Background: Acupuncture has long been a central part of medicine in East Asia. Recently its therapeutic effects are world-widely recognized with scientific bases being established by means of basic research and clinical studies in the biomedical sciences. Even though Korean acupuncture (KA) shares its origins with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has developed into its own unique system.
Methods: We assessed the unique characteristics of KA and discussed the potential contributions of KA to modern medicine.
Results: Individualized approach by KA is based on constitutional energy traits which are considered as a main element in Saam, Taegeuk and eight constitution acupunctures. New practical and integrated forms of therapeutic modalities, such as herbal acupuncture or pharmacopuncture, have also been developed by KA.
Conclusion: Given its individualized and practical characteristics, KA is expected to make significant contributions to the understanding and the treatment of neurological disorders through basic research and clinical trials.