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Herbal Medicine Treatment for Induction and Maintenance of Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: A Case Report
한약치료를 통해 관해가 유도된 궤양성대장염 환자: 증례보고
Korean J Acupunct 2019;36:181-187
Published online September 27, 2019;
© 2019 Society for Meridian and Acupoint.

Byung-Hee Lee1 , Jiyoon Won2,3 , Hyangsook Lee2,3
이병희1 ㆍ원지윤2,3 ㆍ이향숙2,3

1Hanstep Korean Medicine Clinic, 2Department of Korean Medical Science, Graduate School, Kyung Hee University, 3Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center, Kyung Hee University
1한걸음한의원, 2경희대학교 한의과대학 대학원 기초한의과학과, 3경희대학교 침구경락융합연구센터
Correspondence to: Hyangsook Lee
Acupuncture and Meridian Science Research Center, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, 26 Kyung Hee Dae-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02447, Korea
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Received May 28, 2019; Revised August 21, 2019; Accepted September 10, 2019.
This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
This case report details induction and maintenance of remission in a 34-year-old female patient with ulcerative colitis (UC) after Korean herbal medicine treatment. The patient diagnosed as UC after a series of examinations including endoscopy in a western medical hospital mainly presented bloody diarrhea and dyspepsia and symptoms were persistent even with medications. She was given individualized Korean herbal medicine prescriptions for 7 months and the symptoms were monitored during treatment and no adverse events were reported. After clinical remission, endoscopic remission was also confirmed by colonoscopy. Clinical remission was maintained for 30 months after treatment without Western medication for UC. This case report shows that Korean herbal medicine treatment may have the potential for complete remission of UC and further research is warranted.
Keywords: ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, herbal medicine, remission

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