Come on! Doesn't anybody, of Asian persuasion or even remotely connected to Asian customs and lifestyle, know what this ball of wax is? It's killing me!
Surely one, ONE person can read the characters on the box, no?
Arrrgh...If I don't hear from anybody in, say, one week, I will brew the licorice-like ball and make my morning tea with it. That'll teach you!
UPDATE: Sunday, 5:20PM.
Steve in WI says:
"I've got the answer!
According to Jeff Pan at the English-language China Daily newspaper in Beijing:
[Quote:] "To my knowledge, this is probably a kind of traditional Chinese medicine, with the 'wax ball' being the wrap for the medicine in it."
The mystery is solved.
Now if we only knew what the medicine was for."
Thanks Steve! I sort of figured it was medicine-so now that's confirmed, but am still puzzled about what sort of medicine this is.