Haimushi 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 is believed to have caused human illness during the 16th century in Japan.
It is known for its appetite for rice and the problems it causes with the lungs. If the Haimushi exits the lungs and cannot find its way back, it turns into a fiery will-o'-wisp hitodama and the person dies.
The herb byakujutsu is effective in warding off Haimushi.
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