Ryukakusan Herbal Drops: Best Japanese Throat Lozenge
As I wrote in this article, the Japanese food company “Kanro (カンロ)” is especially well-recognized for the classic sweet soy sauce-flavored hard candy “Kanro Ame (カンロ飴)”.
Also in Japan, Kanro is known for its herbal drops for sore throat such as “Kenko Nodo Ame“, and the maker held the top share for quite some time in the market.
However, at present, Japan’s top cough drops brand is “Ryukakusan (龍角散)”.
Ryukakusan is a Japanese pharmaceutical company specializing in medicines for sore throat and cough and is especially famous for its throat lozenges.
Ryukakusan is not only familiar to us Japanese, but the medicine is also tremendously popular in China, where I hear it is called “miracle medicine (神薬)”.
Ryukakusan Nodo Sukkiri Ame Cough Drops
Several years ago, Ryukakusan introduced the herbal cough drops shown in the picture above, named “Nodo Sukkiri Ame (のどすっきり飴)”, which now has the largest share in the market.
These throat lozenges soothe a sore, scratchy throat so well that the product has a fabulous reputation in Japan, for example, as shown in the review section of Amazon Japan.
Ingredients and Calories
In addition to Ryukakusan’s special herb powder consisting mainly of chamomile and Chinese quince extracts, the lozenge is made using 19 different varieties of herb extracts. And all the herbs are grown in Japan.
Based on the ingredients and nutrition facts label on the back of the package, the herbal drops also contain sugar, starch syrup, acidifier, flavoring, and colors (caramel and chlorophyll). And the calories per bag (88 grams) are 342 kcal.