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Foreigner-Friendly Clinics: Traditional Medicine in Seoul

The Seoul Oriental Medicine Association recently launched an initiative to increase inclusivity. 33 facilities in Seoul have been designated as foreigner-friendly traditional medicine clinics. If you want to try traditional Korean medicine for yourself, try one of the designated facilities on this list!

What is Korean Traditional Medicine?

Traditional medicine relies on things found in nature such as herbs and roots to treat and prevent illness.

Korean traditional medicine is based on medicinal knowledge passed down over thousands of years. It shares many similarities with other East-Asian medical traditions such as those found in China, Japan, and Vietnam. However, Korean traditional medicine has been shaped by culture and the natural environment to have its own unique characteristics.

Although modern science-based evidence is widely available in Korea, it is often accompanied by traditional Korean medicine. When being treated โ€“ small as a cold, to as severe as cancer, it is not uncommon to be prescribed a blend of modern and traditional medicine. However, people do not generally rely on traditional medicine alone to treat severe illnesses in modern Korea.

But still many strongly believe in the power of traditional medicine. The elderly and health-conscious individuals tend to apply Korean traditional medicine principles to their daily lives. According to traditional thought, all food is medicine, and each ingredient in a dish has a specific impact on health. As a result, many Koreans visit traditional doctors for advice on how to eat healthily as part of preventative medical care.

Overall, Korean traditional medicine may be worth trying if you are interested in preventative care, treating minor symptoms, or supplementing other treatments with medical supervision.

Side note: Personally, I have found Korean traditional medicine to be more effective than western medicine in treating menstrual symptoms and seasonal allergies. However, this may not be the case with everyone.

Foreigner-Friendly Traditional Medicine Clinics

Chronic Pain Specialist

Phil Hospital of Korean Medicine (ํ•„ํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)

Phil hospital of Korean medicine uses a combination of traditional and modern medical practices to treat chronic illnesses and aid recovery. They specialize in rehabilitation following accidents or surgery, cancer treatment, and alleviating chronic pain.

To learn more about their services Click Here.

Digestive Health & Menstrual Pain Specialist

Green Korean Traditional Medicine Clinic (๊ทธ๋ฆฐํ•œ์˜์›)

This clinic specializes in treating digestive problems and menstrual pain. Although their services are a bit limited, they are one of the most foreigner-friendly clinics on our list. They offer services in English, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Click Here to visit their website.

Diagnosis Specialist

Park Seong Il Korean Medicine Clinic (๋ฐ•์ผ์„ฑํ•œ์˜์›)

Park Seong Il uses a technique called iris genetic constitution. It is a traditional practice used to diagnose diseases. This clinic is recommended for those who are suffering from undiagnosed conditions. They offer limited English services.

Click Here to learn more.

Children Specialist

Highki Growth Clinic (ํ•˜์ดํ‚คํ•œ์˜์›)

This is a Korean traditional medicine clinic that specializes in treating children. Although their foreign language services are limited, they are foreigner-friendly and accepting of patients from multicultural backgrounds. They have six specialty clinics; eating disorders, obesity, physical, allergies, colds, concentration & stress.

You can visit their website by Clicking Here.

Skin Disease Specialist

Woobo (์šฐ๋ณดํ•œ์˜์›)

Woobo specializes in treating vitiligo and other diseases that lead to skin discoloration. For those with skin conditions who would like to try Korean traditional medicine, Woobo is a great option. Services are available in English and Chinese.

Click Here to learn more.

Others

  • Gyeongbokgung Kyunghee Korean Medicine clinic (๊ฒฝ๋ณต๊ถ๊ฒฝํฌํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Park Ji Hoon Korean Medicine Clinic (๋ฐ•์ง€ํ›ˆํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Soldam Hospital of Korean Medicine (์†”๋‹ดํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • MiMi Korean Medicine Clinic (๋ฏธ๋ฏธํ•œ์˜์›)
  • EomJi Korean Medicine Clinic (์—„์ง€ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Jahayun Clinic (์žํ•˜์—ฐํ•œ์˜์›)
  • RoDam Korean Medical Clinic (๋กœ๋‹ดํ•œ์˜์›) CN
  • Seocho Anuri Korean Medical Clinic (์„œ์ดˆ์•„์ด๋ˆ„๋ฆฌํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Sky Heart Korean Medical Clinic (ํ•˜๋Š˜๋งˆ์Œํ•œ์˜์›)
  • GDA Korean Medical Clinic (๊ด‘๋•์•ˆ์ •ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Kim Seon Ho Korean Medical Clinic (๊น€์„ ํ˜ธํ•œ์˜์›)
  • 8 Degrees Korean Medical Clinic(ํŒ”๋„ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Ion Korean Medical Clinic (์ด์˜จํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Tthanbang Hospital (ํŠผํŠผํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Kyunghee University Hospital at Gangdong (๊ฐ•๋™๊ฒฝํฌ๋Œ€ํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Junguk Daein Korean Medical Clinic (์ค‘๊ตญ๋Œ€์ธ๋‹นํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Cheilclinic (์ดํƒœ์›์ œ์ผํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Central Park Korean Medical Clinic (์„ผํŠธ๋ŸดํŒŒํฌํ•œ์˜์›)
  • CheonHo Clinic (์ฒœํ˜ธํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Korean Rehabilitation Hospital (๋‹ค์‹œ์žฌํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Siji Korean Medical Clinic (์‹œ์ง€ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • BaekBi Korean Clinic (๋ฐฑ๋น„ํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Gusan Traditional Medicine Clinic (๊ตฌ์‚ฐํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Design Hospital (๋Œ€์ž์ธ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Bullo Korean Medical Clinic (๋ถˆ๋กœํ•œ์˜์›)
  • BM Korean Medical Clinic (๋น„์— ํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋‚ด๊ณผํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Moa Korean Medical Clinic (๋ชจ์•„ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Beautiful Korean Medical Clinic (์•„๋ฆ„๋‹ค์šดํ•œ์˜์›)
  • HanDok Korean Medical Clinic (ํ•œ๋…ํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Duki Korean Medical Clinic (๋‘๊ธฐํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Hankuk Korean Medical Clinic (ํ•œ๊ตญํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Bori Eunbaek Clinic (๋ณด๋ฆฌ์€๋ฐฑํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Yeonsan Dandan Hospital (์—ฐ์‚ฐ ๋‹น๋‹นํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • Haechan Korean Medical Clinic (ํ•ด์ฐฌํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Maple Korean Medical Clinic (๋งˆ์ดํ”Œํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Na Daum Korean Medical Clinic (๋‚˜๋‹ค์›€ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Bo Geum Korean Medical Clinic (๋ณด๊ธˆํ•œ๋ฐฉ๋ณ‘์›)
  • After Korean Medical Clinic (ํ›„ํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Tongin Korean Medical Clinic (ํ†ต์ธํ•œ์˜์›)
  • Dodeuldam Korean Medical Clinic (๋…ธ๋“ค๋‹ดํ•œ์˜์›)

If you have a more serious medical condition, please seek help at a hospital. For a list of the top hospitals in Korea with English services, Click Here.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kizzy Kuhn

Senior Editor @KoreabyMe. Lover of fashion, art and FOOD!!