- Pei Pa Koa is the in thing in New York this flu season
- Chinese herbal cough syrup takes New York by storm
A US News company reports that traditional Chinese herbal remedy for cough called Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa is a hot commodity this flu season in New York.
The Wall Street Journal published a report last week stating that Mr. Alex Schweder, a Pratt Institute architect and a professor who has been having coughing fits for ten days felt better after he drank a bottle of Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa. He felt relief after only 15 minutes. The herbal medicine was suggested to him by his girlfriend who learned about the concoction when she lived in Hongkong 30 years ago.
After Mr. Schweder found out about the benefits of the traditional medicine, he went on to recommend it to the people he knows and soon Pei Pa Koa (shortened name for the Chinese medicine) became popular in New York City. The Wall Street Journal also added that the herbal medicine which comes in a 300ml bottle can be bought for the price of US$70 or S$92 online from resellers.
Just last February this year, the Hongkong listed Chinese pharmaceutical company; Kingworld Medicines Group who manufactures Pei Pa Koa boasted a rise of 25% in their shares after the report. Today, Walmart’s online shop sells the item for US$13.29 which is quite higher compared to the prices in pharmacies in Chinatown in Manhattan which sells it for US$6 per bottle. A 300ml bottle is now sold at US$13.29 on Walmart’s online platform. This is more than double the price in some pharmacies in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
“The number of Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa we sold over the past few days was much more than usual,” this is according to Winnie who is a sales staff Buy-rite pharmacy in Chinatown.
She also added that there are an increasing number of Westerners who believe in the effects of Pei Pa Koa and like how it’s being packaged.
Another sales member from a different Chinatown drugstore Centre Care Pharmacy narrated, “Many more people, including many foreigners, have come to our store to buy Pei Pa Koa recently.” The flu season also helped in increasing the sales, the employee said.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 97 influenza-related paediatric deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season as of February 17.
“I think that (the report) is a good thing. It will make traditional Chinese products more acceptable among Western countries,” Winnie said. “In fact, we also sold more of other related traditional Chinese medicine in the past few days.”
However, there are some disputes coming from experts saying that taking herbal supplements have some health risks too most especially when they are taken in excess, used with medicine or taken to replace prescription medicines.
“I think people who use these things may not even disclose them to the physician, and it’s a problem.” Said Dr. Keith Brenner, pulmonary medicine specialist at Columbia University Medical Centre at the New York Presbyterian Hospital He added, “There’s been well-established interactions between herbal and prescription (medication), and the doctor can pick up on it if the patient discloses it,” The Wall Street Journal reported.
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