Ayurvedic Baby Tonic, Asia, 1970-1981
‘Bal Jivan Vhamcho’ was an ‘unrivalled baby tonic’. It consists of a solid block of brown medication and comes with a spoon. The instructions state it is effective against ‘bronchitis, greenish diarrhoea and rickets’. The medicine was administered by mixing the medicine block with water until the water changed colour. The medicine was then spoon-fed to the child. Ayurveda is a medical tradition. Its roots are in the Indian subcontinent. However, its influence has spread to other parts of the world. This medication and other Ayurvedic products were imported in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.
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