Many Cambodians ignore pills for their headaches

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Many vendors sell coffee for a pittance along the streets of Phnom Penh, though there is hardly shortage of cafes.

If you live in the West, you probably pop a couple of Tylenol or Advil pills when you have an ache or pain.  For other pains, perhaps you might put a thermal patch on your back or a sore joint, or use ice to combat swelling.

That is not always the case here in Cambodia, as I recently learned after finally deciding to find out about the patches that I have observed occasionally on men, women and children here.

You probably are smarter than me and thus already have figured out the reason for the patches.  What they do is apply cooling gel on top of afflicted area.

IMG_4470Given the language on packages that I spotted (above) in a 24-hour convenience store and sell for $2-2.50, perhaps I have been blind to their usage in English-speaking countries.

gelNow that you know what I know, do you suppose they are worth a try?  Have you used them?  

I would consider an experiment, but then I would need to suffer a headache, thankfully a rare occurrence.

Email: malcolmncarter@gmail.com

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