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“I’M IN PAIN!”


“I’M IN PAIN!” Yelled the Emperor in anguish.


Soon a decree was sent to his herbalists. It read “Instant remedy or death by slow-slicing.”


My forefather was one of the herbalists. He rubbed his pain formula on the Emperor’s aching back.


“IT’S H

The Empe


HOT!�

eror said.


“THE PAIN JUS

The Empe


ST VANISHED.”

eror said.


“THIS IS M

The Empe


MAGIC.�

eror said.


“WHAT

The Empe


T IS IT?�

eror asked.


“The wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine blended with herbs to relieve pains, Your Royal Majesty.� my grandfather replied.


Soon he retired from the Emperor’s service. Soon he left China and settled in Rangoon.


Rangoon is in Burma.


Burma is now called Myanmar.


My forefather started a humble medical practice in Rangoon. His clients were Burmese peasants, mostly.


In pain, they’d come to him yelling. And he would always rub his pain formula on their aching backs.


Soon it became the medicine of both, Emperors and peasants.


Years later, on his deathbed, my forefather requested his sons,


My“Take great this grandfather formula...and his brother, humble perfectinit… obedience what relieve thedid pains wasofasked of them. the world.”


My great grandfather took it to Singapore.


Singapore is not in China.


Here the brothers named the pain formula ‘Tiger Balm.’


Tiger Balm has nothing to do with a tiger.


Tiger Balm has been around for more than a 100 years.


It has since cured pains, headaches and flatulence. Yes!


Tiger Balm has nothing to do with a tiger.


Or wait.


You are the tiger.


This is the balm.


Hence, Tiger Balm.


Last week my friend sprained his ankle.


I rubbed some Tiger Balm onto his ankle.


“IT’S H

He s


HOT!”

said.


“THE PAIN JUS

He s


ST VANISHED.”

said.


“THIS IS M

He s


MAGIC.”

said.


“WHAT

He as


T IS IT?”

sked.


“The wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine blended with herbs to relieve pains.� I replied.


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