Fu Ren Liang Fang, a book about the recipes for the health of women

Fu Ren Liang Fang is the first book specialized in the syndromes of gynaecology and obstetrics in traditional Chinese medicine. It was written by Chen Ziming in the thirteenth century. The book’s name literally means good recipes for women.

As a medical teacher in a school of Confucianism, Chen Ziming thought that people needed a book which could systematically collect treatment experience and recipes for gynaecology and obstetrics. Then he visited a lot of places for collecting books. Based on the books that he collected as well as books that his family kept, he wrote Fu Ren Liang Fang. The recipes that the book collects are for the disorders of menstruation, general diseases, and diseases from the period before giving a birth to the period after giving a birth.

Fu Ren Liang Fan has various kinds of editions. In the sixteenth century, Xue Ji revised the book by removing and adding some contents based on his own practicing experience. This edition became popular. National Archives of Japan kept seven editions of Fu Ren Liang Fang, and six editions originate from the edition revised by Xue Ji.

(Two editions of Fu Ren Liang Fang, which originate from the edition revised by Xue Ji)

From the above link you can find all editions of Fu Ren Liang Fang which are kept by National Archives of Japan.

National Archives of Japan also keeps an ancient hand-written copy of the edition revised by Xiong Zongli in the fifteenth century. Xiong Zongli didn’t remove the contents of the original book, but added some contents. However, National Archives of Japan doesn’t release the complete PDF documents of the edition.

(An ancient handwritten copy of the edition revised by Xiong Zongli)

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