Tiger Balm™: One of the First Natural Pain Treatments Adopted by the West


When most of the U.S. was still focused on mainstream medicine, the Tiger Balm™ product began showing up in natural health retail stores. It is an herbal formulation designed as a topical treatment for pain relief, and soon became a hit for those that followed complementary and alternative medicine.

Developed in the 1870’s by the son of a legendary herbalist, already renowned as an herbalist himself, the formulation was perfected in the 1920’s and the ‘Gentle Tiger’ product was launched as a medicinal ointment. There are a three original main products, each with its own formulation of ingredients: red, white and the strongest, ultra. A fourth product has been released called ‘White HR’ which uses eucalyptus oil in place of cajuput oil. There are now products that are focused for specific body pain areas including a liniment and a ‘patch’ that can be applied.

Tiger Balm offers effective and safe ingredients in a time-proven blend of herbs for topical pain relief of sore muscles, neck and shoulder stiffness, arthritis and almost all other minor muscle or joint aches and pains.

As the popularity of alternative therapies began to increase in the U.S., Tiger Balm™ was already set in place as one of the most used topical pain relief treatments. The various products can now be found in almost every pharmacy and retail environment that carries products that address pain relief.

Ingredients of the three main products: Red: 10% menthol, 25% camphor, 6% dementholised mint oil, 7% cajuput oil, 5% clove bud oil, 5% cassia oil, and petroleum jelly and paraffin base for the remainder. White: 8% menthol, 25% camphor, 16% dementholised mint oil, 13% cajuput oil, 1.5% clove bud oil and petroleum jelly and paraffin base for the remainder. Ultra: 11% menthol, 11% camphor, 6% dementholised mint oil, 13% cajuput oil, 2% clove bud oil, 3% cassia oil and petroleum jelly and paraffin base for the remainder.

We recommend: Elmore Oil Topical Pain Reliever: Naturally sourced ingredients of tea tree oil, olive oil, eucalyptus oil and vanilla that are combined in a process to enhance the pain relieving properties of each element. Used for centuries by the Aborigines culture of Australia, the oil is safe for skin and brings temporary relief of pain for muscles, joins and even backaches. For additional information, click here.

Whichever method you choose for your natural joint pain relief, always confer with a primary health care provider before making any changes to your daily regiment, including the addition of any supplements and herbs.