I love Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa!,

4 September, 2009

nim-jiom-pei-pa-koaLast week, my kid and I were coughing, coughing and coughing and gagging on a lot of phlegm that I swear it felt almost as bad as the croup he got last year.

Since I can’t take ANY cough medicine now, I resorted to the good old Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa, which a trusted paediatrician from Beijing had recommended to me when I had a nasty cough before coming home.

Guess what happened? I got better faster on just Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa compared to my boy who was taking Rhinathiol (Promethazine)!

Because he was running a fever a few days, he had to take paracetamol (which he HATES) that he found Rhinathiol more pleasant. However, after a few days of Rhinathiol, he started to reject the “sweet orange medicine”.

When he saw me taking the Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa, he asked for the “black medicine”. True enough, his phlegm subsided and soon, he was coughing less and less!

Now that more and more people are infected by flu or cough, I’ve been recommending this sweet and pleasant-tasting loquat syrup that claims to:

“Eliminate phlegm, relieve coughs and soothe sore throats.”

Even my Mum was impressed that she’s taking it and asked my sister to buy it for her husband and kids who are also coughing now.

We find that it’s more effective mixing it in warm water (1 tsp for me, 1/3 tsp for him) three times a day.

Try it if you like – just make sure you get your bottle from an established Chinese medicine hall. Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa is made in Hong Kong and now comes in a sugar-free version!

Notes from Wikipedia:
1. A study at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine published in a 1994 article, “Pharmacological studies of nin jion pei pa koa”, indicated that Pei Pa Koa had significant effect on relieving coughs, removing sputum, relieving asthma in vivo (on living subjects) and in vitro (in a lab).

2. At one point in 2006, Pei Pa Koa was recalled in the Philippines as the Bureau of Food and Drugs found Formalin (a chemical used for preserving cadavers) in all Pei Pa Koa products in the market. However, a few months after the recall, Pei Pa Koa was released back into the market as Formalin traces were no longer found in the new Pei Pa Koa product line.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

mumsgather September 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

Did you know that there are imitation ones around?

BoeyJoey September 8, 2009 at 10:07 am

Yup, I find this Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa more effective compared to western meds sometimes… fed my kids this too; they love it!

syn September 9, 2009 at 1:29 pm

thanks for the tips – i got it at home but never used it and also never thot of using it on rye li. will do it when she gets a cough.

Kit September 9, 2009 at 11:59 pm

MG – Thanks for the link! Really useful :-)

BoeyJoey – You too, eh?

Syn – It’s particularly soothing for sore throats…

NomadicMom September 14, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I just bought one BIG bottle this morning!
I liked it when it is refrigerated. Tastes quite nice.

Kit September 18, 2009 at 7:12 am

Yeah, I like the cool feeling too but have to abstain from that now that I’m preggy. Hope you get well soon!

Jay February 5, 2010 at 8:22 pm

$5 a bottle at the supermarket. I love living in HK and I love Pei Pa Koa :)

Kapitan Ho June 4, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I can finish up one full bottle a day..haha
A great fan of Nim Jiom!

Kit March 26, 2011 at 1:02 am

Jay – That’s really cheap! It retailed for RMB20 a few years ago and is now selling for RMB33.

Kapitan Ho – Really? You’d drink it for fun?

Gab June 22, 2011 at 2:05 am

My friend has a concert in a week, she’s filipina and will be in WCOPA, and I’ll be her guest at this concert. This is also great for singers, coz it keeps the throat from drying thus adding vocal stamina. This is great, really. I love the taste and it’s herbal!! I do burp a little everytime i drink a spoonful. Haha.

Kit June 22, 2011 at 5:51 am

Gab – Hi! I didn’t know Nim Jiom Pei Pa Koa is that good. All the best with your friend’s performance! Been ages since I’ve attended any concerts…

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