Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Pregnancy and Gestation in Chinese Classical Texts

Text editor: Caroline Root

  • Verlag: Monkey Press
  • ISBN: 9781872468389
  • 2007, 130 pages


Lieferzeit: ca. 5 - 10 Tage/days


This work by Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée examines classical Chinese medical literature to presents the various transformations for mother and developing infant during pregnancy.
The discussion begins with Suwen chapter 1, which describes the unfolding of female fertility, then looks at descriptions of the pulses during pregnancy. A month-by-month description of pregnancy is given drawing specifically on the Zhubing Yuanhou Lun, the Mawangdui manuscripts, and the writings of Sun Simiao.
Two later texts, the Qipolun and the Luxingjing, are particularly interesting because they present alternative and more unusual images of the developing fetus, and speak of the presence of the spirits (hun, po, and shen) in the fetus.
These ancient teachings are still valuable today for our understanding of the transformations of blood and qi which take place during the ten months of a pregnancy.
The material will be of great help to those working with pregant woman or simply interested in the classical Chinese perception of women’s health and fertility.


Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée

Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, Jahrgang 1949, ist eine international anerkannte Autorin, die sich im Bereich der TCM einen Namen gemacht hat. Dabei hat sie mit Autoren wie Larre und Dr. Jean Schatz zusammengearbeitet und interessante Werke erschaffen. Ihre Bücher sind in Französisch und Italienisch veröffentlicht worden, ebenfalls in Englisch.…