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    #1

    "Phaki" is an Urdu word, I am looking for it's equivalent in English.

    "Phaki" پھکی is a powdery substance made of dried herbs that helps digest food. If somebody has overeaten something and he is having trouble digesting it; he can eat a spoon full of "Phaki" and it will relieve his stomach pain or gastric problem.

    It is prescribed by "Hakeems" (traditional doctors who treat patients with herbs).

    Anyone who has either lived in India and Pakistan can tell me its equivalent word in English.

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    #2

    Re: "Phaki" is an Urdu word, I am looking for it's equivalent in English.

    As with cooking implements and prepared dishes (and musical instruments, sports equipment, and any other specialized vocabulary), ingredients specific to a national or ethnic cuisine retain the name they're known by in their country of origin.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: "Phaki" is an Urdu word, I am looking for it's equivalent in English.

    You generally can't translate the names of things unique to one culture to another language.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: "Phaki" is an Urdu word, I am looking for it's equivalent in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    Anyone who has either lived in India and Pakistan can tell me its equivalent word in English.
    Can anyone who has either lived in either India and ​or Pakistan can tell me its equivalent in English?

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    #5

    Re: "Phaki" is an Urdu word, I am looking for it's equivalent in English.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    You generally can't translate the names of things unique to one culture to another language.

    In the UK, many people will use something like Alka-Seltzer for that, rather than a herbal remedy, so there are two cultural layers involved.

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