Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Asian Inhalers to revive the senses. Poy-sian, a Thai Addiction

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When we first arrived in Thailand almost 9 months ago, we would take taxis since we weren´t very well versed in public transport. Now we hardly take taxis cause the traffic is unbearable in them, but that´s not the point. The thing is that on the very first taxi we took, we immediately noticed a funny herby kind of smell coming from the drivers seat, turns out he was sniffing a white tube, constantly, like every minute and a half. 


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After many other taxis and seeing and smelling the same funny little tube, two weeks had passed and we had ventured to more places in Bangkok and saw more and more people with their little inhaler. Of course we had to know what all the fuss was about so we bought one in the 7-11, a Poy-Sian inhaler with Camphor and Eucalyptus and Menthol and Borneol. Turns out its for restoring your senses when you´re tired or have a headache or feel dizzy. Hello hangover remedy!!! Now try getting Big Kiddo to stop smelling that darn thing! He just sticks it up his nose like its going to touch his brain! Now we are used to seeing it and smelling it, but as always the Thai will surprise you...


"Maybe its good for raves...."

Teen Kiddo and I were on a visa run and through the rear view mirror I saw the driver of the bus with the Poy-sian thing up his nose, just hanging there...like when you stick paper up your nose when you have a nosebleed. When i went up to the front of the bus to take the picture, he immediately took it out...I was like " no, with the Poy-sian!" Many laughs around the front of the bus, from the thai visa run leaders and the Filipino girls in the front seat.

Researching about the Thai Inhalers we found that its original form is really a metal container with little holes on top. It as a top that can be opened, so you can manage the amount of menthol and other herbs the inhaler has and you can refill it how you want it at the Chinese pharmacies in chinatown. I can really only take so much of that stuff, its like sticking eucalyptus Vicks up your nose permanently. 

UPDATE on April 28, 2015:
We have become completely addicted to herbal inhalers. I prefer the natural ones with herbs over the ones with oils. We brought two of every kind to Bali because we didn´t know if we would find them here.





thai inhalers, herbal inhalers, up your nose, reviveCuando recién llegamos a Tailandia hace 9 meses, tomabamos muchos taxis, ya que no estabamos muy expertos con lo del transporte público. Ahora ya casi no tomamos taxis ya que el tráfico es insoportable en ellos, pero ese no es el punto. La cosa es que en el primer taxi que tomamos, imediatamente nos dimos cuenta de un olor medio herbal que venia del asiento del chofer. Resulta que estaba oliendo un tubito blanco, pero constantemente, como que cada minuto y medio.  

Despues de muchos taxis y ver y oler mas de ese  tubito blanco, ya nos habiamos aventurado a mas lugares en Bangkok y por todos lados veiamos gente con su inhalador. Obviamente teniamos que enterarnos de que trataba tanta cosa, entonces nos compramos uno en el 7-11. Un inhalador Poy-Sian con Alcanfor, Eucalipto, Mentol y Borneol. Resulto ser un restaurador de los sentidos para cuando estas cansado o tienes dolor de cabeza o estas mareado....


"Hola Remedio para Resacas!!!!!!!"

Ahora a ver si le sacas esa cosa a Big Kiddo, se la mete a la nariz hasta que parece que le va a tocar el cerebro!! Bueno ahora ya nos acostumbramos a ver y oler el aparatito ese, pero cuando no...los thais siempre te sorprenden.
Teen Kiddo y yo fuimos a hacer el visa run y a travez del espejo retrovisor del bus, vi al chofer con un poy-sian enchufado en la nariz, alli colgando....tipo cuando te metes un cucurucho de papel para parar un sangrado de nariz. Cuando me acerque para tomarle una foto, instantaneamente se lo saco  y yo..."No, no! con el poy-sian!" 

Muchas risas de la parte delantera del bus, de las encargadas del visa run y de las Filipinas de los primeros asientos. Investigando acerca de los inhaladores Thais, encontre que su forma original es un pomito de metal con huequitos chiquitos para oler. Esos tienen una tapa que se saca para poder controlar cuanto hay de cada hierbita o olor. Los puedes rellenar con menthol o lo que quieras en las farmacias chinas del barrio chino. Yo no aguanto mucho el olor de esa cosa, es como tener vick vaporub de eucalipto metido en la nariz permanentemente. Quizas es bueno para los raves.....