An expert in traditional Chinese medicine has shown how an herbal formula developed more than 100 years ago to relieve gastrointestinal problems can also be used to prevent and treat hangovers.
The Eastern Philosophy, a small Asian-owned company specializing in herbal medicine, shares instructional videos on TikTok about its products, including $6 Po Chai pills, which it’s described as a “staple in every Chinese medicine cabinet.” .
‘[Po Chai] uses 14 herbs to reduce stomach upset, nausea and hangovers,” the expert explained in a clip released last week.
The Eastern Philosophy, a small Asian-owned company specializing in herbal medicine, shares instructional videos about its products on TikTok
A recent clip discussed the benefits of po chai pills, described as a “staple in every Chinese medicine cabinet.”
The herbs that fight your hangover! What is in the Chinese remedy for nausea?
- Poria (Fu Ling)
- Southern Tsangshu Rhizome (Cang Shu)
- Patchouli Herb (Huo Xiang)
- Angelica Root (Bai Zhi)
- Kudzu Root (Ge Gen)
- Magnolia Root Bark (Hou Po)
- Massa Fermentata
- Job’s Tear Seeds (Yi Yi Ren)
- Sprouted Rice Seed (Gu Ya)
- Field mint herb (Bo He)
- Mu Flower (Ju Hua)
- Red Citrus Peel (Ju Hong)
Noting that it’s the “most effective immediate remedy” for stomach upset and nausea, she added in the caption that it also “helps prevent a hangover if taken before drinking.”
In the video, she dumped a vial of the red-brown, pellet-shaped pills onto a plate to show what they look like.
“They’re easy to carry when traveling,” she said. “Just take a full bottle with a glass of water.”
Po chai pills were developed in 1896 by Li Shiu-kei in Foshan, a city in Guangdong Province, according to the South Morning China Post.
They were made there until the Li family fled to Hong Kong in 1949 after the communist revolution. In 2010, Jacobson Pharma took over the manufacturer of the pills.
‘[Po Chai] has become a household name that is passed from one generation to the next,” Derek Sum Kwong-yip, CEO of Jacobson Pharma, told the outlet in 2017.
‘It comes with a high level of trust and confidence from end users. There is a lot of value in this brand that is waiting to be unlocked.”
The Eatern Philosophy sells bottles of po chai pills on its website, and the company included a quote from the South Morning China Post in its product description.
“Forget aspirin: when it comes to curing a hangover, nothing beats Hong Kong’s own po chai pills,” the Hong Kong-based newspaper wrote.
Po Chai pills were developed by Li Shiu-kei in 1896 and have become a household name in Hong Kong, where they have been made since 1949
The pills contain 14 herbs that “reduce stomach upset, nausea and hangovers, and they can also “prevent hangovers if taken before drinking.”
According to the company, the pills work well for hangovers because they contain herbs for “upset stomach, as well as those for dehydration, fatigue, sore eyes, body aches and headaches.”
Eastern philosophy recommends taking a vial of po chai pills “before drinking to reduce the effects” before a hangover sets in.
They can also be used to treat indigestion, motion sickness, diarrhea and vomiting, which is probably why they are known as the “cure-all” among devotees.
TikTok users who were already familiar with the pills were quick to draw attention to their benefits in the video’s comments section.
“I used this growing up and in college, everyone thought I was crazy until they tried,” one person wrote.
“I always have stomach problems! I tried them after eating a meal that would kill my stomach and it helped me a lot!!’ added another.
‘I love those!!!!’ someone else gushed.
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