Old medicine

  • May 19, 2021


Hello, this is Hiro.
When I returned to my parents’ house the other day, I was shown the old medicine they found in the back of an old chest. When I shook the bag, I heard the sound of the medicine grains hitting the bag.

I searched the internet for words “BAOF”, “Baof (in katakana)”, “Ristoma”, and “Ristoma (in katakana)” written on the front of the bag, but I could not find any information on the corresponding medicine.
When I Google translated “Gastritis” and “Magendarmkatarrk” on the “BAOF” bag, they were translated as “gastritis” and “gastrointestinal disorder” from German. “Anamie” and “Herzklopfen” in the “Ristoma” bag were translated as “anemia” and “palpitations”. It seems to be a medicine to relieve or treat these symptoms.

The paper in the bag stated, “Showa 15” (1940), so I knew that the medicine was about 80 years old. It was probably used by our grandparents or great-grandparents’ generation.

On the back of the bag, it says “Yakuka Kin Goen” (medicine price 5 yen). When I converted the 5 yen at that time into the current money by referring to the following page of the Bank of Japan, it was about 2000 yen.
“How much would it be to convert 10,000 yen in 1965 into current money?” (Bank of Japan (Japanese))

I also did an Internet search for “Kyushu Rikagaku Seizaisho (Kyushu physics and chemistry pharmacy)” which is written on the back of the bag, but the corresponding pharmacy could not be found. It seems that this pharmacy no longer exists.

I searched for a Japanese trademark on J-Platpat to see if the dragon figure displayed with the letters “TRADE MARK” on the surface of the bag was registered.
When I entered “24.11.17” (Ryū (dragon in Japanese)) and “4.3.3” (dragon in katakana) in the “Classification of shapes, etc.” field, 1201 trademarks containing dragon figures were found (as of May 12, 2021). Furthermore, when “01B01” (drug, etc.) was entered in the “Similarity group code” field and additional conditions were added to the search, the number was narrowed down to 62 results. However, there was no registered trademark among these 62 results that was identical or similar to the dragon figure on the bag. It may have been registered as a trademark at that time, but it does not seem to be registered now.

My sister-in-law, who is a pharmacist, was interested in this medicine and said that she wants to look up on it so now it is in her possession.
If you know anything about this medicine, please let us know through the comments section.

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