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Snake Wine - Bizarre Sex Aid

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“Sexual stamina during sexual intercourse can increase the size of a man’s penis,” according to the owner of a Chinese Beer store, Li, who says snake rice-wine is one of his best sellers. He claims Chinese snake rice-wine is an aphrodisiac which increases a man’s sexual stamina and his penis.  What a sales pitch!

“Lookout for fake wines which are made with methanol. Real snake wine is made with authentic traditional rice liquor.” Since some snakes are not endangered, trade is not banned and sales of wine are legal.

Snake wine has now become the latest gimmick for many western and European men, plus a few women, as a bizarre sex aid for men suffering performance problems in the bedroom and it’s being shipped around the world, after being ordered online.


Snake wine - drunk as a sex aid for men looking to enhance their libido.

Mixed with roots and herbs, snake rice-wine is preserved for several years before being taken in one gulp from a shot glass. According to WNV: “The drink which is 55% alcohol leaves your skin tingling, your stomach burning and your mouth salivating. You might even tear up a bit, or maybe that’s just me.”

Snake wine is made by fermenting rice for five days and then boiled and distilled, removing any impurities. The liquid from the steam is captured in a container with other herbs, roots and bulbs. Then the special ingredient is added. Normally the Chinese prefer poisonous snakes, like different species of cobra, but many different animals are often added, including seahorses, baby deer, geckos, chicken feet and so on.

Two Kinds Of Snake Wine

There are two kinds of snake wine: steeped and blended. Steeped snake wine is made using a whole ‘live’ snake which is drowned in rice wine, to ferment it for several months. Blended requires dissecting the snake before combining with the rice wine. Blended snake wine emphasizes the use of the snake’s gallbladder and heart in the tonic.

Live snake having it's gall bladder cut out for snake wine.

Live snake having it’s gall bladder cut out for snake wine.

Blended wine has a pinkish hue from the blood and innards, while steeped snake wine is a more golden colour.

* Steeped: a large venomous snake can be placed into a glass jar of rice wine, often with many smaller snakes, turtles, insects, or birds, and left to steep for many months. The wine is drunk as a restorative in small shots or cups.
* Blended: Body fluids of a LIVE SNAKE are mixed into wine and consumed immediately in the form of a shot. Snake blood wine is prepared by SLICING A LIVE SNAKE ALONG IT’S BELLY and draining its blood into a mixing vat with rice wine or grain alcohol. Snake bile wine is done through a similar method by using the contents of the LIVE snake’s gall bladder.

Because of the medicinal herbs that are mixed in, the Chinese drink it for good health and long levity. Li (falsely) says it takes away flu and helps build up your immune system.

The so-called medicinal mixture stays in its container for many years, even when the rice-wine has run out, more wine is simply added. Li says that rice wine is usually clear in colour but once it is mixed into the container it turns a yellow/red colour. “That’s when you know it is good to drink,” (WNV.)

Gall bladder which was just cut out of the live snake, for snake wine.

Gall bladder which was just cut out of the live snake, for snake wine.

Snake Wine As Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Snakes are recorded in Chinese prescriptions dating back 2,000 years, in the first text of traditional Chinese medicine, where they were used for virility. Many TCM practitioners recommend a daily dose of 30 to 60 grams of yellow wine, huang jiu (黄酒), for healthy adults. In TCM, wine is considered a “guiding” drug, which enhances and reinforces other drugs.

Chinese snake wine.

Chinese snake wine.

TCM holds that you are what you eat (bone is good for bone, heart for heart, penis for penis, and so on). Snake wine tonic, loaded with yang energy, is a legendary sex tonic for men and though Western medicine does not endorse it at all. TCM recommends women to sip a little to snake wine to treat rheumatism.

Ancient and modern Chinese and people throughout Southeast Asia soak snakes in spirit, especially venomous snakes. The alcohol denatures the venom and breaks down the proteins in the poison, but the invigorating “essence” of the venom remains.

Snake wine, some made with different kinds of snakes, bats and herbs, is said to nourish the kidneys, generate blood, dispel cold and damp (excessive yin energy), treat rheumatism, alleviate coughs and treat bronchitis, among other uses (KCC.)

Chinese snake wine.

Chinese snake wine.

Snake’s blood, bone, bile, venom and skin are all valued as medicine, especially the venom. Wine that is six months to a year old is considered extremely potent in treatment of rheumatism.

To make snake wine, LIVE SNAKES ARE FIRST KEPT FOR A MONTH WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER, so its intestines are emptied. It is then washed and placed live into a strong container of alcohol (50 percent or higher), which is then sealed for at least two months.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu

Habushu (ハブ酒?) is an awamori-based liqueur made in Okinawa, Japan. Other common names include Habu Sake or Okinawan Snake Wine. Habushu is aptly named after the habu snake (Trimeresurus flavoviridis) which belongs to the Pit Viper family and is closely related to the American rattler or copperheads.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu

Habu snakes are venomous and a bite from a habu snake can cause nausea, vomiting, hypotension, and possibly death. There also have been cases where victims report the loss of motor function in hands and legs following treatment.

There are two methods of inserting the snake into the alcohol. The maker may choose to simply submerge the snake in the alcohol and seal the bottle, thus drowning the snake.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu.

Alternatively, the snake may be put on ice until it passes out, at which point it is then gutted, bled and sewed up. When the VIPER IS THAWED AND AWAKENS it will quickly die in an aggressive striking manner, which is what most producers look for.

The manufacturer will then put the habu in an ethanol bath for a month to preserve it. To continue the process, the habu is put in a 59% alcohol mix for 40 days and finally put in a 35% awamori mix to prepare for consumption. Removing the intestines of the snake, as in the second method, is thought to decrease the drink’s particularly unpleasant smell.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu.

Japanese Snake Wine - Habushu.

A main distributor of habushu uses around 5,000 habu snakes per year and is a very popular item amongst Americans in the military stationed in Japan. The distillery uses crushed rice and Koji mold to produce the awamori that goes into the habushu. It is a typical practice to age the awamori for a longer period of time. The alcohol helps the venom to dissolve and become non poisonous.

A habu snake can go on without eating anything for as long as a year and still have immense energy. Another desired trait that is thought to be passed on is the positive effect on the male libido.

Westerner looking for answers from the so-called male libido-enhancing snake wine?

Westerner looking for answers from Japanese Habushu - the so-called male libido-enhancing snake wine?

A habu snake is able to mate for as long as 26 hours at a time, which causes some to believe that a drink of habushu may help sexual dysfunction in men. It is thought that these strengths get passed on to those who drink habushu.

Snake Wine Throughout Asia

A favourite snake to use for snake wine is the King Cobra (ohiophagus hannah), the longest venomous snake in the world. Cobras are the only snake that can spit its venom and it’s bite can inject enough venom to kill an elephant. When working with Cobras, they bind it’s mouth tightly shut so it cannot spit.

The beliefs of snakes’ healing abilities are derived from snake characteristics like agility, skin shedding, and speed. The flexibility of snakes is believed to be a good treatment for stiffness and arthritis. Their ability to shed their skin translates into a regenerative quality for skin ailments, such as acne or itching skin. Another healing property snakes are know for is their speed. Its speed represents how quickly the healing occurs and moves fast throughout the body (NF.)http://kayay.livejournal.com/164490.html

Happy travellers with their purchase of snake wine.

Happy travellers with their purchase of snake wine.

Medicinal wines have remained a favourite drink for many Chinese and Vietnamese men in their own country but also all over the world.

“I drink different kinds of medicinal wines, especially snake wine, to help improve my health,” said Nguyen Van Vuong, 48, of a village near Ha Noi Snake village, and like most snake wine drinkers he doesn’t think that there’s any harm drinking medicinal wines.

All famous herbalists questioned about Snake wine and others medicinal wines said that these wines could cause problems if taken in excessive amounts, but fortunately not health threatening problems. The effectiveness and quality of the wines also depend on the quality of ingredients and the liquor.

Snake wine at a Chinese traditional medicine store.

Snake wine at a traditional Chinese medicine store.

Oriental medicinal wines have long been believed to help promote blood circulation, with the alcohol helping the body absorb the medicinal content. Some recipes help prolong human life or improve men’s sexual stamina, but all these wines must be used properly, and nobody should abuse drinking them, or the effects could be worst than the illness or condition for which they are used.

The following account is from a tourist who travelled through China:

In southern China I visited the Snake King & Completely Restaurant in Guangzhou When I visited there were 75 different snake dishes on the menu and seventeen different wine drinks that had snake as one of the ingredients. These included something labeled “Magnificant Packing Three Snake Gall Bladder Wine” and, mysteriously, “Toad and Snake’s Seminal Vesicle.”

Snake wine.

Snake wine.

The waitress watched as I sipped it and applauded as I then emptied the tiny glass in a gulp. It burned going down as a straight shot of tequila—which it resembled in colour, and left a residual warm feeling from my esophagus to my gut. Which is what it was supposed to do. Snake is categorized as a yang food, representing the positive, bright and masculine half of the Chinese yin/yang philosophy (yin being negative, dark, and feminine). Its consumption is especially recommended during the winter months, when it is believed it will warm the blood.

“Ganbei!” —the traditional Chinese toast is Ganbei! meaning “empty glass”— the man called loudly. The sediment wasn’t so thick as to involve any chewing and the wine went down without the fiery glow I’d experienced earlier.

“Lovely,” I said as I examined the bottle, surprised to find on the label some English text. The first thing that caught my attention was the fact that what I’d swallowed was Five Testes & Penises Wine (KLJ.)

Besides pure rice wine,  I was assured the common ingredient in virtually every exotic wine sold in Asia is the genitals of snake, sheep, ox, deer, and dog.

Snake wine.

Snake wine.

Sold In Many Places

In the Imperial Herbal Restaurant in Singapore, a few steps from the Raffles Hotel, a resident Chinese herbalist diagnosed customer ills and imbalances, prescribing certain dishes or drinks on the menu as being helpful. The choice of wines included one with deer penis, starting at US$12 a glass, with a two-liter bottle costing $450!

At a sidewalk cafe in Sapa, Vietnam, in the mountains near the Chinese border and also in Vietnam, at the Hanoi airport, where I found a bottle of wine containing a gecko the size of a small kitten, priced at $2, next to a bottle that contained a coiled cobra for $80.

In the lobby bar of the five-star Baan Boran Hotel in northern Thailand overlooking the Golden Triangle, the bartender poured a shot from a bottle of amber liquid that contained a single scorpion. Like the cobra, also ready to strike, though well past any ability to do so.

Snake wine.

Snake wine.

In Conclusion

Throughout the ages people have used many forms of stimulants to enhance their sexual performance and boost their health, in the quest for longevity of life. Some remedies are more bizarre than others and many have been and still are downright cruel to the animals used.

Other formulas that people have used throughout the centuries to boost their sexual interest are less well known: powdered lizard in white wine; dried black ants mixed with olive oil; snake blood; jackal bile or ass’s milk (rubbed on the male and female genitals prior to intercourse); fermented leeches (poured over the penis); melted fat from a camel’s hump; the king eider duck’s billknob (ingested); skin of the toad Bufo Bufo gargarizans (known as Chan Su, a topical preparation that can be deadly when ingested); and the flesh of the lion-tailed macaque (ingested).

Snake wine.

Snake wine.

Snakes are cruelly abused to be made into snake wine; being starved of food and water for a month, being sliced open along the belly - while still alive, to being drowned in wine, while posed in their once most proud stance.

There is no scientific evidence that snake wine cures medical illnesses. There is no scientific evidence snake wine does anything for a man’s libido or his erection or his staying power. Seek professional medical help from a Sex Therapist, but do not expect it from drinking snakes in a bottle.

If you are considering ordering snake wine online, before ordering please consider the suffering each snake endures for the sake of snake wine.

Thank you for reading,

Michele Brown.

To read more about animals eaten to increase the male libido, please read the following article:

The Dog Meat trade: Sex, Lies and Brutality.

The Dog Meat Trade: Sex, Lies and Brutality

The Dog Meat Trade: Sex, Lies and Brutality

Welcome to the dog and cat meat trade, where the treatment of animals is unregulated, cruelty goes unchecked and butchers answer to no one. Worst of all, in many dog and cat-eating countries, parents expose their children to the trade at a very young age, desensitizing them against animal cruelty in a way that only works to perpetuate this gruesome trade, generation after generation.

Small children are often involved in killing dogs and cats, either by observing or helping their parents commit acts of brutality and murder. In the same manner that parents may hide coins in the Christmas pudding to surprise their children, children of dog and cat eaters are “surprised” by the news that the meal they ate the night before was not funny-tasting beef, but dog. And so the next generation of dog-eaters is born.

Small children can be seen accompanying their parents to dog and cat meat markets, peering in wonder at small animals housed in cramped, dirty cages. Meanwhile, their parents roughly pick up puppies and tip them upside down – similar to the way you might examine an orange in a grocery store – only to throw them down and do the same with several more pups until they decide which one they want. The child is simply excited because he is getting a living “thing” to play with for a while.

It’s not unusual for a family to raise a dog for about four months – just enough time for a child to think of the dog as their own pet – then kill it and eat it. One of the attractions of fattening a puppy at home is that you can kill it in the “traditional” manner, which ensures you will not end up with soft, tender meat, considered sub-standard by dog meat-eaters.

This thinking is in complete opposition to the western and European world when it comes to the quality of meat. Western and European carnivores demand tender meat, brought about by inducing as little stress as possible upon farm animals leading up to and during their slaughter. This goes hand in hand with regulations enforced by official meat inspectors within regulated slaughterhouse industries.

In complete contrast to western and European ways, Asia and African dog-eaters demand tough meat, believing that when men eat tough meat it makes them “tough.” What they really mean is that tough meat is believed to act as a male sexual stimulant and promote virility and sexual prowess, giving a man longer staying power and extra energy for a repeat performance, regardless of his age.

This belief is absolutely false and without merit – there is absolutely no scientific evidence that proves that gorging on dog meat does anything to aid a man’s sexual performance or cure his difficulties, such as premature ejaculation. Men with challenges in the bedroom should simply see a doctor, a sex therapist, or both!

Thinking that dog meat acts as a sexual aid is only the tip of the iceberg, because these people aren’t interested in eating just any type of dog meat – the animal must be killed in a certain manner in order for the meat to work its “magic,” according to numerous dog meat-eating men I have interviewed across many dog and cat-eating nations.


Customers demand that the dog be tortured to ensure full flavour, which is affectionately called “tenderising.” The most important factor to a dog meat eater is that when killing a dog, its body is flooded with adrenaline, which is pumped though the dog’s body when terrified and in agony. This over-saturation of adrenaline produces the tough meat consistency and strong flavour so greatly desired by dog meat aficionados.

Fake Sexual Performance Claims

Because dog meat is falsely promoted as possessing magical sexual powers, it is mainly eaten by men, who like to eat it in groups. Depending on the country, it is usually frowned upon for women to even consider eating dog meat, however there are exceptions in the case of pregnancy and postpartum conditions.

I’ve interviewed numerous dog butchers from different countries and they’ve all intimated that the sexual potency of dog meat is far too strong for fragile womenfolk to handle. They seem to believe that the meat may cause the fairer sex to go out of control and become irrational with lust – heaven forbid! According to dog and cat meat butchers, such lusts are a man’s domain and are not something women should trouble their minds over.

In dog and cat meat markets, it isn’t unusual to see evidence of this ignorant, sexist and perverted thinking. For example, an elderly South Korean woman building up her husband’s ego by announcing that dog meat allows her husband to “cuddle her twice in one night” as she breaks up into giggles while he puffs out his chest. Or a devoted father taking his young boy out for a day and buying a puppy, which in reality is really no different than his shopping at an adult store and perusing the sexual aid products with his son in tow.

Although there ‘are’ animal lovers in dog and cat eating countries, for the most part cruelty is simply an accepted part of life for many of the people, where they are conditioned, brainwashed and desensitised to believe that animals are simply lesser beings that are meant to be used, tortured and consumed. That’s why you’ll commonly hear the same defensive protests from these people when questioned about their taste for dog meat: “it’s no different than eating a cow, pig or chicken!” Yes, it is different because there is no regulation, no oversight and no protection of companion animals from the deliberate inflicted cruelty that goes hand-in-hand with dog and cat meat-eating.

Livestock are regulated and have rights whereas dogs and cats are not regulated and have no rights. However, legislation and/or legalisation will only make the situation worse because many countries already have existing laws in placethat are openly ignored, so more laws are NOT the answer. The only solution is to end the dog and cat meat trade. 

Dog Butchers

The practices dog meat butchers use are beyond gruesome. Notice in the (top) photograph that the dog has been bludgeoned in the head with a wooden mallet, which would not kill the dog at all. The dog would simply be stunned due to head injuries, giving the killer enough time to stab it in the chest – not to kill the dog but simply to inflict agony, guaranteeing that the animal’s body floods with adrenaline. This ensures tough meat.

After bludgeoning and then stabbing the dog, the man would “tenderize” the dog by repeatedly bludgeoning the tender parts of its body, such as its belly and groin, as the dog writhes on the ground in agony. The man would then begin skinning the dog alive. 

Small dogs and puppies are often clubbed on the head to stun them, (not to kill them), then their fur is scrapped off with a knife, which does not kill them either, then the conscious dog or puppy is boiled alive and left to flail in a vat of boiling water whilst being cooked from the outside in, as shown in the photo below.

In South Korea’s main dog and cat meat market, Moran Market, dog butchers have modernised their killing methods, due to the daily quantity of dogs they kill and these days they mostly electrocute the dogs in either their mouth or genitals, However, this only stuns the dogs and does not kill them. After dropping to the ground and seizing, the dogs are dragged into the killing rooms where they regain consciousness and are them thrown into  hair removal machines, which are giant agitators of boiling water that rips the fur off the dog’s body as the machine spins violently. The dog is then hung by the neck and set on fire from the flames of a blowtorch. “Traditional” killing method (torture) is still available on request at Moran Market.

Good old-fashioned “traditional” tortures can last up to one hour. In some countries such as South Korea, one method involves hanging a fully conscious dog by the neck and beating it with a club whilst repeatedly giving the dog multiple electric shocks, just to add more agony, but not to kill it. Over the course of close to an hour, the still alive but petrified and agonised dog is set it on fire with a blow torch and slowly cooked alive. When the word “traditional” is mentioned in relation to dog meat, it is referring to preferred and deliberate brutal torture methods.

When the initial flames hit the dog’s flesh, its entire body shudders violently while its eyes roll back in its head. Even several minutes later, there are still signs of life such as the dog’s ears still flick back and forth and it’s lower jaw opens and closes, as if to let out silent screams, as it cooks from the outside in.

Having witnessed this torture firsthand I can tell you it is perhaps one of the most horrific things to witness, not just because the cruelty is so intentional and extreme but also because the so-called human’s objective is not to kill the animal right away, but rather to torture it for as long as possible.

Whether by hanging, bludgeoning, stabbing, boiling, burning or skinning alive, there is no humane way to kill a dog or a cat in the meat trade. The only answer is to simply ban this trade wherever it exists. It is a cruel and gruesome industry that thrives due to greed, ignorance, cultural superstition and emotional desensitization. Eating dog and cat meat does not cure anything – it only causes the suffering and death of dogs and cats!

Companion animals must be protected and most importantly, taken off the menu. Domesticated thousands of years ago to be just that – our companions – dogs and cats are our friends, not food!

Michele Brown.


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