Why do you think Tiger Bone Wine is called the name?
A. The container of the wine is like a tiger.
B. There is a picture of a tiger printed on the bottle.
C. There are tiger bones in the wine.
The answer is C.
Tiger Bone Wine first appeared in Prepare for the Emergency by Sun Simiao in 652BC. The ancient Chinese thought it could strengthen the muscles, improve kidney functions and deal with cold. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has long considered tiger bone as a precious medical material, and therefore apply tiger bones into the Chinese wine made from rice.
According to Li Shizhen, a Chinese physician-scientist over four hundred years ago, Tiger Bone Wine can be used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, general weakness, headache, stiffness or paralysis in lower back and legs and dysentery, and to stimulate blood circulation.
Li Shizhen and part of his work
Tiger Bone Wine has been legally forbidden in China since the 1990s, which is why you can only see it in an auction house or find pictures of it on the internet.
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