By now, it is almost an established fact that Japan, our neighbor, produces some of the world’s best candies and jellies. Starting with the famous fruit konyak jellies, I’ve encountered blueberry and sweet potato pockies, green-tea powdered chocolate kit-kats, strawberry sodas, puffy melon breads, ice-cream mochi (rice-cakes), and this list of creative treats will go on forever. And often times, it is quite common to notice KIS teachers and students travel to Japan during their break or AISA sports seasons and return with humongous suitcases loaded with sweets.
But recently, I’ve found another reason to go shopping in Japan— not just for the delicacies, but for the convenient “over-the-counter” health tonics. These aren’t just any simple medications or prescription drugs you get from your doctors when you’re sick; these are useful, safe, and cheap daily life necessities that will assist you anytime and anywhere. Especially for the AP saturated high school juniors to worn out athletes, these five must-buys, highly accessible Japanese health products may one day come to your aid.
1) Eye drops for Computer strain and Contact lenses: Santen, Smile and Rohto
These eye drops will certainly benefit many of our KIS students who spend day and night staring at their MacBook screens and smartphones or even those with dry eyes from wearing contact lenses. Also commonly known as eye refreshers, these eye drops contain Vitamins A, E, B6, neostigmine methylsulfate, Allantoin and taurin that will relieve eye fatigue, a major cause of vision deterioration. Moreover, they will clear eye inflammation and provide extra protection from ultraviolet rays.
2) Cabajin Kowa alpha
Cabajin is not just any temporary digestive pill. With its nickname “national gastritis pill,” Cabajin allows for a long term use in maintaining healthy gastric function. Its primary ingredient is the MMSC (Methylmethionine Sulfonium Chloride) found in cabbage juice that improves gastric movement; a total of 150 mg of MMSC contained in five whole cabbages are contained in six small pills, which is the recommended amount to consume each day. It is also worth noting that this particular medication is also widely available for purchase here in Korea as well, so perhaps you might want to try it out!
Especially popular for its quickness and efficacy, this headache medicine is made out of ingredients that do not harm the gastrointestinal tract. It is non-steroidal painkiller that is lower in toxicity compared to other headache pills, thus creating less irritation to your stomach.
4) Kobayashi Medi-Shield
These are waterproof “liquid” bandages, which means all you have to do is apply this thin, clear, odorless coat of this Medi Shield over your wound. Not only will it provide instant waterproof for any cuts, abrasions, scratches, or even burns, this will also clean and disinfect the wound by natural healing by preventing bacteria from entering.
5) Lion Cooling Sheets
This is for anyone who is suffering from various muscle cramps after standing for long hours with high heels to playing sports. Japanese cooling sheets can also be a beauty product, almost like basic leg masks, providing instant soothing and moisturizing through vaporization of water. Moreover, they come with five aromatic fragrances—lavender, common sage, rosmarinus, lemon, and orange— that you can choose from.
– Sammie Kim 18′
Featured Image: Crescentia Jung (’19)