Korean Tea Therapy in "The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty"

"조선왕조실록"을 통해 본 한국의 차문화

  • Lee, Sangjae (Division of Longevity and Biofunctional Medicine, School of Medicine, Pusan National University) ;
  • Jung, Jihun (Kyunghee Duksoae Korean Medicine Clinic)
  • 이상재 (부산대학교 한의학전문대학원 양생기능의학부) ;
  • 정지훈 (경희덕소애한의원)
  • Received : 2013.07.30
  • Accepted : 2013.08.20
  • Published : 2013.08.31

Abstract

According to "The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty", we know that korean ancestors confuse tea prescription with green tea. It makes cultural misunderstanding Tea doesn't mean green tea but tea prescription. It is caused that tea prescription has been called tea habitually in Korea. Korean don't drink green tea much. Instead, they have had a habit of drinking decoction of medicinal herbs and they called it tea. This habit has developed into Korean traditional tea culture. In the palace in the Joseon Dynasty period, Ginseng tea was used in the tea ceremony. When the king had poor health or had a disease or was even on the eve of death, a royal physician tried to cure him by tea. They used about 30 kinds of tea according to "The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty" Such as ginseng tea, astragalus tea, ginger tea. Tea in korea is not a drink but the way to cure a disease. Korean people usually get to drink decoction of other herbs instead of green tea. This became the basis of korean traditional tea culture. We need to change a definition of Korean tea like this way and study about it much more. With this research paper, korean tea culture should be studied on more various ways and established itself as original and unique tea culture. On the basis of this studies, Korean tea brand can be famous in the world like Chinese tea or Japanese tea.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 부산대학교

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