Kanro Kenko Nodoame : Japan’s First “Nodo-Ame” Cough Drops

The people who are delicate in health are apt to catch a cold during the winter season. Actually, I’m one of them, and when I catch a cold, I often have a sore throat.

When it comes to Japanese cough drops, or the lozenge for curing a sore throat, “Ryukakusan (龍角散)” and “Kanro (カンロ)” are the top 2 leading companies with a large share in the Japan’s market.

As I wrote an article about Ryukakusan before, at present the Japanese company has the best-selling herbal drops for sore throat in Japan (Amazon.com).

However, Kanro is the first Japanese company that introduced cough drops “Nodo-Ame (のど飴 : literally Throat Candy)” into Japan’s market and is well-known as a pioneer of the Nodoame lozenges.

Kanro Kenko Nodo Ame (カンロ健康のど飴 : Kanro Healthy Throat Candy) 

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The first Nodoame lozenge put on Japan’s market is this “Kanro Kenko Nodo Ame (カンロ 健康のど飴)”, literally “Kanro Healthy Throat Candy”. The Kanro’s herbal drops for sore throat is a long-selling item released in 1981.

The main ingredients in the herbal lozenge are honey containing Chinese quince extract and various kinds of herb extracts. What is better, the Kanro Nodoame contains no coloring or artificial sweeteners.

The Japanese herbal lozenge is not so sweet and has a right amount of herb extract that gives you a pleasant refreshing sensation of menthol.

If you are looking for nice Japanese cough drops, or Japanese Nodoame lozenges for curing a sore throat, Kanro Kenko Nodo Ame is worth a try and is especially recommended to those who like herbs.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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