Ching Ho Tong Chinese herbal tea shop in Mong Kok in 1983. Herbal teas were routine remedies for minor ailments. Picture: SCMP
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

Patent medicines Hongkongers took to avoid Western doctors, and why they set such store by them

Well into the 20th century, Chinese patients preferred remedies such as Po Chai pills and White Flower Oil to seeing Western-trained doctors, either on cost grounds or for fear of losing a body part to surgery - a no-no in the afterlife

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Ching Ho Tong Chinese herbal tea shop in Mong Kok in 1983. Herbal teas were routine remedies for minor ailments. Picture: SCMP
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