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Date of Issue : 2021.11.10
Types : 4
Denomination : 430 won
Design :
Stamp No. : 3554
Printing Process
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Size of Stamp : 30 × 50
: 6 × 2
Image Area : 30 × 50
Paper : null
Perforation : 13 ×13¼
Printer : POSA
Designer : Ryu,Ji-hyeong
Quantity : null
Geographically located in a temperate region, Korea has abundant plant resources with distinct four seasons. Koreans have long used herbs for cooking and antidotal purposes, which naturally developed into traditional Korean medicine. Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp Medicinal Plants to celebrate four medicinal plants that inhabit the Korean Peninsula. Epimedium koreanum is a flowering plant in the barberry family (Berberidaceae) that is both perennial and medicinal. It is a rare plant that grows in valleys and at foots of mountains in Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do Provinces. Its Korean name “samjiguyeopcho” refers to each stem having three branches (shoots) with three petioles (stalk) each to form a total of nine leaves. This wild plant grows up to 30 to 40 centimeters, and its elongated, compound leaves and its yellow-white flowers sprout on the tip of the branch toward the direction of the ground around April and May. Its dried stems and leaves are used for medicine called “eumyanggwak,” which has invigorating, energizing and dehumidifying effects to help with people’s lethargy, infertility and defecation. Leonurus japonicus is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae) that is biennial. Its Korean name “ikmocho” refers to it being beneficial to mothers, and it is indeed well-known for its benefits to women. As it adapts to sunny mountains and fields, you can observe it everywhere throughout the country, and it inhabits not only the Korean Peninsula, but also Japan, Taiwan and China. Its leaves are deeply divided into three lobes and its stems are square. It grows up to 1 meter and shows its violet-red petals between July and October. You can cut and cry the young flowers and use them as medicine for blood circulation, in particular. It helps women alleviate menstrual cramps and menstrual irregularity as well as consequential infertility while promoting uterine contraction and defecation after childbirth. Lonicera japonica is a twining vine in the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) that you can easily find in sunshiny mountains and meadows throughout the Korean Peninsula, except for Hamgyeong-do and Yanggang-do Provinces. Its stem grows up to 3 to 4 meters, and it has oval, joined leaves. Its flowers bloom from its leaf-axils in June and July; first, they are white but they turn yellow after pollination. Its medicinal effects are manifest in its entirety from its stems and leaves to flowers and seeds. Typically, its stems and leaves are collected and dried to make medicine, which is excellent for alleviating fever and pain, curing a cold and treating severe wounds and abscesses. Angelica gigas is a perennial, rhizocarpous umbellifer that mainly grows in rich soil in deep mountain valleys and ridges over 600 to 700 meters above sea level. As it has various medicinal effects, it is used as an important ingredient for making various medicines, but its fresh sprouts can also be eaten as salad. It grows up to 1 to 2 meters, has whole violet stems, and emits strong scents. In August and September, the dome-shaped umbels in cluster blooms at the tip of the stems. In Korean, its root is called “danggwi,” which means “medicine for husband,” and is used as a sedative and tonic. As it reduces the risk of clots and boosts blood circulation, it is effective at treating hemorrhoids and anemia. It is also used to make tea to cure gynecological diseases. The butterfly-shaped perforations featured in this commemorative stamp are an added touch that complements the images of the beautiful medicinal plants’ flowers to highlights the theme. Korean botanists have been conducting research on medicinal plants found across all regions of the country to discover and classify them according to their usage. We hope this commemorative stamp helps shed light on the value of Korea’s medicinal plants as well as serve as a reminder of the importance of Korea’s medicinal plants.