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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2016] The Imperial Doctress 女医·明妃传

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As a matter of interest of the our characters in real history. Tan Yunxian (1461–1554) was a female physician during the Ming Dynasty in China. Lived till she was 93. Emperor Yingzong of Ming - Zhu Qi Zhen (1427 - 1464). He died at 37. Emperor Jingtai of Ming - Zhu Qi Yu (1428 - 1457). So that is a lot creative license to create this medical background for this drama.

The drama will probably played the actual history of Yingzong being imprisoned by the Mongols for a year but upon his release saw him lost his throne to Jingtai and was made the Emperor Emeritus Jingtai ruled for 7 years before Yingzong came back in a coup and reign again. Both brothers had relatively short life with Yingzong lived only till 37 and Jingtai at 28. Tan Yunxian was 3 when Yingzong died and Jingtai will never have seen her having died before her birth.

The Real Tan Yunxian's Medical Practice

Tan Yunxian married and raised four children

"The medical practice of Tan Yunxian was contained to women. Although she did begin practicing medicine by treating her own children, and having her grandmother confirm her diagnoses. Records of Tan’s book reveal cases of thirty-one of the patients that she treated. The women which she worked with usually had chronic complaints, instead of critical illnesses. In Ming China, many of the women had “women’s complaints,” or, menstrual irregularities, repeated miscarriages, barrenness, and postpartum fatigue. Other patients had illnesses that either sex could contract, such as, coughing, insomnia, rashes, swellings, diarrhea or nausea.

Tan, similar to other literati doctors, often prescribed herbal medications to her patients. Tan also practiced moxibustion. This was the burning of moxa, or dried Artemisia, at specified points on the body, which was similar to acupuncture. This process, stimulated the circulation of qi. Since the physician applying the moxa was to physically touch the patient, this was not a process that male doctors could perform on women. Tan also served many working women in her practice. Various accounts show Tan’s conclusions of how these women often overworked themselves, thus bringing on various symptoms.

Although Tan Yunxian was able to practice medicine in gynecology, pediatrics and obstetrics, their practice in other fields was limited. Tan was only able to practice medicine in the country among her friends or acquaintances. Even after she completed the book Sayings of a Female Doctor, she was not able to publish it. In fact, she had to ask her son to have printing blocks cut for her.".

 

Since there is no time travel in this drama ... likelihood her romances with the emperors will come to nothing. Although I am intrigued by that Mongol patient (spy/royal) that was really impressed with her.

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@BellyButton wow it means there's  a surplus of episodes per week. I've watched up to ep 11 last night. I just, just hope this won't leave me emotional wrecked when the drama ends..I smell tragedy for my fav otp:sweatingbullets:

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@Jackie1048  Thank you for the history regarding Tan YunXian.  I am wondering whether in actual history, the two brothers died of natural causes?  Wonder about the short lives?  There are always so much intrigue and plotting so who knows about the actual causes.  But ID is just a fictional drama so they may change the cause of death.

Gorgeous fan art for my favourite snow dance scene.  :wub:

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This fanart of Tan Yunxian is cute and plump.  LOL
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Tan YunXian and her maid.
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I'm on ep 6 of this drama and I think I will drop this drama after this ep. The story isn't too bad but for some reason I feel Wallace's acting is just lacking in this character. I really was looking forward to watching this drama and obvi I'm a big fan of Wallace but for the life of me I can't get into this drama. Anyways best of luck to this drama.

 

@Jackie1048

Btw thanks for the fun facts about Liu ShiShi's character. It's nice of you to help share historical facts with us. :)

 

 

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@sugarista
 

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Based on the trailer, it did look like Prince QiYu didn't end up being so nice afterall.  Yes, looks like he slapped YunXian.  Not sure why.  And he also took over his brother's throne when QiZhen was captured by the Mongolians.  :(

 

Fanarts...

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Hi there. I stumbled across the episode of the variety program 'A Bright World' when Wallace, Liu Shishi and Yuan Wen Kang (Mongolian guy) were on to promote the show. I didn't see this posted here yet so I thought I might share it :). Check it out if you have time :)

All credit to JiangsuTV's Official Youtube Channel

 

Also, am I the only one who absolutely loves Empress Qian (Qi Zhen's wife)? I'm currently up to date with this series, I think she's intelligent, understanding and she always does what's she thinks is best for Qi Zhen. At times, I feel so bad for her! 

I actually did a bit of reading into the actual Empress Qian since I love her character here so much. Apparently, 

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When Qi Zhen was taken hostage by the Mongols (?), she tried using all her money to pay for his ransom and she was so distressed that cried until she became blind in one eye and became lame in one leg. When Qi Zhen came back and was placed under house arrest, she looked after him and cared for him. 

Source: https://books.google.com.au/books?id=jHdsBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT495&lpg=PT495&dq=empress+qian&source=bl&ots=h5Z5Cne_BO&sig=m33l9HUfKS5U4Lp5Jtj2KQO5h9E&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD_a2ymovLAhUMFJQKHY-pAA0Q6AEILzAE#v=onepage&q=empress%20qian&f=false 

 

Writers, please don't turn her into an evil character!

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@ei-san_stv
 

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I do not think they will write her into a bad character.  In a recent promotion, she introduced herself as the good Queen.  I like her very much too.

I love Queen Qian too.  She takes care of QiZhen and didn't get into a jealous fit when she knew that QiZhen is interested in Yunxian.

Queen Qian....
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Arg i have a feeling with Wallace being the king it will end up like the drama

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Qing Shi Huang Fei: The Glamorous Imperial Concubine. Where he loves the girl she doesnt love him and in the end he got nothing. just pain :tears:

 

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4 hours ago, Immortal_Angel said:

Arg i have a feeling with Wallace being the king it will end up like the drama

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Qing Shi Huang Fei: The Glamorous Imperial Concubine. Where he loves the girl she doesnt love him and in the end he got nothing. just pain :tears:

 

I watched that series. That was actually my first historical drama of Wallace Huo. He's pitiful there. I cried a lot because of him. I hope the story will not take that route. ..

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I am such a big fan of Liu Shi Shi in traditional roles and garb! She is a delight ever since I watched Bu Bu Jin Xin. And here she is again, romancing princes and kings! 

I really adore this new drama of hers and the medical aspect of it. Coming from a RN perspective, I am at times fascinated (and a little disturbed, haha,) at the different uses of herbs/medicine here.

Here are more of my thoughts and impressions on this drama: https://picadrama.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/the-imperial-doctress-female-physcians/

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@BaiZiHua  I am at episode 19 now and I must say it has been quite enjoyable...especially the medical part if you don't mind the mismatch to history and Wallace's behaviour.   He tamed down later.....I was totally astounded when he said "You know fart!!" when he deserted the ladies in the horse cart.  So unlike an emperor...haha

Anyway, at ep 18, her dialogue with the Empress Dowager was quite witty and funny....you might enjoy that dialogue.

I always like talented people so watching them at work is pretty charming.

Oh Prince QiYu is getting annoying and Wallace the Emperor more charming.....

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@lovehbhjw2013

 

I think I will wait till you finish the whole drama and come back to see your review on this if you really like it then I might come back and watch it. I love talented actors as well and I love Wallace but I guess he was a little obnoxious in the eps I saw him in I only watched till ep 6. As for the actor Huang Xuan I really loved his character in MI Yue but I agree with you I think he is quite annoying in this drama.

 

 

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13 hours ago, sugarista said:

I watched that series. That was actually my first historical drama of Wallace Huo. He's pitiful there. I cried a lot because of him. I hope the story will not take that route. ..

 

I know right? I cried every time too and I loved his character ambition but yet obsessive of love toward the main girl. I feel like the drama might take that route. like

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like maybe when he gets capture by the monguls his will to survive is his love for shishi character. his will to live on to see her and will fight till the end to win her.

 

I do hope that his character won't have the same fate as the drama :(

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