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K-herb Research Center

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Research Fields

The K-herb Research Center deals with procurement of herbal medicinal resources, based on which it carries out research for the publication of Korean Medicinal Materials. It is also engaged in research for verification of the effectiveness of herbal medicinal materials and analysis of their characteristics; research on a verification system of the genetic origins as well as development of seedling/proliferation skills and mass cultivation of medicinal parts; and research for Bonchopyeollam(a compilation on herbal medicinal materials), which will provide comprehensive information on herbal medicinal resources based on ICT technology.

The center will focus on building the basis for stable and sustainable utilization of herbal medicine as well as contribute to the promotion of Korean medicine by presenting scientific basis of the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs and prescription of Korean medicine. Through these efforts, it will play a central role in nationwide R&D efforts related to medicinal herbs and Korean medicine prescriptions.

Major Projects & Achievements

Standard Information Service for Korean Medicine

  • Constructed the only special herbarium for herba resources in South Korea, ‘KIOM Herbarium of Standard Herbal Resources
  • The KIOM Herbarium has more than 10,000 specimens of KM herbal resources, including medicinal herbs in the Korean Pharmacopoeia.
  • The KIOM Herbarium was registered in the Index Herbariorum, being recognized as a herbarium worth for international academic exchanges.

[KIOM Herbarium of Standard Herbal Resources]

[KIOM Herbarium of Standard Herbal Resources]

Defining Dictionary for Medicinal Herbs

  • Defining Dictionary for Medicinal Herbs is a web service that offers easy search with smartphone on information for various medicinal herbs recorded in pharmacopoeias of South Korea, as well as China, Japan, Taiwan, and North Korea.
  • The Defining Dictionary offers search with various search words like medicinal names, botanical names, and scientific names, in many languages, such as Chinese characters, English, and Japanese.
    Defining Dictionary for Medicinal Herbs http://boncho.kiom.re.kr/herbarium/codex.php

[Defining Dictionary for Medicinal Herbs]

[Defining Dictionary for Medicinal Herbs]

Korean Medicinal Materials

  • The Korean Medicinal Materials contains professional information on more than 130 kinds of the most popular medicinal herbs used in the KM institutions.
  • The Korean Medicinal Materials contain precise explanation for medicinal materials, along with pictures of their original plant(s), and of their dried state.
  • The Korean Medicinal Materials also offers methods for distinction between the proper medicinal materials and their imitations, comparison and distinction pictures, diagrams, and tables for the similar looking medicinal plants.
    Distribution of the Korean Medicinal Materials

[Korean Medicinal Materials]

[Korean Medicinal Materials]

Multifaceted Distinction System for Korean Medicinal Materials

  • K-Herb Research Center will develop precise distinction methods for medicinal materials that might have imitations, including morphological, genetic (DNA analysis), physicochemical (component analysis) tests.

Others

  • Standardization, Safety Validation, and Animal Tests for herbal medicine prescriptions.
  • Production of DB and booklets on the researches for 50 most frequently used prescriptions in KM sector (stability, safety, pre-clinical efficacy, clinical efficacy, and adverse effects, etc.)