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Tuesday, January 10, 2012


It's been a week since I came down with Puppy Flu. The fever and chills went away early enough but what was left was a wracking cough caused my a flooded larynx. My vocal cords were drenched in phlegm and I coughed up never ending gobs of sticky mucus every 15 minutes. I couldn't talk. The vocal cords can't work too well when immersed in phlegmy fluid.

So today, I went to see the doctor. At least I tried to. I brought the children to the polyclinic for their dental appointment and took for myself a queue number for my flooded larynx. There were still FIFTY people in front of me when the children's teeth had been scaled and polished. I applied to the registrar to cancel my queue number and went across the road to the Chinese Medical Hall to purchase $1/= of elecampane flowers. As I drove home, I had to clear phlegm three times in 5 minutes. The children thought I was gonna die from the paroxysms of coughing.

It took all of 10 minutes to brew a cup of elecampane tea... 20 minutes later, I have NO MORE phlegm. This thing cost me $1/= and I didn't have to queue to see the doctor.


Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

may have its Chinese name?

petunialee said...

Fry - Xuan fu hua... latin name is inula helenium. Be very careful with this herb. Never to be taken whilst an infection is current. It dries up phlegm very quickly and if you have an infection, you NEED the phlegm or the infectious agent will get stronger.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the advice about infection and the use of Elecampane! It sounds very effective if used properly! Happy you're no longer coughing up phlegm!

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...


Malar said...

Very good information! I have tried few of your advice and satisfied with the result!

Happy that you're better now!

livetogive said...



petunialee said...

Violin Lover - Nope... it is xuan fu hua.