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15Mercury Potions On An Empty Stomach

Back in seventh century C.A China, a man named Sun Ssuma wrote a book called Ch’ien chin fang, or Thousand of Gold Prescriptions in English. In it, he included various methods and potions for early birth control or “menstrual regulators”.

One such contraceptive potion required a woman to mix oil with

quicksilver (mercury). The potion was then to be drunk by the woman on an empty stomach. The author of the book, Sun Ssuma, claimed that the potion would prevent pregnancy but would not harm the individual ingesting the potion. Clearly, he was not a very good scientist or doctor and god only knows how many gullible Chinese women died drinking this poisonous potion.

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