Poison Arrows, Chinese Medicine and Werewolves


Perhaps you've heard of wolf's bane as curative or even causal agent in the mythology of lycanthropy, yet the appeal of this very real plant reaches far beyond the realm of werewolves. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Christian consider the role of wolf's bane in traditional Chinese medicine, early biological warfare and natural insect defenses.

Poison Arrows, Chinese Medicine and Werewolves

Image Caption: Aconitum Neomontanumv by Guimpel Schlechtendahl, 1830. (© Corbis)

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Topics in this Podcast: Medicine, folklore, christian sager, plants, poison, monsters