In my 28 years of existence there has been no ailment that Crocin has not been prescribed for. According to my family it can cure anything. At this point every non-desi reading this is thinking "what are you talking about?". I swear every Indian kid has been given a tablet of Crocin at some point in their lives for multiple unrelated problems:
Heartburn? CrocinThe most bizarro part is that I have never seen anyone consume a Crocin (or really any Indian medicine) that hadn't already expired. I remember when I was younger and less wise I pointed out to my aunt that the medicine she was giving me expired 2 years earlier, and the answer I got was a combination of revisionist scientific theory with a pinch of racism for good measure:
Marriage problems? Crocin
Having trouble in math? Crocin
...and of course, is your first tablet of Crocin isn't working? take another Crocin
Me: I have a bad headache and I have no appetite
Auntie: Don't worry beta let me get you a Crocin
[stage directions: aunt brings Crocin box, stage right]
Auntie: Here you go, take this with water
Me: Wait, this thing expired like 2 years ago
Auntie: Don't mind that
Me: What do you mean don't mind that?
Auntie: All the active ingredients are still good in this
Me: But don't you think they put these warnings on medicine for a reason? What if I die?
Auntie: Yes, but these warnings are just for the Europeans and Americans. Their bodies are not like ours, they are frail and can't handle anything. That is why they are always getting sick.
Me: But I'm an American...
Auntie: You were born in America but you have the strong Indian blood.