Monday, March 17, 2008

#10 Self Medicating


Korean moms love to diagnose themselves and everybody else. They will often attempt to cure various diseases by consuming what other people might consider 'weeds' or 'deer shit'. My grandmother was once almost arrested in a National Forest for pulling baby ferns from a conservation area and stuffing the limp green carcasses into hefty garbage bags. Sort of like fern-napping. Many of them also believe that the expiration date on medication does not stand for anything; it's "still good".

23 comments:

sara said...

Don't forget about the acorns...they go to random ppl's yards and start gathering acorns.

Anonymous said...

LOL

my mom believes in herbs and s he does grow some weird green things in her garden (backyard )

but she does throw away any medicine that has expired

its my dad who does not believe in expiray dates and he rarely throw things away LOL

Anonymous said...

When i got hives from rolling in the grass, my mom would always make a nasty potato drink in the blender...
The smell of raw potatoes still makes me nauseous.

She'd also slice her aloe plant from the backyard and tape it to my fingers when i accidentally burned them.

Misty said...

What about the stocks of your grandparents' prescriptions of penicillin and antibiotics they keep squirreled away for "when you have a cold"--lord help you if you sneeze once in their presence, it's straight to the mini-pharmacy in the fridge and a penicillin for you.

and has anyone noticed asian moms love refrigerating everyday? I bought a (plastic, store-wrapped) loaf of pepperidge bread the other day and found it sitting in the fridge after three hours because my mom said that leaving it out would "make it go bad".

Anonymous said...

The aloe on the burn is very smart. Also, I use to work with doctors who worked with the homeless. Guess what they gave out? Expired medicine cuz they could get it was free. The expiration date for medicine might mean the medicine could be less effective but it usually doesn't mean it's bad. Of course, I'm not suggesting anyone else do this without a doctor's approval but I'm just saying Korean moms might be smarter than you give them credit for. - A Korean mom. :)

Anonymous said...

My mom used to throw away all medications as soon as the expiration date was 3 or fewer months away. Then all of a sudden she did a 180 and kept medications for years after the expiration date. I asked her why, and she explained that during the Korean War, Koreans were given American medicine that had expired many years earlier and they still worked, so why waste? *shrug*

Anonymous said...

Anybody ever get their thumb pricked right under the nail when you have stomach ache/indigestion? This weird black blood comes out and your tummy ache goes away immediately. Closest thing to a miracle cure I've experienced so far.

It sounds so sketch but this is one Korean "remedy" that actually works every time.

Afraid I can't say the same for the potato drink ^^

Seoul Brother said...

Don't hate on the potato drink. There's a fine line between that and soju.

Sue said...

My ma was a nurse back in the old country, so of course we had all kinds of surgical parahanalia lying around the house. When our pet chihuahua got a bump on his chin, my ma went after him with the scalpel saying, "I do, I do." Luckily my dad stopped her before she could make the first incision.

Seoul Brother said...

Oy gevalt, what a meshuggener!

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, I used to get so nervous when my grandmother would pick this plant/food from a state park. Every time a car came, I thought we were going to get caught. She would just say "aye-gooo! Don' worry so much!" She recently marinated cactus in some sugar syrup and tried to convince me this was going to cure the stomach ailments I was having. Um, no thank you. I don't think sugar is the answer.

-c, said...

My mom LOVES self medicating with leftover penicillin from my grandfather who gets it in truckloads thanks to his Medicare. "Ma-in-sing" is what you call it. She thinks it'll kill cure everything from a cold to a back pain...and I believed her. I only found out about how strong and insane it is only recently.

Shannon said...

My mom liked this "cure all" drink thing. To this day I don't know what it is. It smelled like crap, tasted worse, pinching the nose didn't help, and it literally looked like gooey black tar. But if we were sick in any way or had pimples, drink up!!!

CaptGsGirl said...

My Korean mother-in-law nearly got us kicked out of the North Carolina Zoo because she and her friends discovered "medicine" growing on the trees. (Some weird little yellow fruit of some sort.) They were climbing over fences and into animal enclosures to obtain them! I ended up a "mule" sneaking out of the zoo with my camera bag stuffed with them!

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

I think we've all been there (fern-napping) but I guess my mom is pretty normal (with the rest of your moms) when it comes to eating expired stuff... Why waste? She was a war baby so NOTHING goes to waste around here...

Love always,
Heather

Joolay said...

deer shit
hahahah

sandra said...

that, or scary and exagerrated health stories. like 'oh i saw on tv that if you keep eating those cheetos you will get brain cancer!'

sandra said...

that, or scary and exagerrated health stories. like 'oh i saw on tv that if you keep eating those cheetos you will get brain cancer!'

sandra said...

that, or scary and exagerrated health stories. like 'oh i saw on tv that if you keep eating those cheetos you will get brain cancer!'

Anonymous said...

My Korean Mom gathers up "stinky" fruit from the neighbor's Ginko tree (the leaves of the tree look like fans and in the fall they turn a really pretty yellow color). Some trees are female and bear fruit that falls to the ground and is "stinky". She uses it to make tea! I have never tried any.

Maida said...

The weirdest "remedies" I've ever witnessed was the mosquito bite treatment and how to make short boys grow.

For the mosquito bite, they would take a wet cloth and put some vinegar on it. Then they would put it over your mosquito bite. I wasn't sure if it ever worked, but I assumed it did. They never had to scratch.

My brother had a slow growth spurt, so for two years, my mum made this deer horn drink (it was literally made from powdered deer horn). She would make him drink it. It tasted like burnt toast times a billion. I felt bad for my brother. D:

Anonymous said...

2nd that thumb needle prick remedy for tummy aches - my grandmother used to wrassle me to the floor and do that whenever I had one. I think it has to do with pressure points and stuff. Cray-zee Korean magic joo-joo.

My parents also recently found a giant fungus growing under a tree and boiled it into a tea that apparently cures everything from body aches and tiredness to death.

Anonymous said...

Oh man! My grandma did that needle prick under the thumbnail when I was hungover and throwing up (no, she did NOT know I was hungover, I told her it was food poisoning) and I was instantly cured. It was pretty crazy. Is it all in our heads? I thought the blood looks crazy black too. My grandma said that's the toxins leaving the body.
Someone should research this technique of healing.