Secrets of Korean Medicine Part 1: Curing the Incurable

The doctor's story and misconceptions about side effects
November 3, 2015 Updated: November 6, 2015

This series is an invitation for you to think about healing and disease in a radically different way—and to understand how it is possible to completely and naturally cure conditions like eczema (atopic), asthma, allergies (rhinitis), and many more. I hope that what you read here will change what you conceive of as possible for your health and give you the chance to truly thrive as I have seen happen with so many patients.

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok.  (Courtesy of  Dr. Seo)
Dr. Seo Hyo-seok. (Courtesy of Dr. Seo)

To begin, I’d like to explain why I believe so deeply in what I do and why there is a need to change the way we view disease. It started with my own chronic tonsillitis. When I was young, I often had swollen tonsils and once swollen, I would be struck down by high fevers, headaches, and earaches. When my condition got really bad, I was not able to swallow. I received treatment at a number of hospitals and tried several well-known drugs, but never saw significant improvement.

In Western medicine, the tonsils are not considered vital to the body and removal is common as a way to prevent future infections. But something inside me hesitated to take this step and when I entered the College of Oriental Medicine at Kyung Hee University in Seoul in 1966, I began searching through book after book for treatments. For years I chased around an endless circle of ideas about cures without any clear answers.

After graduation, I opened my own Korean medicine practice but felt ashamed. Here I was a legitimate doctor of Korean medicine, but I had to visit a Western doctor for my own health problems. This shame fueled my desire to find a cure, and out of pure desperation I spent late nights researching, telling myself that I would have no regrets when I died if I could only find a treatment. After nearly 10 years of trial and error, I came up with the herbal formula that I now call Pyunkang-Hwan. This formula reduced the inflammation in my tonsils, greatly improved my immunity, and at one moment in 1972, I realized that I had been cured. I began offering the formula to my patients and as the number of successful cases piled up, I made Pyungkang-Hwan public. In 2006, the formula passed a toxicology analysis by an FDA-certified institution and was confirmed
as safe.

Over the past 42 years, I have seen more than 155,000 patients cured with this formula and certain systematic healing

Medicine That Makes You Healthy

In Oriental medicine, the human body is considered to have all the elements of the universe. So the starting point of Oriental doctors is that while the body is mysterious, it is also regulated by profoundly logical principles. Oriental doctors make different causal connections than Western doctors, so complex chronic conditions often have traceable causes and can be healed.

Although modern medicine has undeniably made extensive contributions toward the treatment of disease, it is only just developing the field of functional medicine, and by and large is not well equipped to help patients overcome chronic conditions.

For example, let’s look at patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, and atopic allergies. Blood pressure, diabetes, and atopic medications act definitively, accurately, and promptly to lower the blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and stop asthma attacks.

However, while these synthetic drugs are good at alleviating specific symptoms, they never fully cure the disease.

Once you start them, in the majority of cases, you have to take these drugs for the rest of your life. After about 10 years, you will be taking multiple drugs at a time because their results have become less effective and your illness has been aggravated because it’s root cause has not been addressed. As this cycle continues, your body will become extremely fatigued. The continuation of such a state will markedly degrade your enjoyment of life and your will to live.

That patients are gradually and incrementally led toward death from the toxicity of chemical drugs is an undeniable aspect of modern medicine that we cannot afford
to ignore.

Side Effects

This destructive cycle is perpetuated by a serious misconception about how harmful synthetic drugs are. Modern medicine refers to damage in the body arising from synthetic drugs as “side effects.” Patients accept side effects as necessary evils because of their perception these are incidental phenomenon that unavoidably occur when you take prescription drugs and the damage they do is outweighed by the benefits they bring.

However, “side effects” is a rather diminutive and simplistic term for health conditions that range from mildly uncomfortable to life threatening.

I believe the damage done by synthetic drugs would more accurately be referred to as “adverse reactions” because this term makes clear that the human body is in fact being harmed by the drug itself.

One can think of Western medicine’s “side effects” as the reactions of people whose heads have been forced under water; we’ll refer to them as victims. As soon as their air is cut off, the victims will resist the person forcing their heads under water by lashing out with their arms and legs. Why? The victims are reacting against the force that’s drowning them. With all their might they’re trying to breath in order to live.

I liken the damage done to the body by synthetic drugs to the attempt to drown the victim. The reactions our bodies have to them are the frantic struggles to survive.

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, our bodies are continuously responding to the external environment, trying to maintain the conditions it needs to survive. When an inappropriate synthetic drug, which is artificial material unfamiliar to our bodies, is put into our systems, our bodies become highly tense. The next time the same drug is taken, it will elicit an even more severe rejection response.

The FDA reports that there are over 2 million serious adverse reactions to medicinal drugs in the United States, and that 100,000 people die every year due to these reactions.

I don’t think we should accept these adverse reactions without objecting, our bodies deserve and can have much better.

As I see it, many patients have become enslaved to synthetic drugs.

As a counterpoint to this cycle of dysfunction and enslavement, I’d like to propose the concept of a complete cure of body.

This is a concept I’ve been studying for the past 42 years and using systematic treatment principles I’ve seen around 155,000 patients become completely cured of skin, lung, and inflammation conditions, some of which are considered incurable.

There are two key components to completely curing the body: One is understanding the cause of disease, and the other is strengthening the immune system.

When the body is treated with natural medicines that are optimized for overall wellbeing, the body greets them with open arms as though meeting a long-cherished friend. And though these medicines lack the immediate magic of their synthetic counterparts, they can ultimately restore vibrant health.

In this series I will share my “secrets” of Korean medicine, which I learned and experienced over the 42 years of watching the curing process unfold for more than a hundred thousand patients. In the next article, I will discuss how the lungs are key to immunity and restoration of the body.

Dr. Seo Hyo-seok is the director of the Pyunkang Korean Medicine Hospital, which has seven branches in South Korea, one at Stanton University in California, and one in Atlanta. Dr. Seo entered at the top of his class from Kyung Hee University in Korea and after years of research developed the Pyunkang-Hwan herbal formula, which improves immunity by strengthening lung function.

It has helped cure over 155,000 patients of various conditions.

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