Abe Masahiro spent most of last year traveling back and forth between Korea and Japan for business. He suffered from alopecia areata - a condition that causes round patches of hair loss 10 years before it worsened into folliculitis, which is the inflamation of hair follicles. After foing a decade with little to no progress,Masahiro had had enough. Desperate, he walked through the doors of Lee Moon Won Clinic. And in only a matter of monthes he was cured. He was so satisfied with the results that he retuned with his wife to treat her scalp disease.
The clinic offers professional examinations, treatment, prevention of hair loss,hair implants,customized toupees and medical cosmetics. In addition,the clinic provides hair salon services such as perms,dyeing and hair treatment. These services start at 30.000won.
Lee Moon Won Clinic is a one-stop service for examination,treatment and prevention of hair loss and scalp maintenance.
As the first medica institute in Korea to offer treatment.,it has helped more than 40,000 people since Dr. Lee Moom-won started the practice in 2002. Of that total, 10 percent of the clinic'spatients have been foreigners from more than 13 different countries. Most of these foreign patients visit Korea specifically for the clinic's treatment "As we have accumulated numerous cases with foreigners in unique conditions,we are now extending our services to expats' expectations,"he said. Besides English,"we have Chiness and Japanese speaking staff as well."
In the case of scalp diseases,Western medicine tends to focus on the treatment of symptoms by applying anti-inflammatory,antibiotic,sebum restrainer and antihistaminic (medicines),according to Dr. Lee. As the methods are highly dependent on chemical medicines, the symptoms are likely to reoccur as soon as a patient stops the medication.Howerer,Lee said that Oriental medicine is more focused on strengthening the immune system and ultimately curing the cause. although he admitted treatment can take longer.
"in the end,"Lee said,"Oriental medical treatment enhances one's overall conditions and results in higher satisfaction for patients."
On average,Lee Moon Won Clinic combines three to four different treatment methods or medicines to treat scalp diseases or hair loss. The most popular and common combination is Yakchim(scalp injection),external application(applicantion or spraying of medicine to scalp),and scalp massage(cleanse and strengthen scalp conditions.)Chronic scalp diseases(seborrheci dermatitis of follicultis)normally show improvements after three to four months of treatment and are completely cured within six months. Howerer,alopecia can take nine months to a year for full recovery. These treatments entail a visit every week and cost between 3million won to 8million won in total.
"Our services and treatment are not limited to aesthetic purpose. Rather, we focus on helping one regain confidence and self-esteem,"Lee said. He told the story of a female college student in her eary 20s who had come to the clinic whith mother three years ago. "She was afraid of meeting people and was self-conscious of her hair loss,and everntually lacked ant confidence at all and cut herself off from social activities. After we were done with her, she became active and confident."
Dr.Lee studied at Woosuk University,where he earned his Ph.D. in human anatomy in 2008."it's unuaual for an oriental medical doctor to study human anatomy,however I majored in human anatomy because I believe that Oriental medicine should be pusued in parallel with Western dediciane,"he said
Dr.Lee was born and raised in Jeonju. which he call "the capital of Korean food and arts. as well as the origin of Oriental medicine." Korean authority regulates just one Oriental medical school per province. However,North Jeolla Province has two Oriental medical schools,demonstrationg the region's contribution to the study and abundance of high-quality medicines in the region.
The Clinic provides a hair loss prevention shampoo and hair care products co-developed by Lee Moon Won Clinic and a famous hairdresser. The products are approved by KFDA.
Its scientific and natural treatments have recorded no side effects so far.
The clinic's recent research has been forcused on examination methods to evaluate the "health"of one's hair. The examination methods have started to be aplied to patent treatment.
The clinic has two doctors and 14 staff,who see 30-50patients per day and operates on a reservation only system to allow them to focus more on each patioent.
The clinic cover a round-trip taxi fare from anywhere within Soul for patient's first visit.