For many thousands of years Chinese people have been known for their unique traditional medicine ingredients, ranging from rare herbs to strange animal parts. You've probably heard a few crazy tales about them, but seeing is believing. Take a walk on the wild side below!
Disclaimer: We aren't advocating the sale or purchase of these items. They exist. That is all.
Treat impotence and stimulate immunity by drinking a soothing cup of tea filled with black mountain ants. Ants can carry 3-5 thousand times their body weight, so it's worth a shot!
Used to remedy seizures and convulsions, centipedes could be deep-fried, boiled, or served with white wine. Personally, we prefer to munch on them straight out of the bag.
Crocodile is known to nourish the heart, lungs, blood, and kidneys and relieve coughs and asthma. You could add it to a pot of soup, braise it along with other vegetables, or eat it as sashimi.
The Chinese believe in eating what you want to improve. Therefore it makes a lot of sense that deer sinew is used for strengthening bones and blood nourishment.
To spice things up with your romantic partner, drink a glass of aphrodisiac deer genital wine. Chinese elders claim that this always does the trick.
Used in Chinese liquor, the glassy-eyed stare of the gecko is said to scare away cancer, arthritis, and ulcers, among other nefarious ills. Seems legit.
While most people would run in the opposite direction of a hornet's nest, on Baopals you can buy them by the bag! After cleaning and boiling it, you could eat it with bread or steamed Chinese buns. They are both crunchy and nutritious, but probably not delicious.
Used for the treatment of typhoid fever, hernias, abdominal pain, menstrual cramps and more. The taste is described as "bitter and salty" with a hint of sh*t.
Helps with detoxification and weight loss. Simply boil it and voila! There goes poor Patrick Star.
Commonly boiled, fried, and stir-fried, these deadly scorpions are used to treat poisoning. Ironic, isn't it?
Known to moisturize the skin, prevent cancer and treat diarrhea. Your skin will surely be as smooth as a turtle’s shell after consumption.
They nourish your kidneys and prevent aging! Just don’t think about the cute seahorses from Finding Nemo when you eat them.