Yes, we are talking about hangover remedies here.
Singaporeans say herbal soup laced with ginseng helps cure a hangover. In outer Mongolia men recovering from a big night are known to drain a glass of tomato juice containing a pickled sheep's eye.
The consequences of too much holiday cheer are universal: Killer headaches, churning stomachs, furry tongues. What is your remedy for a hangover?
Some remedies are practical, like drinking lots of water to combat the leading of dehydraation. Others are inexplicably bizarre.
I've remember a guy from England saying that he rubs a half of lemon under each armpit as a surefire antidote. The lemons must be rubbed clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern.
According to the Web site www.hungover.net the lemon cure originated in Puerto Rico, where lemons are rubbed (in any direction) under the drinking arm.
I can't imagine how this could possibly work, but who knows...
In Haiti, some people stick 13 black-headed pins in the cork of the bottle that gave them the hangover, the web site states.
Does another beer or bloody mary in the morning help a raging hangover? Experts say no, it only prolongs the agony, but the "hair of the dog" theory is as universal as the hangover.
The phrase, indidently, stems from ancient British folk treatments for dog bites, which held that a hair taken from the offending dog and placed on the wound would help to heal it.
Coffee may wake you up, but it also prolongs the pain. Like alcohol, coffee is a diuretic, which flushes fluids from the body.
Honey on toast is a better idea. Honey is rich in frutose, which hastens the metabolism.
Goint to a sauna and sweating out a hangover definitely works for some. For you guys out there this might be a cure for you... you just have to put up with a lot of hairy, sweaty guys and I don't don't if that would be worth it. LOL
The Finns may have invented the sauna, but many prefer a pickled herring and a cold beer to retreat their "krapula," which like the English word "crapulence," means hangover.
The Norwegian word is "toemmermenn" or "lumberjacks." In Spanish, its "resaca," meaning undertow.
Many cultures rely on food to soak up those alcohol-induced toxins.
After I drink a lot, the next morning I need a stretcher. I just sleep and eat the foods that look pleasing to me and ones that I think I can actually hold down.
In Italy, "eating white" means rice, pasta, and dairy products. No tomatoes; they're acidic and can make the hangover worse.
Drinking white is also a good idea. Bourbon and red wine result in heinously painful hangovers because they have more "cogeners" than their lighter counterparts. Cogeners are produced naturally by the fermentation and processing of alcoholic drinks.
Russians, however, seem to like fighting acid with acid. Many drink a glass of brine from homemade pickled cucumbers or sauerkraut.
In Hong Kong, before wedding banquets that are likely to be well lubricated, some plan ahead. They swallow raw eggs or better before inbibing, believing these will ease the pain.
Some Greeks believe in the egg fix as well, only they suck it whole from the shell to prepare fora night of swilling ouzo, the aniseed-flavored national liquor. Eggs can help because they are rich in fat and line the stomach, meaning alcohol takes longer to soak in.
The headache expert stresses that abstinence or moderation is the only certain cure.
Other than prayer, perhaps. As the the English poet George Gordon Byron wrote: "Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter. Sermons and soda-water the day after."
What's your cure?