It is not an exaggeration to say that plants predate the birth of mankind. Throughout history, humans have been living with the help of plants as curing agents as well as foods.
In this respect, the word 'Yak Sik Dong Won' may have been coined. In other words, food and medicines are one and the same, and 'the disease that cannot be cured by food is not healed by medicine'. In other words, plants are nutritional medicines.
It is presumed that some herbal ingredients might have been used as medicines. The medicines might have come to Korea approximately in the 5th and 6th Centuries. It is also speculated that China and Japan had done the same around this time.
It is reasonable to argue that HEO JUN's Dong-Yi-Bo-Gam in Korea in 1610 was the representative systematic treatment of Oriental Herbal Medicines.
However, in the 19th century, the value and meaning of Oriental Herbal Medicines rapidly faded from society due to the scientific models of western medicines centered on western manner. Especially, due to the fact that the medical education system is represented by western universities and medical certificates, it is true that Oriental Herbal Medicines have been pushed on the sidelines.
In order to resolve this situation, various efforts have been made in Korea since the beginning of the 20th century. In particular, the establishment of the Korean Academy of Oriental Medical Sciences and the establishment of institutions that research and develop Oriental Herbal Medicines are one of these efforts.
In 1994, the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine was opened, and the National Development Institute of Korean Medicine was established in 2006. Based on these efforts, Korean Governments are reevaluating the value of Oriental Herbal Medicines and working to promote to the healthy life and longevity of humans through fusion and complex treatments beyond the limits of western medicines.
H&O BIOSIS also aims to contribute towards human health and longevity by recreating the value of Oriental Herbal Medicines based on these trends.