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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Poisons And Herbal Medicine In Ninjitshu (忍术用药)
If I can go back in time for 30 years, then I would learn up
Ninjitshu from the monk I met in Ipoh; otherwise in my next reincarnation
perhaps. Ninjas are not only expert in martial arts; they are also master
herbalists amongst other fields too.
I have only able to recall some points during our
conversations and below is what I have jotted down so far:
Let’s take poisons for example: there are three types of
poisons commonly used by ninjas in old days: the one that kills immediately,
the one that kills in 30 days and the one that kills in 70 days. Other than
that there are poisons that will make people drowsy, poisons that make people
crazy, or aphoristic poisons just to name a few.
In order to make an opponent blind, a ninja would use
carbide mixed with sulphur and chilli powder. If these substances enter the
opponent’s eyes, then he/she would be blind.
If there are a large number of enemies congregated inside a
house, a ninja would burn a mixture of cow dung, centipede, and sandalwood powder
with other substances in the vicinity of where the enemies congregated. All the
enemies would be knocked out in a jiffy. If the enemy is only one, then a ninja
would let the target consume some marijuana and the person will be knock out
pretty soon too.
Ninjas also like Amorphophallus Konjac (魔芋) a lot too for when processed properly; this aroid
can be used as food as only a little quantity can last the ninja for a long
time. In another way, the A. Konjac is also used to silent dogs too. I would
not elaborate here as this can also be misused.
A ninja is also human and prone to injuries; they normally
keep two to three types of herbs such as A. Konjac, Arisaema, Sambucus, Ardisia
etc. along with him. These herbs are normally burnt to ashes and kept in a
container only to be used when in need.
Other than that, ninjas are also very particular about their
diets. They don’t normally consume liquor but there are exceptions. Since the
ninjas mostly staying in ravens and deep jungles, they can only make use of
herbs that can be found locally.
In addition to consuming rice and beans, ninjas’ menu
normally comprises Goji-berry, glutinous rice, Licorice and Polygala. These
herbs are thought to be beneficial to human body, mind and spirits.
Do you believe that ordinary eggs can also kill you and no
modern forensic examinations can pinpoint your killer even if he/she stands in
front of you? If you have the time, think about it… On second thought, be
careful what your wife serves you daily… Hahaha… I am not joking!