[Press release] The inaugural general meeting of the ‘Photodynamic Therapy Research Association’ held

The ‘Photodynamic Therapy Research Group’ (hereafter referred to as the ‘Research Society’) to expand the treatment area of oriental medicine held its inaugural general meeting on the 15th at Kim Ki-ok Oriental Medicine Hospital with over 60 participants, including members of the Korean Medicine Association.
During the opening ceremony sponsored by Healand Co., Ltd., Hospital Director Kim Ki-ok gave a presentation on “Photodynamic Therapy,” a treatment method that involves administering photosensitizers such as CBD oil and then exposing the body to LED light of different wavelengths such as red, yellow, green, and blue after 30 minutes. This activates oxygen and ATP energy within the cells, eliminating reactive oxygen species (a type of metabolic waste) and promoting healing.
According to Director Kim, Photodynamic Therapy shares similarities with traditional Korean medicine techniques, such as the utilization of mental focus, breathing exercises, and physical movements to enhance therapeutic effects and maximize latent abilities. However, while traditional techniques may lack precise targeting like a cannon, Photodynamic Therapy possesses the precision to deliver light (energy) to specific target points, much like a guided missile. 

Director Kim explained, “Dr. Weber, a developer from Germany, studied meridian theory in China and devised a method of investigating both internal and surrounding meridians, which has led to the development of a therapeutic approach that received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.”


He further elaborated, “In practical application, the use of all four types of light in photodynamic therapy, through devices such as broad-spectrum light watches and panels, has shown beneficial effects in conditions including cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, and dermatological conditions. Additionally, helmets utilizing only red light have been utilized in the treatment of various ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia, post-stroke sequelae, otolaryngological disorders, and psychiatric disorders.” Director Kim also presented diverse clinical cases demonstrating the potential adjunctive therapeutic effects of traditional Korean medicine.


Meanwhile, while photodynamic therapy is mainly being applied by doctors in Taiwan, the research society plans to hold a joint seminar with Taiwan in March. They also have future plans to enhance therapeutic effects through continuous research on LED light, photosensitizers, and other related areas.