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Nov 1, 2018

Proactively Deal with Colds and Other Symptoms

I get sick. A lot. My sinuses are permanently messed up due to mold, so I have chronic stuffiness, which leads to sore throats and a plethora of other issues. Originally, I would see the doctor after my symptoms flared up and get medication as a cure.


It took me months of doing this before I realized that prevention and being proactive is a better strategy than being reactive every time I felt like I had a cold or some kind of sickness. I searched for a lot of different products before I finally found one I liked. It was actually recommended to me by a family member, so I felt like I could really trust it.


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The miracle medicine is called Pabron Gold A, more colloquially known as Pabron. It's a wonderful (I say this lightly, and I'll explain why in a bit) mix of vitamins and herbs that help your body's wellness get back on track. This box is the large size, which I purchased for about 2000 yen. If you're hesitant about making that kind of commitment, they sell smaller boxes so you can see if it really works for you before committing like I did.


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The actual medicine comes in little foil packets like this. You're supposed to take one packet 2-3 times a day if you're really trying to squash your cold. I usually stick to 1 or 2 if I feel my nose getting stuffy or my sinuses are acting up due to the change in weather. 


(You can also see some green tea pictured in the background... I'll explain what that is for in a bit.)


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The medicine isn't in pill form. It's actually a bright yellow powder. (I wonder if there's turmeric in this?) It looks a bit weird, and if that puts you off, definitely don't smell it. What you're supposed to do is throw the powder into your mouth and swallow.


...But this is easier said than done. I remember the first time I tried this, no one warned me about the intense flavor and I almost gagged it all back up. Don't let me scare you, though. The flavor itself isn't bad necessarily. It just tastes bitter. Extremely bitter.


My recommendation is to throw it as far back as you can (aim for the back of your tongue or even down your throat if you can manage). Tilt your head back and swallow as much as you can. Don't let it coat your tongue, because then your taste buds will not like you for a while. I then use tea to chase the flavor down. (That's what the pictured tea was for.)


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It has mucus thinners and other good stuff in it, which always helps me feel better within the day. If you're looking for a more natural medicinal route, I recommend Pabron! 

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