Villagers in a rural Chinese village have stumbled upon a drink which they believe to be effective against cancer, with dozens of households now partaking in the special brew on a twice-daily basis.
We’re sure that anyone would be prepared to make time in their daily routine for a warm drink every morning and night if it potentially meant staying fit and healthy well into retirement, but we doubt many would be so keen once they heard that said drink was little more than cow dung and sheep’s droppings mixed with warm water.
The story of the unusual remedy’s creation goes, Xinhua.jp reports, that an elderly woman living in the village of Xiangtan in China’s Hunan Province was last year diagnosed with lung cancer and told that she would not have long to live. Her son, who was at that time working far away in China’s southernmost province of Hainan, heard tell of a “remedy” – a drink made from ground-up animal feces and water – that was said to be especially effective against cancer, which he then conveyed to his mother.
As unpalatable as it sounds, some eight months after having started drinking the brown brew, the old woman is not only still alive but claims to have seen vast improvements in her health, prompting families in the area to start drinking the poopy mixture themselves as a preventative measure.
The manure used in the odd concoction is reportedly collected from mountains and hills around the village, with both cow and sheep feces being used. The animal waste is dried out, stir-fried, and then crushed down into a fine powder. This powder is then mixed with hot water and drunk twice a day; once in the morning and again at night.
It is not clear whether the elderly woman has been back to her doctor for tests since beginning her self-prescribed treatment, but we wish her all the best and hope she continues to feel better. All the same, we’d advise against accepting any cups of coffee or strong tea if you ever happen to find yourself in the village and are offered a quick brew…