Tiger Balm is available in two versions – Tiger Balm white with a higher concentration of mint oil, and Tiger Balm red with its comforting aroma of cinnamon. As with all medicines, always read the label before applying.
Tiger Balm is a nonprescription ointment applied to the skin. Tiger Balm is a mixture of Menthol, Camphor, Cajeput oil, Peppermint oil, Clove oil, Petrolatum, and Paraffin.
Use: Painful injury due to active lifestyles and people with arthritis have lead to an increase use of pain relieving remedies applied to the skin. This group of nonprescription drugs rubbed on the skin are called topical analgesics. Tiger Balm may be used for muscle aches caused by exercise or overuse; hurting from a bruise, sprain or strain; or arthritic pain. It also might be used in massage therapy to treat pain.
How does it work? – Tiger Balm is a thick, paste like ointment rubbed into the skin to decrease the feeling of pain usually caused by muscle stress, strain or arthritis. Tiger Balm ointment works by causing a feeling of warmth, cold, or sometimes itch on the skin over the area of deeper pain. These new feelings distract from the feeling of deeper pain felt in muscles, joints, or tendons. This is like biting your lip, clenching fists or digging your nails into palms to distract from pain. This way you are think about the warmth, coolness or itching from the Tiger Balm, not the deeper pain.