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A Chinese woman was reportedly bitten by a pit viper after marinating it in sorghum wine for three months.

The woman identified as Liu from Shuangcheng in Heilongjiang Province was using the pickled snake to treat her rheumatism - in traditional Chinese medicine snake wine is believed to restore health. 
But her plan went awry when the snake sprung out of the bottle and bit her.
The wine is widely consumed in parts of Asia to treat problems and maintain health.
The woman was suffering from joint pain and put the drink together after she was given the snake by her husband, in a bid to help combat the illness.
Whenever she felt her pain flare up she would pour herself a tiny shot of the shejiu (snake wine) from the large, glass decanter via a tap at the bottom.
But while stirring the snake it tried to escape, biting her on the hand.
'Before the shejiu could have any effect on me I was sent to the hospital for a snake bite,' said the victim according to News.

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Relatives heard her scream and found the women nursing her bite - they later killed the snake.

After being treated with antidotes to counteract the venom, the women was released from the hospital.

AN ANCIENT HERBAL MEDICINE

Snake wine has been considered an effective curative for thousands of years.
Snake wines are used in several parts of Asia to treat different health problems such as back pain, rheumatism, lumbago and other health conditions. It is also widely thought to increase male virility.
The practice sees a large venomous snake being placed into a glass jar of rice wine, sometimes with smaller snakes and medicinal herbs.
It is left to steep for many months and the wine is consumed from the large, glass decanter via a tap at the bottom.  The wine is drunk as a restorative in small shots or cups.
There are thought to over 100 forms of 'Ruou thuoc' or 'medicine wine' available in Vietnam, many of which are infused with the remains of wildlife, with even endangered species included in the distilling process.
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According to experts quoted by Chinese website Dbtw, if snakes are kept in a non-airtight vessel with enough oxygen, they could enter a condition similar to hibernation, enabling them to stay alive for long periods of time.
Eating snakes, dogs, wild animals and insects in Asia is not considered all that extraordinary.
There are a number of these foods which in some cases have become delicacies which date back many years and have now almost become traditional eating, being prepared and cooked in many different ways using herbs, spices, ginger and garlic to enhance flavours.
Some restaurants even have dishes of some animals as their main drawcard and is considered a normal cuisine.
The Japanese enjoy their whale meat and pufferfish, Cambodians are known to eat tarantulas-hairy spiders, while a number of other cultures encourage the eating of rats, snakes, bugs, beetles, monkeys (brains), crocodile, bats, scorpions, honey ants, grubs, embryo eggs and many more animals.

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