chests are the classical Korean furniture items. They have a
pleasant look and are therefore highly sought after in the western
In former times they were used to store medicines, herbs
and roots. Even today, pharmacies, using these traditional Korean medicine
chests, can be found in large cities like Seoul.
A herbal doctor treated patients with herbal medicines or
acupuncture in a dispensary, which served as a pharmacy as well.
In Korea, a system
of herbal medicines had been established through experiments, and Tongui Pogam (Exemplar of Korean Medicine), completed in 1610, was
a landmark in the development of Korean herbal medicine.
Acupuncture was developed to treat many diseases and medical
treatment, based on the patient's physical state, was practised.
The scene left shows a herbal medicine dispensary of the past
where a herb doctor is taking the pulse of a pregnant woman.
The background of the above picture shows
two medicine chests, each is unique and has a different character.
There are different styles and variations of medicine chests available.
They can easily combine with modern furnishings as a contrasting focal
point. Drawers in different sizes are often used to store cutlery, keys or
stationary items. Medicine chests are the perfect decoration for your home.