Jintan (仁丹) is the patented name of a popular Japanese
medicine/candy developed by Morishita Hiroshi (1869-1943) and sold
from the early twentieth century to today. Originally marketed as a
cure-all for a number of ailments, Jintan is today thought of as a
breath freshener only.
Morishita Hiroshi was the eldest son of a priest at the
Nunakuma-Shrine (沼名前神社, Numakuma jinja) in Fukuyama
(Hiroshima prefecture). After his father died, Morishita went to Osaka
and started to develop pharmaceutical products. He was also a pioneer
of Japanese advertising.
Jintan has about 16 ingredients including cinnamon, mint, cumin,
clove, and Fructus Amomi. The silver coated pellet-like pills were
advertised from 1904 through the end of World War II. The name Jintan
1 Packaging 2 Literature 3 External links 4 References
Sōgō hokenyaku Jintan kara sōgō hoken sangyō JINTAN e - Morishita Jintan 100nen kinenshi. Osaka: Jintan, 1995. Machida Shinobu: Jintan ha naze nigai? Meiji-Taishōki no yakuhin kōkoku- zuhanshū. Tokyo, Borantia jōhō-nettowaaku, 1997.
Jintan website Jintan Museum
^ Morishita Jintan 100