Tiger Balm, one of the world´s leading topical analgesics which relieves aches and pains, contains essential oils such clove, cinnamon and cajuput sourced from plants. It contains no animal products and is not tested on animals in any way.
Its strength comes from a subtle mixture of camphor, mint, cinnamon, cajuput, clove and menthol, which are found to be effective for countering irritation, promoting blood flow and as a mild analgesic.
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.
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.
Applied only to intact skin. Do not apply Tiger Balm to open sores or draining sores. Do not swallow.
When it starts to work:
Almost right away there is a feeling of coolness, followed by a warm feeling on the skin.. An added benefit to Tiger Balm is the mint-like or cinnamon smell.
How long will it work -
Tiger Balm should not be used more than 3 to 4 times per day. Do Not put Tiger Balm on an area bigger than 8 inches by 8 inches. The longer the ointment stays on the skin, the longer it will work.
Why can´t I use the ointment often?
Your skin may absorb the medicine into your blood stream. Using Tiger Balm more than 4 times each day for more than 2 or 3 weeks will increase the chance of skin irritation and not help the pain as much.
When I´ll know for sure if it is going to work for me
Feelings of pain are different between people. The massage, warmth or redness from Tiger Balm causes the pain sufferer to stop thinking about the deeper pain. If you are no longer feeling the pain, Tiger Balm is working for you.
Ingredients in Tiger Balm Tiger Balm Red:
- Menthol BP 10.0%
- Clove Oil BP 5.0%
- Cajuput Oil BPC 7.0%
- Camphor BP 11.0%
- Cinnamon Oil USNF 5.0%
- Mint Oil BP 6.0%
- Paraffin Base (yellow soft paraffin BP on hard parafin) 56.0%
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes. Do not apply to broken or irritated skin. If irritation occurs discontinue use and seek medical advice. Do not use on children under two years of age. For external use only.
Do Not Use if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Tiger Balm in your mouth will cause burning of the mouth, throat and may cause seizures. Putting Tiger Balm on an open sore will cause pain. DO NOT apply heat to any skin treated with Tiger Balm. It may cause serious injury to the skin, underlying muscles or kidneys. Do not apply along with other topical agents. DO NOT apply Tiger balm to the skin of children under 2 years of age, unless told to do so by a physician.
Most common side effects
Menthol may cause itching, redness, or other skin changes like a rash. To protect clothing from stains, a light loose covering can be put over the area Tiger Balm is applied. A tight bandage or clothing will increase skin irritation like redness or blisters.
Using Tiger Balm for too long will lead to it not working as well.
Pregnancy: Camphor (an ingredient in Tiger Balm) can cross the placenta if swallowed or if too much is used. The placenta feeds food and nutrients to your unborn.