Drug Facts
Written in English
Marketing what I know as Pak Fah Yeow
As “White Flower Analgesic Balm”
For the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain
To a Westernized audience

Mom never reads these drug facts
She knows from aa3 po4 that Pak Fah Yeow
Is all-purpose
For insect bites, stomach aches, congestion relief, ankle sprains
A little goes a long way

Pak Fah Yeow goes everywhere
In the medicine cabinet In mom’s purse
In the car
And even in my college dorm

The scents of multiple flowers and herbs
Eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint
Fused with menthol
Waft into my nose in a soothing minty aroma
As I warmly rub it on my skin
The menthol creates a cooling sensation
that juxtaposes the warmth
Easing my muscles into relaxation
As I breathe a sigh of relief


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