Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine

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Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine

The Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine (Hangul: 자생한방병원) is the largest oriental medical hospital specializing in non-surgical treatment of spine and joint disorders in Korea.[1] It was designated as a 'Spine Specialized Oriental Medical Hospital' by the Korea Ministry of Health [2] and also designated as a 'Health Tour' hospital for foreigners by the Korean Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI).[3]

The hospital is notable for its accomplished history in the field of non-surgical oriental medicine and its International Clinic, headed by Raimund Royer, who (as of November 2006) was the only European practicing oriental medicine in Korea.[1] The international clinic's examination support team provides patients from other countries with total service from entry to Korea to return to their own countries by exclusive coordinators who speak English and Japanese.[3] As a result, many of the hospital's patients are not actually Korean, but rather westerners seeking treatments not available in their home countries.[4] Jaseng specialists treat approximately 500,000 cases every year.[5]

Acute pain, chronic pain and the fundamental causes of spine and joint disorders are treated with a combination of; herbal medicine, CHUNA manipulation therapy (which aligns the spine), acupuncture and moxibustion, and physical and exercise therapy.[2] The four specialised centres at the main hospital are the Spine Centre, Bone and Joint Centre, TMJ Centre and the Wellness Centre. Prior to treatment, the examination center utilizes western medicine procedures, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds and bone densitometry to determine the proper diagnosis.[2]

To promote Korean Oriental Medicine, Jaseng works closely with The Korea Tourism Organization, The Korea Health Industry Development Institute, and The Council for Korean Medicine Overseas Promotion and actively participates in many international affairs related to medical tourism like various expositions, conferences and forums.[6]


In 1990, Shin Joon-shik founded the Jaseng Oriental Medicine Clinic in Seoul, Korea. The Jaseng Research Institute and the Jaseng Biotechnology Research Institute were established in 1998 and 1999. The clinic was renamed as the Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine and was designated as a 'Health Tour' hospital for foreigners by the Korean Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI).[3]

In 2001, a nerve regenerating substance called ‘Shinbarometin’ was found in Jaseng’s medicine. Patents for Shinbarometin were acquired in Korea and America, and Green Cross R&D is currently developing it as a natural pharmaceutical so that it can be brought to the global market.[7] The UC Irvine's School of Medicine adopted Korean Chuna into the school's Curriculum in 2002.

In 2006, the Jaseng Hospital's International Clinic opened.[3] Headed by Raimund Royer, originally a native of Austria, the international clinic can support English, German, Japanese and Chinese languages. The hospital’s website has been translated into English, Japanese and Russian.

In 2007 and 2008, Jaseng volunteered medical services in Uzbekistan, East Timor, Uganda and Mongolia. An affiliation with Al-Azhar University, Egypt, UC Irvine, USA and the Jaseng Hospital of Oriental Medicine was established in 2008.[8]


The main hospital complex is located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. There are branch clinics in Bundang, Mokdong, Ilsan, Bucheon, Yeongdeungpo, Suwon, Nowon and one in the Shilla Hotel in Jangchungdong. To expand internationally the hospital opened an American clinic in Fullerton, California, Irvine, CA, Los Angeles, CA and New Jersey.


Jaseng participates in joint research projects based on scientific proof of oriental medicine with international medical institutions.[9] The research findings are presented at international medical forums and congresses and are published in medical journals.

  • (2009) The Journal of Physiological Sciences published the joint study titled 'Spinal cholinergic mechanism of the relieving effects of electroacupuncture on cold and warm allodynia in a rat model of neuropathic pain'[10]
  • (2007) Harvard Medical School published thesis on Jaseng’s non-surgical spinal treatment in the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine.[11]
  • (2005) 'The Effect of Bee Venom Acupuncture' joint research was published in The Journal of Ethno pharmacology [12]
  • (2004) 'The Effect of Yook-gong-dan', thesis was published in the International Journal of Neuroscience [13]
  • (2004) 'Association of Interleukin 10 Haplotype with Low Bone Mineral Density in Korean Postmenopausal Women', published in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.[14]
  • (2001) 'The Effect of Chuna Treatment for Patients with Herniated Intervertebral Disc of Lumbar Spine' published in The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine.[15]


  • 2008 Awarded for Oriental Medicine at the Korea Health Industry Awards [16]
  • 2008 Awarded for distinguished services at the Korean Association of Chronic Disease Management
  • 2007 Awarded the Korea's Best Leadership Prize by Dale Carnegie Training (Korea)[17]
  • 2005 Awarded 2nd prize for TRT presentation at the International Medical Academic Meeting in Hua-xia China
  • 2000 Awarded the Presidential Commendation (civil merit medal)


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