Ayurvedic Baby Tonic, Asia, 1970-1981

Five packets of baby tonic used by Asian immigrants in U.K.
1970-1981 in Asia
1 packet Bal Jivan Vhamcho [Chamcho]

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1 packet Bal Jivan Vhamcho [Chamcho]
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1 packet Bal Jivan Vhamcho [Chamcho], baby tonic with instructions, and spoon 1970-1981

‘Bal Jivan Vhamcho’ was an ‘unrivalled baby tonic’. It consists of a solid block of brown medication and comes with a spoon. The instructions state it is effective against ‘bronchitis, greenish diarrhoea and rickets’. The medicine was administered by mixing the medicine block with water until the water changed colour. The medicine was then spoon-fed to the child.

Ayurveda is a medical tradition. Its roots are in the Indian subcontinent. However, its influence has spread to other parts of the world. This medication and other Ayurvedic products were imported in the United Kingdom in the 1970s.


Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
1981-1580 Pt5
spoon, lead, box, cardboard, Bal Jivan Chamcho, lead and materia medica
overall: 122 mm x 44 mm x 23 mm, .05kg
herbal medicine
Gift of Nottingham University (Pharmacy Dept.)