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Siamese Marching Powder ??

No kidding !  That’s the Chinese description – 行軍散 – (as per my limited Chinese prowess).   Yes, the 5-Pagoda Medicinal Powder that has been trusted for generations for ailments of the alimentary system.

But why was it called such ?  Perhaps because it did an awesome job in giving the Marching Orders to whatever goblins inside us that were causing the tummy to bloat, or the guts to flush like a monsoon drain.

For old-timers, it was like magic silver bullets (just look at the small aluminum canisters).  Just one canister of that minty brown powder was all it took to restore peace and order.

Alas, these days this stuff is shunned – even banned in some countries – in favor of modern chemical weapons.

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