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A Theoretical Vignette on the Postulated Effects of a Simple Drug by Chen Shiduo (1627–1707):Japanese Sweet Flag, the opening of the heart orifices, and forgetfulness


Pfister, Rudolf (2012). A Theoretical Vignette on the Postulated Effects of a Simple Drug by Chen Shiduo (1627–1707):Japanese Sweet Flag, the opening of the heart orifices, and forgetfulness. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 66(4):973-999.

Abstract

Chen Shiduo 陳士鐸 (1627–1707) discussed in his Newly Edited Pharmacopoieia (Bencao xinbian 本草新編, 1692) the effects of shí chāng pú 石菖蒲 (Japanese Sweet Flag, Acorus gramineus Solander ex Aiton), and applies it in his carefully composed recipes (found in his other works) to open the “heart orifices” (xīn qiào 心竅), and against ‘forgetfulness’ (wàng 忘), where it necessarily has to be accompanied by Ginseng (rén shēn 人參). The opening-closing mechanics of the “heart orifices” echo the activity attributed to Japanese Sweet Flag that is seen as an agent of their “opening”, mechanically inducing the improvement of a memory disorder. Chen Shiduo consistently argues for the double interplay of the heart, as the mental and emotional centre in the breast region, and the kidneys, that are related to the sexual functions and the urogenital system. “Forgetfulness”, in this view, stems from exhausting the “kidney fluids” (shèn shuǐ 腎水), or from “losses of essence” (yí jīng 遺精) during sexual activity.

Abstract

Chen Shiduo 陳士鐸 (1627–1707) discussed in his Newly Edited Pharmacopoieia (Bencao xinbian 本草新編, 1692) the effects of shí chāng pú 石菖蒲 (Japanese Sweet Flag, Acorus gramineus Solander ex Aiton), and applies it in his carefully composed recipes (found in his other works) to open the “heart orifices” (xīn qiào 心竅), and against ‘forgetfulness’ (wàng 忘), where it necessarily has to be accompanied by Ginseng (rén shēn 人參). The opening-closing mechanics of the “heart orifices” echo the activity attributed to Japanese Sweet Flag that is seen as an agent of their “opening”, mechanically inducing the improvement of a memory disorder. Chen Shiduo consistently argues for the double interplay of the heart, as the mental and emotional centre in the breast region, and the kidneys, that are related to the sexual functions and the urogenital system. “Forgetfulness”, in this view, stems from exhausting the “kidney fluids” (shèn shuǐ 腎水), or from “losses of essence” (yí jīng 遺精) during sexual activity.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 66 (2012) > 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:05 Jun 2013 09:23
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 21:18
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
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