Preface to the Compendium of People-Saving Prescriptions Made with Native Korean Herbs

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We can find several characteristics of Native Korean Herbal Medicine in the Preface of Compendium of People-Saving Prescriptions Made with Native Korean Herbs (Hyangyak Chesaeng Chipsŏngbang 鄕藥濟生集成方). First, it clarifies that saving people through medicine is part of the Neo-Confucianist ideal of ruling. Second, it emphasises that Korea’s medical tradition treats one disease with one herb, making it highly effective. Third, it points out that Korea is geographically different from China, and that treating disease with native Korean herbs has a faster and better effect than using foreign herbs. The geographic concept of Native Korean Herbal Medicine was inherited by the Treasured Mirror of Eastern Medicine (Tongŭi Pogam 東醫寶鑑) and had been the core idea of Chosŏn medicine until the early twentieth century.

  • 'Hyangyak Chesaeng Chipsŏngbang Sŏ 鄕藥濟生集成方序 (Preface of Compendium of People-Saving Prescriptions made with Native Korean Herbs, 1398)', in Tongmunsŏn 東文選 (Anthology of Korean literary works in Chinese 1478), () http://db.itkc.or.kr/index.jsp?bizName=MK&url=/itkcdb/text/bookListIframe.jsp%3FbizName=MK%26seojiId=kc_mk_c006 [db of Korean classics provided by Institute for the Translation of Korean Classics].

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  • 'Hyangyak Chesaeng Chipsŏngbang Sŏ 鄕藥濟生集成方序 (Preface of Compendium of People-Saving Prescriptions made with Native Korean Herbs, 1398)', in Yangch’on Sŏnsaeng Munchip 陽村先生文集 (Dr Yangch’on’s (Kwŏn Kŭn) Anthology), () http://db.sejongkorea.org:8080/sejong/bookInfo.do?bkCode=P10_HY [Sejong Classics Database provided by King Sejong the Great Memorial Society].

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  • KangYeonseok, '‘The Characteristics of Korean Medicine Based on Time Classification’' (2011) 3 China Perspectives: 33-43.

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    Kang Yeonseok 2011.

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