A-Yokai-A-Day: In no kameshaku

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In no kameshaku

Translation: yin turtle shaku

In no kameshaku lives in the abdomen. It has a grey head and shell, and its arms and tail are black. Coiled around its body are a number of white snake-like worms.

This nasty little bug kills its host. Afterwards it remains inside of the body for quite some time. Finally, it crawls its way out of the putrid corpse’s belly.

In no kameshaku can treated by ingesting medicine made from kochia (Bassia scoparia). It is a strong herb with diuretic properties. If this herb is mixed with regular meals and ingested, the in no kameshaku will be exterminated.

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