India's theory on seven day embryo formation and its manifestation in Chinese medicine

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TitleIndia's theory on seven day embryo formation and its manifestation in Chinese medicine
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLi, Q. P.
JournalBULLETIN - OF - THE - INSTITUTE - OF - HISTORY - AND - PHILOLOGY - ACADEMIA - SINICA
Volume77
Pagination517
Date Published2006
PublisherACADEMIA - SINICA-INST - HISTORY - PHILOLOGY
ISBN Number1012-4195
KeywordsBuddhism, embryo formation, las-kyi rlung, Medicine
Abstract

It was generally believed that the theory mentioned above exerted no influence on Chinese medicine. In this paper, I - list a variety of books on Taoism, medicine, popular literature, and miscellaneous writers to prove that the theory on seven day embryo formation, originating from the Chinese version of Buddhist books, is mentioned and has come to be recognized. After its entry into the Chinese domain of thought, some noteworthy aspects of the theory on seven day embryo formation displayed in terms of thought is as follows: - the "las-kyi rlung" ((sic)) through which the embryo demonstrates its dynamism is neglected, and the process of 38 - seven days of embryo formation has developed into a mechanical listing of separate seven day embryo formations. This theory thus resembles established Chinese theories on pregnancy such as Xu Zhicai's Prescriptions on Pregnancy. It is believed that at the beginning of embryonic development, the embryo does not have subjectivity, (reincarnation) and therefore pregnancy becomes a process of aimless growth and development without subjectivity. This theory has been influenced by established Chinese theories on pregnancy.