菟絲子

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1993 / 2月

文‧洪義男



1.從前有個很喜歡兔子的富翁,以養兔子當做娛樂。

2.阿吉,小心照顧死一隻兔子就扣你工錢。

3.有一天,阿吉不小心掉了一根棍子,正巧打到白兔的腰上。

4.糟了!

5.他緊張得臉色發青,趕緊把兔子藏在大豆田裡。

6.富翁兩三天後發現兔子少了,便責問阿吉。

7.阿吉沒辦法,只好到大豆田找兔子。

8.兔子在田媃p來鑽去。好像在吃什麼似的。

9.咦?受傷的兔子怎麼會有力氣到處跑?太奇怪了。

10.阿吉想抓兔子,可是兔子跳來跳去,怎麼也抓不住。

11.阿吉回到家裡把兔子的情形告訴父親。

12.父親自從幾月前挨富翁一頓毒打,腰一直痛得必須躺在床上不能起身。

13.我想知道兔子到底吃什麼好的,說不定也可以治我有腰傷。

14.阿吉故意再打傷兔子腰骨,然後放在大豆田裡。

15.起初兔子不能動,伸長脖子吃纏在大豆莖上的一種黃色雜草果實。

16.三到四天,兔子漸漸可以活動了。

17.哦!那種雜草果實如果能治好兔子的腰骨,可能對人也同樣有效,快去多採一點,煎給我喝喝看。

18.父親喝了藥汁後,過了幾天就可以下床走動。

19.兩個月後,可以下田工作了。

20.不久,阿吉離開富翁家,專門採集藥草的果實做成藥丸,分給被腰痛所苦的人們。

21.這種藥是因為兔子吃後治好腰傷的,所以命名「菟絲子」。

菟絲子

形態:山野自生之蔓草,屬旋花科,入藥取其子實。

性味:味辛甘,性平,無毒。

功效:治腰痛、口苦燥渴、明目、助筋脈,益氣力。須經醫師處方指示使用。

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Dodder Seed

Hung I-nang /tr. by Peter Eberly


1. There was once a rich man who was fond of rabbits and raised for amusement.

2. "Look after them carefully, Ah Chi," he said. "If any of them dies, it'll be deducted from your pay."

3. One day Ah Chi accidentally dropped a stick that landed on a rabbit right across its lower back.

4. "Uh-oh!" he exclaimed.

5. Scared stiff, he quickly hid the rabbit in a bean patch.

6. A couple of days later, the rich man noticed that a rabbit was missing and took Ah Chi roundly to task.

7. Ah Chi had no choice but to go to the bean patch and look for the rabbit.

8. "The rabbit is tearing around," he said. "It must have eaten something."

9. "Huh? How does an injured rabbit have the energy to run around like that? That's really weird."

10. Ah Chi tried to grab the rabbit, but it hopped around so much he couldn't.

11. He went home and told his father what had happened.

12. His father had been severely beaten by the rich man a few months earlier. His lower back hurt him so much he couldn't get out of bed.

13. "I'd like to know what that rabbit ate," his father said. "Maybe it'd be good for my back."

14. Ah Chi struck another rabbit across the back and put it in the bean patch to see what would happen.

15. At first, the rabbit couldn't move. It stretched its neck and nibbled the seeds of a yellow plant that clung to a bean stalk.

16. After three or four days, the rabbit was up and about.

17. "Hey! If the seeds of that plant could heal the rabbit's back, they could have the same effect on people," his father said. "Go pick some and cook them into a medicine for me to drink."

18. The father drank the concoction. A few days later he could get out of bed and move around.

19. Two months later, he was able to work in the fields.

20. Ah Chi left the rich man's house and devoted himself to gathering seeds and making them into medicine, which he distributed to people suffering from back pain.

21. Because of this story, the herb is called t'u-szu-tzu, or Rabbit's Thread, in Chinese. Its English name is dodder seed.

Dodder Seed

Appearance: A wild trailing plant belonging to the Convolvulaceae family. Its seeds are used in medicine.

Properties: Sweet and pungent in flavor, mild natured, nontoxic.

Effectiveness: Cures lower back pain and persistent thirst, improves eyesight, builds muscles, increases vigor.

(To be used by prescription only.)

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