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TIGER BALM  

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How Tiger Balm Began 

Tiger Balm, “the legend in a bottle”, is a topical rubefacient with a fascinating history. A Chinese herbalist living in Rangoon developed a balm made from essential oils using an ancient formulation originally developed for Chinese emperors. He sold it from his Rangoon medicine shop and after his death one of his two sons began selling the product in Malaysia and Singapore. As a symbol of the potency of the balm, he would travel with a tiger – the symbol of strength and vitality in the East. During the 1920’s, his sons established a manufacturing base in Singapore and named the product Tiger Balm. Today, Tiger Balm is sold in more than 100 countries and used by millions. 

What is Tiger Balm?

Tiger Balm is a unique blend of the finest quality essential oils. The active ingredients are camphor, menthol, cajuput oil, mint oil and clove oil.  The actions and traditional use is shown in the table below.  See packs for full ingredients.

When Tiger Balm is applied to the skin, the rubefacient and analgesic properties provide symptomatic relief from the pain and discomfort associated with the muscular aches and pains of muscle and joints, arthritis, rheumatism and backaches. The active ingredients in camphor and the essential oils in Tiger Balm dilate the peripheral blood vessels and bring blood closer to the skin’s surface.  This produces increased circulation and warmth. The increase in blood flow speeds up the healing process.  This also increases the temperature of the skin and the sensation of warmth serves as a distraction from the pain. The local analgesic effect reduces the sensation of pain.  

What is Tiger Balm Used For?

Active Ingredient

Actions and Traditional use

Camphor

Has a strong penetrating, fragrant odour.

Acts as a rubefacient and numbs the peripheral nerves.

Traditional use in rheumatism and sprains.

Cajuput Oil

Has an aroma similar to camphor, rosemary and cardamon.

Acts as a stimulant to produce a sensation of warmth.

Traditional use in rheumatism.

Clove Bud Oil

Highly aromatic.

Acts as an irritant and a local anaesthetic.

Used to assist the action of other ingredients.

Mint Oil  and Menthol

Menthol is the active ingredient of mint oil.

Has a local anaesthetic action.

Traditional use in rheumatism.

Tiger Balm is a versatile topical herbal medication that can be used for:

  • Arthritis and rheumatism

  • Muscular and joint pains

  • Neck and back pain

  • Tired feet

  • Muscular aches caused by stress

  • Sprains

  • Warm up rub prior to exercising

  • Massage

What Makes Tiger Balm a Better Choice?

Therapeutic – the ingredients when blended have effective analgesic and counterirritant properties that relieve and soothe muscular aches and pains.

Natural – a unique blend of essential oils. No animal ingredients are used.

Soothing – provides a distinctive characteristic sensation of warmth followed by refreshing coolness.

Proven – formulated nearly 100 years ago and is still used extensively by millions of people around the world. 

 

Red – Extra Strength

White – Regular Strength

Liniment

Presentation

Balm

18 gram glass jar
 (in carton)

Balm

18 gram glass jar
(in carton)

Oil

28 mL glass bottle
(in carton)

Composition

 

 

 

Camphor

11%

11%

9%

Cajuput Oil

7%

13%

7%

Menthol

10%

8%

10%

Clove Bud Oil

5%

1.5%

5%

Mint Oil

6%

16%

6%

Cassia Oil

5%

   

Positioning

Red is the original product and is positioned for stronger pain as it has a higher % of some of the oils and produces a greater sensation of warmth.

White is a gentler, colourless ointment and is popular with the female consumer. 

Liniment is ideal where there is a need to cover a large surface area, such as a warm up rub or massage.

Indications

For the temporary relief of muscular aches and pains of muscle and joints, arthritis, rheumatism and backaches.

Precautions

For external use only.  Not to be taken orally.  Not to be used on infants under 2 years of age, unless on the advice of a physician.  Avoid contact with eyes.  Read package insert before use

Directions

Apply to affected areas 3 to 4 times daily. 

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