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Koshi no Mushi

Koshi no Mushi

thumb|320px|Koshi-no-mushi">thumb|320px|Koshi-no-mushiKoshi no Mushi is one of the 63 creepy germs written in Harikikigaki, a book of medical knowledge written in 1568 by an unknown resident of Osaka.

This tiny malevolent creature was believed to have caused human illness during 16<sup>th</sup> century in Japan.

Koshi-no-mushi is described as a small fly with multiple sections. It flies into a host's body and makes its way to the lower back area, where it causes diarrhea, extreme sweating and chest pains. 

The herbs mokko and kanzo (licorice root) are an effective treatment.

In the Harikigaki

Japan|Japan’s Kyushu National Museum holds a copy of the Harikikigaki — a 16th century medical text of unknown authorship which claimed that diseases were caused by tiny bugs that crawled into the body. The Harikikigaki advises using acupuncture and herbs to deal with the bugs.

The Belief

Until the late 19th century, Japanese people believed illness was spread by evil kami called yakubyogami. At first these gods were thought to take human form, but later, influenced by thinking in texts from China, some people came to think of them as little creatures as small enough to enter the body. The Harikikigaki, written in 1568, is mostly about acupuncture, however, this rare text includes 63 color depictions of the various mushi (germs) believed to cause diseases. Category:Cryptids>Category:Cryptids Category:Cryptid Wiki>Category:Cryptid Wiki Category:Japan>Category:Japan Category:Supernatural>Category:Supernatural Category:Worms (non-arthropod invertebrate animals)>Category:Worms (non-arthropod invertebrate animals) Category:Asian cryptids>Category:Asian cryptids Category:Article stubs>Category:Article stubs Category:Germs>Category:Germs Category:Poisonous and Venomous Cryptids>Category:Poisonous and Venomous Cryptids Category:Arthropods>Category:Arthropods Category:Kami>Category:Kami Category:Flying and Gliding>Category:Flying and Gliding Category:Yokai>Category:Yokai {{CryptidsNavBox}}