Secret Chinese Medicine For Fevers

Growing up, I would watch Kung Fu movies and there would always be some secret technique, or Eastern magic that would save the day. I was fascinated by it, but as I grew older I realized that there was nothing really magic about what was being done (pressure points). Well, either that or it was just made up for the movies.

Anyhow, just like with anywhere, there are some family secrets that get passed down and passed along. I came across one of these family ‘secrets’ a few days ago when a lady I know was preparing a treatment for her son, who had a high fever at the time.

At first I thought she was about to cook something, because what she pulled out was one raw egg and some glutinous rice flour. When she explained that it was for reducing a fever, I was still under the assumption that it would be consumed. So I asked her, “Will your son eat it?”

She laughed, but went on to explain that it’s used to roll over the fevered body, and that the mix will “pull the heat out” and reduce the fever.

I took some photos of the preparation process, which she thought was really amusing.

This is where she cracked the top off the egg and started pouring it onto the flour she had put on the plate.

At this point, she got a cup with some water and then slowly mixed this all together by hand, until it became a … thing… that looked sort of like dough, and sort of like colorless Play-Doh.

And, this is our end result:

She took this and rolled it out, so it had a shape similar to a rolling pin. She then took it and rolled it across the boy’s chest. She said that as you roll it across the chest it will change from cool to hot, as it absorbs the heat. Then you let it cool and repeat.

So, ya sorry. No strange incense made from snake blood and mountain moss that turned blue under a full moon. Just egg, rice flour and water.

If you’re really adventurous, and try this out, let me know. If you’re even more adventurous, let me know if you were able to successfully turn this into a food product afterwards.

(Just kidding. Don’t eat this. It’ll have sweat from a sick person mixed in! Ya, some people have to be warned.)

8 thoughts on “Secret Chinese Medicine For Fevers”

  1. OMG!!! I just tried this yesterday(or in fact early this morning) & guess wat?? IT WORKS !!! My daughter have been having high fever (>38.5) for past 3 days. We have tried everything, panadol, burofen & sponging both with tepid & ice water but nothing seems to work. My fren asked me to try this & i tot “WTF” but decided to just give it a go & it really works. My baby is not having a fever anymore. YEAH!!!


  2. @Jerine: I'd never heard of this either, which is one reason why I was so fascinated! I prefer the medicine but anything extra to cool the body is nice too.@Zern: Thanks for dropping by. ^_^ Trust me, this lady was going all out. He had medicines from the clinic, ice water and a damp cloth which was resting on his forehead at the time, and she was doing this on top of it. She wasn't taking any chances.It's so true what you said about the “effort of love” factor. Sometimes our minds help us heal faster. I think that was tested too.


  3. She'd be better off wiping him down with a damp towel. I can only hope the fever was not dangerously high. It would be negligent for her to be in the kitchen making this dough if her child is in convulsions.Paracetamol (Tylenol to Americans) work too. Guaranteed. Double-blind tested and all.But this is more fun and has more “effort of love” in it. Therefore the psychosomatic impact is higher.


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