OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Tiger Balm
Indication: Tiger Balm is a topical OTC pain reliever that contains ingredients such as camphor, menthol, cajuput oil, and clove oil. It comes as a cream, gel, or liquid that is applied superficially to the area of pain and absorbed through the skin.
- Tiger Balm is often used for the relief of a variety of types of pain, including back pain, joint pain, stiffness, sprains, and arthritis pain.
- History: Tiger Balm has a long history. It is manufactured and distributed by Haw Par Healthcare in Singapore, boasting a "secret" herbal formula that dates back as far as the Chinese emperors. Today, more than 20 million jars of Tiger Balm are sold each year in over 70 countries.
- The active ingredients include:
- Camphor, which comes from the Cinnamomum camphora plant, induces warm and cold sensations in the skin and increases blood flow.
- Menthol, which is made from mint oils, may induce constriction of the muscles inside the blood vessels, which has been shown to reduce pain.
- Cajuput oil comes from cajuput trees and is used for pain relief from toothaches and headaches in some cultures.
- Cassia oil, which comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum cassia plant, may have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Demetholized mint oil comes from a peppermint plant and has been used as a topical treatment for pain.
- Clove oil, which comes from a clove plant, is used for pain relief from toothaches.
Tiger Balm: Uses, Formulations, and Precautions (verywellhealth.com)
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