If you’ve ever found yourself hobbling around after a particularly grueling workout, you may already be familiar with this beloved pain-relieving balm. What you might not know is that the formula behind it has actually be around for decades. Tiger Balm got its start nearly 100 years ago in China and, over the years, has amassed quite a dedicated following thanks to its chemical-free approach to pain relief. The herbal-based ointment which provides warm, penetrating relief for sore muscles is a go-to for everyone from athletes to neck pain sufferers to pregnant women dealing with back pain. Here’s more on why this ancient remedy is a modern-day favorite.
The History of Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm’s beginning goes all the way back to the 1870s, when Chinese herbalist Aw Chu Kin left his post in the Emperor’s court to set up a small medicine shop called Eng Aun Tong in Rangoon, Burma (now known as Yangon, Myanmar). There he created a special ointment that was effective in relieving all kinds of aches and pains.
Aw Chu Kin died in 1909 and passed his business on to his sons Aw Boon Haw (which translates to “gentle tiger”) and Aw Boon Par (“gentle leopard”). The boys sold the ointment in Singapore and the surrounding areas under the name “Tiger Balm,” and the renowned pain-relieving go-to was born.
Tiger Balm Company Mission
Embracing a holistic approach to relieving pain, Tiger Balm draws on both proven ancient wisdom and modern innovations. The brand’s versatile products support a variety of lifestyles, stemming from the belief that no one should be held back from leading a full, active life because of everyday aches and pains.
Benefits of Tiger Balm
Trusted by generations for almost 100 years, Tiger Balm's world renowned ointment has proven that “it works where it hurts.” The brand offers a range of variations on the formula to cater to one’s specific needs and lifestyle and is available in over 100 countries. Here are more benefits you can expect with every Tiger Balm product:
- Made with essential oils
- Relieves muscle aches, joint pain, back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and arthritis pain
- Includes cooling camphor and menthol
- Won’t stain clothing
- Provides comforting relief in just one application
- Safe to use during pregnancy
- Based on a trusted ancient formula
Top Tiger Balm Products
Feel aches and pains melt away with these Tiger Balm favorites.
Pain Relief Ointment
Formulated with cassia (cinnamon) oil, this herbal ointment has a pleasant aroma and helps to soothe sore muscles after intense workouts, relieve everyday aches and pains, and ease discomfort caused by arthritis.
With the strongest concentrations of Tiger Balm’s healing herbal ingredients, this pain-relieving salve penetrates deep into muscles with warming heat to relieve pain caused by muscle overexertion. Just one application does the trick.
Stiff neck? Aching lower back? Target directly where it hurts with these convenient, long-lasting pain-relieving patches made with hydrogel technology. They’re also made from a ventilated, non-woven material, so they’re easy to apply and comfortable to wear.
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