Korean? medicine

John McCreery (JLM@TWICS.COM)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 01:30:48 +0900

Pauline Escudero-Shafer writes,

>>One guy who responded said he is investigating the uses of
non-Western medicine in Korea and had not found anything. I replied to
him that my mom's use ( I am 1/2 Korean, 1/4 Apache, 1/4 Mexican) of
non-taditional medicines was largely Chinese. Is that other people's
experience? She gets prepackaged Chinese herbal treatments at the Korean
stores. There are some concoctions she makes up herself that are buried
in the backyard (imagine my adolescent embaressment!), maybe those are
non-Chinese influenced.<<

"Buried in the back yard is not, I think, a definitive sign of Koreaness. There is a mention of a pill whose recipe includes being buried in the back yard in
the classic Chinese Novel Hung Lou-men (Dream of the Red Pavilion).

Odd isn't it, the stuff one remembers.

John McCreery