The Academy of Koryo Medicine has a lot of capable researchers loved by the people, and Kim Hye Ryon, director of the Koryo Pharmacological Institute, and Kim Suk Yong, researcher of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Institute, are typical of them.
No Longer Obstinate
Koryo pharmacologist Kim Hye Ryon has a career of over 40 years. She has achieved a lot of successes by intensifying studies on the treatment using medicinal herbs while making clear the composition of Koryo medicines and their efficacy. In particular, she has left indelible traces in making medicines from the extract of herbs.
At first, Hye Ryon buckled down to the work of extracting ginkgo leaves as they were widely planted in hills and streets and the efficacy of the leaves was confirmed constantly. She worked day and night and finished the project in a short span of time. More than that, she developed a relevant injection. The medicine gained public favour. She was awarded the February 16 Scientific and Technological Prize which is given to excellent scien-tists in the country.
Later, she developed the Saengmaeksanextract, Saengmaek solution and Saengmaekinjection from scores of Koryo medicinal materials such as Schizandra chinensis and big blue lily turf, and they turned out very effective in treatment of myocardial infarction and angina pectoris.
She also delved into the old Koryo medical books – Tonguibogam, Uibangryuchwi and Hyangyakjipsongbang — which comprehensively write on Koryo therapies and remedies that had been created and developed in keeping with the Koreans’ way of life and physical builds. In the course of this, she proved scientifically that Koryo medicine has good therapeutic value as it can cure disease-affected organisms in an all-round way and treat those diseases that the modern medicine cannot cure, and does not harm the human body as it has little toxicity and side-effects. Gradually, she was confident that she could treat obstinate diseases with Koryo medicinal materials which were used in the prevention and treatment of ordinary diseases in the past, and she started a relevant research project.
The other researchers of the academy helped her, and several years of strenuous effort resulted in an amazing success. She received a doctorate, and now she is putting her heart and soul in another research project, keeping burning enthusiasm in her mind.
Developer of Meridian Chart of Acupuncture and Moxibustion
Professor Kim Suk Yong of the acupoint-based diagnosis department of the aforesaid academy is a People’s Scientist and Merited Doctor. In 1992, she completed a meridian chart, which shows 201 motor points corresponding to 14 hard pulses and 361 meridian points, and 31 neural segments plus meridian lines that gather in Taechu and Kyolbun acupoints. For this she was awarded a diploma at an international invention exhibition held in Geneva in 1994.
She devoted 40-odd years to the study. As a nervous disease expert, she was intensifying the study on nerve, when she found out that the meridian system of the Koryo medicine is closely connected with the theory on nervous system of the modern medicine. It meant she had to be well aware of the acupoints to treat nervous diseases. She completed nerves and neural segments relevant to the meridian points. She made deep studies on acupoints and completed a metallic anatomical model of the human body and a colour chart. Meanwhile, she wrote many books including Meridian and Neurophysiology, Modern Medical Foundation and Clinical Practice of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Manual Therapy of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion. She also made public a number of theses at an international academic society.
Kim has made positive efforts to put the meridian theory on a scientific and modern footing in keeping with the actual condition that acupuncture and moxibustion science has become a sector of the life science in the 21stcentury. Now a large board of acupoint-nerve chart and an anatomical model of electronic acupuncture and moxibustion are displayed in the Sci-Tech Complex.
She is both a researcher and a doctor. As she has rich experience in curing a large number of pa-tients including the cases of paraplegia, she commands great public respect.
Article: Yom Song Hui