Development of comprehensive system that enabled self-diagnosis and self-treatment for senile people.
  • Created comprehensive device that integrated holistic diagnosis and treatment regime of KM, and won excellence award for New Technology by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

    Integrated Constitutional Health Diagnosis and Stimulation System

    Integrated Constitutional Health Diagnosis and Stimulation System integrates and analyzes Sasang constiution of the patients, based on output information on facial contour, voice, skin texture, pulse, and answers to surveys provided by the System, and provides general health information and manuals suitable for each of the constitution. The system can also imitate acupuncture and moxibustion stimulations, such as laser acupuncture, magnetic acupuncture, and RF moxibustion, etc, to stimulate suitable acupoints to improve general health.

Comprehensive Constitutional Diagnosis and Stimulation System

[Integrated Constitutional Health Diagnosis and Stimulation System]

Sasang Constitutional Analysis Tool, SCAT

  • Developed SCAT (Sasang Constitutional Analysis Tool) that reflected opinions of the experts on various constitutional factors, such as facial impressions, voice, body shape, and others.
    * By analyzing uploaded data on facial impressions, voice, body shape, and answers on the preset questionnaire, the SCAT provides quantitative value of the constitutional aspect of the subject with objective constitution diagnosis algorithm developed by analyzing various data and opinion of the experts.
  • Based on the biggest data pool of more than 3,000 cases from 23 KM institutions, along with systematic indicators for constitutions, symptom patterns, and pharmacological data, the SCAT secured objective diagnostic technology for the Sasang constitutions.
  • The SCAT can be attribute to standardization of constitutional diagnosis and be applied to physiological and pathological researches based on Sasang constitutions, by deducing common indicators for constitutional diagnosis.

Analysis Result by SCAT

[Analysis Result by SCAT]

Standard Faces of the Sasang Constitutions

  • By selecting set of standard faces of each of the four constitutions according to the result of SCAT and consistent opinions by the Sasang constitutions experts, representative images of the four Sasang constitutions were deduced, based on the average and standard deviation of the measurements.
  • The Standard Faces has been approved as the official opinion of the Society of Sasang Constitutional Medicine, an affiliate of the SKOMS (The Society of Korean Medicine), for its appropriate R&D methods and credibility of the results. (Patent Registered (C-2012-000497))

Standard Faces of the Sasang Constitution

[Standard Faces of the Sasang Constitution]

KIOM Pulse Analyzer

  • The Pulse Analyzer is developed to measure 3-dimensional information of the radial artery, such as pressure, width and length of the radial artery, and the pressure onto the artery by the physician, with 7 channel pressure sensors without interference, and pressurizing apparatus with various pressure angle and continuous pressure application.
  • The Pulse Analyzer can be used in developing new contents for the pulse diagnosis, by expressing abstract ‘images’ of pulse, such as frequency, pressure, diameter, and replenishment of the artery into quantitative values.

맥진기 시작품, 맥심지수, 맥박지수, 맥실지수

Prototype of Multifocal Tongue Imaging Device.

  • The Multifocal Tongue Imaging Device can collect 3-dimensional color and morphology information of the tongue, as well as the 2-dimensional information, such as surface status and color, thus contributing to quantification and standardization of tongue diagnosis for the analysis of qi and blood status.
  • Based on the clinical data collected so far, the Multifocal Tongue Imaging Device can contribute to secure contents for technology transfer, by developing complex tongue analysis algorithm and collecting characteristics of the tongue by the specific symptoms, such as dyschezia, sleep disorder, and deficiencies in qi, blood, yin, and yang of the body.

[Prototype of Multifocal Tongue Imaging Device and Its Display]

[Prototype of Multifocal Tongue Imaging Device and Its Display]

‘Donguibogam in My Hand’ Application

[내손안에 동의보감 앱]

Knowledge Resource Projects by Discovery, Preservation DB Construction of Folklore Medicine

  • Establishment of database, sample information, visual resource information and local infrastructure for traditional knowledge, folklore medicine discovered in classic literature and field investigations, as well as survey results and cases of adverse events,
  • Development of standard preservation manual for traditional and folklore medicine for preservation and utilization of such knowledge, and authorization of IPC (International Patent Classification), KTRKC (Korean Traditional Knowledge Code), and ICD-10 (International Classification of Disease) codes for easy application of the knowledge by the demanding sectors, including patent offices and medical sector.