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Local Viagra a blessing in disguise for these villagers

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Local Viagra a blessing in disguise for these villagers
  • Local Viagra a blessing in disguise for these villagers
    Local Viagra a blessing in disguise for these villagers

    Local Viagra a blessing in disguise for these villagersNew Delhi: A unique fungus, with aphrodisiac properties, is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for the people of Bemni village in Uttarakhand.

    The fungus is known to attack caterpillars, it mummifies it prey (the caterpillar) and then grows out of the top of the dead caterpillar's head. It grows above the ground just as the snow melts in the month of May and June.

    The fungus, known as Kira Jari among the locals and Yarsagumba in Tibet, is turning out to be a lucrative business value proposition for the locals. The fungus owing to its aphrodisiac and performance enhancing properties has become a rage among people looking for to improve their performances on the bed and in the playing fields.

    A single dose of the drug cost decent rs 150. For the villagers it has become a means of earning their daily wages. A villager is able to make close to rs 4,000 in a single day, equivalent to a month’s pay, if they go out to work in Delhi restaurant.

    But, like they say good things never come easy in life, it takes a lot of hardship, effort and pain tocollect a decent number of this drug. One villager managed to find a close to 200 fungi after a long wait of three days.

    Some villagers return with nothing to show for their weeks in high altitude snow fields. Many fall ill. Searching for the fungus involves lying on your front, elbows dug into the scree and snow, scouring the ground in front of you for nothing larger than the stalk of an apple. It is freezing cold, there is a howling wind, and your lungs ache.

    There are other risks, too. It is legal to collect the fungus but not legal to sell it.




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