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In Wikipedia:traditional Chinese medicine, a tiger penis (Chinese: 虎鞭) is said to have important therapeutic properties. However, modern science does not support the belief that the tiger penis (usually prepared as part of a dish) possesses any special potency. Furthermore, the demand for tiger parts exacerbates the endangered status of the tiger by providing a market for poachers. While the tiger penis is consumed in parts of Wikipedia:China and Wikipedia:Southeast Asia, particularly in Wikipedia:Laos and Wikipedia:Cambodia, its preparation is generally condemned by modern nations.
The penis of a tiger when consumed is said to, although it does not, enhance male virility and is an Wikipedia:aphrodisiac. In parts of southeast Asia it is seen as a treatment for Wikipedia:erectile dysfunction. This has contributed to the poaching of tigers for their presumed benefits, the penis being just one of many of its assets. As a result the tiger penis is usually sold on the black market in China.
Medical studies conducted by scholars at the Wikipedia:University of New South Wales and the Wikipedia:University of Alaska claim that as Chinese are rapidly modernizing, more and more men are purchasing Wikipedia:Viagra instead of tiger penis to cure erectile dysfunction. The researchers surveyed 256 Chinese men, aged 50 to 76, who sought treatment at a large TCM clinic in Wikipedia:Hong Kong over their methods to treat impotence. Although the studies indicated that older men in China are finding Viagra a more effective stimulant, they also indicated that they still resort to traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of ailments such as Wikipedia:arthritis, Wikipedia:indigestion and Wikipedia:gout.
The penis of a tiger, deer, turtle or bull is consumed in restaurants in parts of China and southeast Asia and is commonly offered as a soup delicacy. People have been known to spend up to $5700 (£3000) on a particularly rare tiger penis dish, something that needed to be ordered months in advance. A dried tiger penis is more commonly sold at around $2500 (£1300) in Singapore and Taiwan. The penis can be taken in soup, ground in wine (tiger penis wine), or soaked in rice. One method of preparation, particularly in the Wikipedia:Mekong River Delta, is to place a dried tiger penis, with testicles still attached, into a bottle of French cognac or Chinese wine and let it soak for many weeks. Then, as it matures, the preparer takes sips of the liquor every night.
- ↑ "Aphrodisiacs and the Myth of Tiger Penis Magical Cures", Tigerhomes.org. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harding, Andrew (September 23, 2006). "Beijing's penis emporium". Wikipedia:BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/5371500.stm. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- ↑ "Aphrodisiacs and the Myth of Tiger Penis Magical Cures". Tiger Homes. http://www.tigerhomes.org/animal/tiger-penis.cfm. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Chinese men swapping tiger penis for Viagra". News Medical. October 10, 2005. http://www.news-medical.net/news/2005/10/10/13664.aspx. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
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- Photograph - Tiger penis whiskey, Laos