Synopses & Reviews
A classic self-help book in Europe that explroes the feminine power of transformation and how women can harness their power and sexuality
More than 1,000 years ago the concubine Wu Zhao became China’s most powerful woman. Her intelligence and erotic aura, combined with her knowledge of the art of war, led her to become empress—and the only woman who ever officially ruled ancient China. Her faithful adviser was the wise shaman and doctor Sun Simiao, guardian of age-old secrets of feminine wisdom and power. Inspired by Wu Zhao and ancient Chinese texts, this book describes the 10 important stages of a woman’s life, and focuses on exercises and magical herbal elixirs that open up the mind and soul to new insights and solutions. A bestseller in Europe, the book has become a favorite gift chosen by women to give to the women in their family and to their female friends and colleagues.
Li and Krautwald draw on traditional Chinese medicine and the life of Wu Zhao (624–705) China's only female monarch to create an unusual self help book. The authors cast the reader in the empowering role of empress of her own life then lead her through 10 major life stages including the Prophecy (innate essence) the Monastic Years (the inward path) Strategy and Power (discovery of hidden desires) and Wisdom and Completion (connecting with the cosmos.) At the beginning of each chapter the authors recount part of Wu Zhao's life story. They then offer meditations and herbal remedies (based on those of the empress's renowned physician Sun Simiao) that are designed to cure women's ailments. The authors acknowledge that some of Wu Zhao's remedies—such as brewing cockroaches to treat migraines and menstrual cramps—are not for the modern reader. However much of the advice they take from the emperor's life is quite sensible such as taking time for one's self in the midst of burnout treating others with respect and living life to the fullest. (Dec.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Christine Li, MD, studied sinology and medicine before spending five years studying traditional Chinese medicine in Shanghai and Peking. She works as a doctor and writer in Hong Kong, Hamburg, and Santa Fe. Ulja Krautwald spent several years as a researcher in medical sociology. For many years she has worked in the field of Far Eastern healing and lifestyle. She is a freelance writer.