Tiger Balm is the brand name for a variety of topical painkillers made by Haw Par Healthcare Limited, Singapore. A Chinese herbalist named Aw Chu Kin was the person behind the development of Tiger Balm more than 100 years ago. Today it is sold in different forms and continues to be popular around the world for its pain-relieving properties. Tiger Balm mainly consists of menthol, camphor, clove oil, peppermint oil and water in a paraffin base.
Provides Pain Relief
Tiger Balm relieves the pain of a number of ailments including arthritis, joint pain, sprains, bruises, headaches and insect bites. It works by permeating the skin with a feeling of intense heat or coolness, depending on the product you are using.
Stimulates Blood Circulation
Tiger Balm stimulates blood circulation in the area where its applied. This reduces the discomfort and gives way to a warm or cold sensation.
Lowers Joint Discomfort
Tiger Balm is useful to older people who have problems with movement due to joint pain and aches. Application of the balm, lotion, oil or patch can bring relief and help people to resume normal activities.
Available in Many Forms
Tiger Balm is available in many different sizes, shapes and forms. You can purchase it as a rub, application tube, plaster, heat patch, spray, oil or lotion. Each product has its own attractions for different people, depending on whether they use the product at home, work or outdoors. For use in the workplace, Tiger Balm is available in non-greasy rubs and patches. Some versions also offer pleasant fragrances in addition to the pain relief.
Tiger Balm is also available in a spray that repels mosquitoes.
Reduces Need for Medication
Tiger Balm can help with minor soreness and aches, and may keep you from having to use a prescription painkiller. This make it attractive to many parents who prefer not to medicate their children if possible.