Taking Your Medicine

I have traveled a bit in Asia.  I have seen some amazing things, eaten some amazing food, met some amazingly kind and generous people, grown in many ways, and learned a lot about the world.

One interesting thing I have learned, and that I am going to share with you, is that in Asia most of the things that are considered good for one’s health have either a heinous smell or taste, and sometimes even both.  Things that come to mind are natto (fermented soy beans from Japan) and stinky tofu, which I tried in Taiwan.  Both of these things items have …. unique tastes.  Upon eating them, or being offered them, I have been constantly reassured that they were “good for your health.”  I used to think that was where the whole, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” thing came from.

You’re probably wondering where I am going with this.

Today my student presented me with some special medicine. I was looking a bit haggard because I had been out with my friends and only slept a few hours.  He said it would give me energy.  He also mentioned how good it was–my suspicions were aroused.

He also explained that it was quite expensive. Seeing as it came wrapped in gold flake–which I was expected to eat as well, and came in an individual bottle, I had no doubt he was correct.

I do not know exactly where this medicine comes from.  My student is Korean, but I am pretty sure he said something about China.

The smell was not unpleasant, but rather overpowering. The taste….it definitely had a natural taste.  Another student familiar with the product described it as tasting like a tree.  Not having had too many trees, I cannot confirm that.  It was a taste I had never encountered before–that I am sure of.

Did it work? I have to admit that I felt a little better and was able to get through my day without a coffee IV.

Today’s Perfect Moment is the student’s generosity. The product itself is more of a curiosity than perfection.

If anyone of my readers is familiar with this, or has taken it, I would love to hear from you.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Taking Your Medicine

  1. I wonder what it is!!! My curiosity is peaked 😊

    • Anthony says:

      I am sorry I didn’t see this earlier. I could have asked my student. He did say that it was expensive and that about 30 of them came in an intricately carved wooden box.
      I will be sure to ask him for more details on Monday. I am glad I piqued your curiosity.

    • Anthony says:

      So, my student did a little bit of translating and this is what he came up with….

      Gong Jin Dan
      sexual hypofunction and infertility,
      blood circulatory disorder and physical depression
      hepatic hypofunction caused by excessive stress and over drinking
      chronic fatigue and physical decline
      overwork and exhaustion

      I still don’t know what it is, but I see what it is for. Had I known about the sexual hypofunction (I don’t know what that is either) I might have waited for class to be over before taking it.

      upon inspection, it appears that he just copied some stuff from Wikipedia
      Here is the entry.

      the pictures look pretty cool

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