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Category Archives: Strange Medicine
On a trip to Laos, recently, my parents found the perfect birthday present for Michelle: matching bottles of snake and scorpion booze. Recognizing the fact that my mom doesn't drink, this strange gift oozes with awesomeness. "Don't drink it all at once," my dad said. Unlike my mom, he's a fantastic tippler. The ...
I found this lovely flyer in our swank Pondicherry hotel room... Couldn't help remembering this place I happened on in Bangkok:
Sea horse makes for a terrible nasty meal. Little sharp bits get caught in the teeth, the gums, and there's a nauseating salt taste to it. Plus, they just look weird. Like little bone beasts. Most of China disagrees with me, though. Here, they're as popular as ginseng. And just like ginseng, they're used to ...
Just like the baijiu-soaked deer penis, earthworms are a legendarily royal remedy here in China. They're not even called worms, but something far more royal: Earth Dragons (地龙). It all started with Emperor Taizu of the Song Dynasty, who ruled China from 960 to 976. Apparently, he had a wretched case of shingles. All of the ...
Eating snake seems so sleazy, and eating ants is just gross. So much nicer than either of these? A young, innocent deer. That's one of the most common sights in a Chinese pharmacy, and when you see one stuffed, it represents longevity, happiness, luck and benevolence. And every single part of that benevolent deer is ...
I'm not sure what's more disturbing: this doctor's office interior decor sensibility, or the fact that I still let her dig around in my ear canal. (The camera is pretty exactly vertical.)
It turns out that, compared to $3000 snake penises, ants are a real bargain at just $30 a kilo. But who in their right minds would eat ants? Maybe the happiest emperor in the history of China, Emperor Qianlong? He died just before the 19th century began, at the pretty insane age of 89, and ...
Every time I pass by one of those classic Chinese pharmacies, I can't help but stop. You've seen them -- the deer antlers and sea cucumbers sold in gift boxes; the dusty owls perched above the counter; the ants, sea horses, and snakes in cabinets. You can't help but wonder... at least, I can't... why ...
I adore TCM. But I don't know what to say about this bowl of "Pigeon Soup with Chinese Medicine" we ordered last night at Gongti's Xuxian Lou (许仙楼的《川弓海马乳鸽汤》). Yep, that's a sea horse floating on top. I found myself eating around it, taking bites of dark red meats, chewing down foul beans, and sipping up the ...
When she heard about my plan to get cupped, my old battleaxe of a language tutor was furious. "How can you make games of this? This is not a game! It's serious!" And serious, it is. But it's also pretty damn cool. Cupping draws bad blood to the surface, stimulating blood flow and qi. In ...