Chinese woodcut, dietetic longevity techniques. Chinese

Credit: Wellcome Collection

Free to use with attribution

CC BY

Item details

Description

The image shows two men sitting in a hall, earnestly discussing dietetic methods of achieving longevity. On the right, a child is kneeling on the floor, stirring a concoction which is simmering over a furnace. The diet of the Immortals (shenxian fushi) was the name given to one of the four genres of ancient Chinese medical literature. The bibliographical treatise of the Sui dynastic history lists 28 works under this heading. Such texts deal mostly with Daoist techniques for achieving longevity and immortality, by ingesting certain drugs. These drugs were many and various; some of them apparently had curative properties but others were poisonous if taken over a long period. Dietetic longevity techniques enjoyed great popularity around the Six Dynasties period (222-589 CE).

Lettering

Shenxian fushi (diet of the Immortals)


Using this image

License information

You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

Credit

Chinese woodcut, dietetic longevity techniques. Chinese.{' '} Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY


Share

We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.