MoU with South Korea for research cooperation in traditional medicines

It is theorized that a long time ago, the whole of Asia, including present-day South Korea, existed under a common civilization. Fragments of that common past can still be found today in many fields, one of them being traditional medicine. Many similarities can be found in the traditional medicines of India and South Korea in terms of principles as well as practices.

To promote research on this area and for the development of wellness and culture tourism based on traditional medicines, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Banaras Hindu University and Yeongdeok Culture & Tourism Foundation, Republic of South Korea on Tuesday. 

There is a lot to learn from South Korea when it comes to integrating traditional medicine with modern medicine. The Republic of South Korea is one of the countries in which traditional medicine is formally integrated into the national health system. In addition, Korea operates a dual system in which conventional medicine and traditional medicine services are provided separately within one system. 

South Korea, on the other hand, is keen to promote Ayurveda and wellness tourism in their country. For this, they hope to learn from India, whose growth in the traditional medicine sector and its rise to the mainstream as a legitimate alternative to modern medicine, has got the entire world talking.  

The MoU will see information exchange and training of experts and also joint seminars and conferences in the wellness tourism sector. This is expected to open new avenues of opportunities in healthcare, education, the wellness industry, and cultural ties between the two countries. 

The signing of the MoU follows a visit by a South Korean delegation to the Banaras Hindu University in May last year. Following this, a team from the University was invited to visit the International Hi Wellness Experience Festa 2023, held at Yeongdeok to talk about Ayurveda and the Ayurveda way of life. 

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