Tiger Penis

A Chinese ‘herb’ made from the penis of a tiger (now a black market item) which has had a long history in traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for erectile dysfunction and as an aphrodisiac
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Their use of rare species of animals for so-called "medicine" is disgusting - eg using tiger penis for virility.
Diwakar said: "Every part of a tiger can be sold - eyeballs are eaten for heath, tiger penis soup is seen as a cure for impotence, and teeth are worn as good luck charms.
Keith Harrison stated: "Hmm, the same nation that believes dried, ground tiger penis to be a medicine has the right to ridicule our monarchy?
Rumored to have an astonishing range of properties, from anti-convulsive effects (tiger eyes) to enhancing sexual prowess (tiger penis soup), tiger products in particular demand today include plasters (externally applied poultices containing ground tiger bone and herbs, believed to provide relief from pain, such as that caused by arthritis), tiger bone wine (the product of steeping skeletons in alcohol for an extended period, believed to treat illness and improve sexual capacity), and skin for adornment and home decor.
But I fear he typifies the sentiment of this region, one that says, "if this is the last tiger penis, I should own it, make a soup out of it and drink it with my friends." His lifestyle is not only detrimental to wildlife, but, with SARS threatening an encore performance, to his own health as well.
Tiger bone is ground into a powder and sold by Chinese medicine practitioners internationally as a cure for a variety of ailments; tiger penis is commonly sold as an aphrodisiac.
Diwakar said: "Every part of a tiger can be sold - eyeballs are eaten for health, tiger penis soup is seen as a cure for impotence, and teeth are worn as good luck charms.
While oysters, dark chocolate, strawberries, and tiger penis might make one feel l'amour, there is no scientific evidence to support the validity of aphrodisiacs.
A catalog offered powdered tiger penis. EIA investigators also found bear gall bladder, rhino horn, snake, lizard, a monkey head and hand, deer antler, sea horse, seat penis, wolf penis, turtles, insects, and a whale fetus in the course of their survey in Japan.
TIGER PENIS SOUP (China): Despite the fact that the animals are endangered and killing them is illegal, some people still think that eating tiger soup helps them to fight disease and makes them more potent.