A man in southeast China who once ate 20 mice in a day says 40 years of swallowing tree frogs, rats and mice live has cured him of intestinal problems and made him strong, according to an article published in Australia's Herald Sun.

Jiang Musheng, a 66-year-old resident of Jiangxi province, suffered from frequent abdominal pains and coughing from the age of 26, until an old man called Yang Dingcai suggested tree frogs as a remedy, the Beijing News said.

"At first, Jiang Musheng did not dare to eat a live, wriggling frog, but after seeing Yang Dingcai swallow one, he ate ... two without a thought," the paper said.

"After a month of eating live frogs, his stomach pains and coughing were completely gone."

Over the years Jiang had added live mice, baby rats and green frogs to his diet, and had once eaten 20 mice in a single day, the paper said.

Jiang Musheng isn't the first person to tout the health benefits of frogs. Some Peruvians drink frog smoothies to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex-drive.