I’ve been sick since Wednesday last week (since Gino kept coughing in our direction during our jock meeting; yes, we’re officially blaming him), and I’ve been alternately sniffly, cough-y, phlegmy, runny, sneezy, drippy, and cloggy during the past 7 days. And all this with so many events and wedding hostings lined up! So you could imagine just how willing I was to take whatever gook it took to get rid of this nasty bug! I’m not a big fan of pill popping, so like the rest of my family, we stick to more traditional types of cures. But the bug is so resilient that nothing seems to work. I’ve tried Zinc & Copper, Fern-C, Pei Pa Koa, Biogesic (the only pill on the list), Sea Coconut, salabat, saline gargles, antiseptic mouthwashes, katinko — the works.
So finally, my Mom brings out the big guns and whipped out what she swears is the most effective of all. She buys this Chinese lung tonic and she swears it’s the final word on cough and cold remedies. So ever-willing to try a new cure, I start taking it, and I must say, the cough at least isn’t as bad. Plus, I’m really expectorating oysters of phlegm (sorry for the graphic descriptions)! So since it was a new thing for me, I got curious with the tonic so I checked out the ingredients. I was fine until I got to 2 ingredients that caught my eye and set off my alarms. Why? Here, let me show you:
See what I mean? I almost spit (no pun intended) out the mouthful (ditto) of drink I had in my cheeks. I had this “did-I-just-read-what-I-read” kind of dazed look as I stared open-mouthed (I have to stop this) at those words. So I decide to google what the heck I just drank and it turns out, the “word” literally means, “seed”. So basically, it only meant armeniacae seed and ginkgo seed. So apparently, it was completely kosher to swallow (here we go again…).
So all’s well that end’s well. Apparently, there was nothing to panic about. Besides, they wouldn’t put “that” in a throat med, right? Hmmm. I guess I just have a dirty mind. All I know is, whatever it was, it unclogged the right orifices.