Society / Culture
Koryo Therapy Introduced Proactively
The medical workers of the South Phyongan Provincial Koryo Medicine Hospital were appreciated at a number of festivals including the national sci-tech festival and exhibitions and gave a national demonstration course last year. One of their typical scientific researches is fumigation in which patients are exposed to smoke or steam that comes when a mixture of medicinal herbs at a certain ratio according to the state of illness is burnt or boiled. It can be applied to a wide range of diseases with high remedial efficacy.
One March day this year Jo Ok Sun, 51, a farm worker from Mundok County, visited the hospital. She complained that she had been suffering from a disease of unknown etiology for years. She had received different kinds of treatment but there was no sign of improvement. And early this year she developed symptoms of dizziness, swollen face, sleeping troubles, indigestion and painful knees. One day at the time she heard that the doctors of the Provincial Koryo Medicine Hospital were very able. That was how she was there at the hospital. She was soon diagnosed as a case of autonomic imbalance. Then she was admitted into the hospital and put to treatment. The fumigation treatment turned out marvellous. In several days Jo felt relieved—with little pains in the knees. In addition, she had her intestines washed with Koryo medicinal solution, and now her complexion turned from pale to bright, and her appetite seemed to have returned. With the treatment repeated, rest cure and proper diet she completely recovered from her illness in 23 days. Such episode is usual occurrences at the hospital.
It was a decade ago that the hospital began to apply the Koryo therapy. Until the time the medical staff were content with their treatments based on acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and manual therapy. One day there was held a meeting of doctors. At the meeting Paek Chol Ho, vice director in charge of technical affairs, said, “We couldn’t make innovation in treatment if we were content with the experience we gained in the past or our present medical practice. We should find out new Koryo therapies in order to cure any case as soon as possible. To this end, we doctors should always be engrossed in thinking and studying.” After the meeting the doctors made dynamic efforts to find out extra Koryo therapies suited to the constitutional qualities of the Koreans and various other kinds of diseases and introduce them into clinical practice.