It’s that fierce yet soothing smell that can be smelled from just a few inches away that the Tiger Ointment has been known for. This traditional Chinese herbal ointment has been introduced way back in the 1870s and has since then gained global popularity among people who are suffering from joint pain.
Normally used by athletes during marathons, the ointment has also found massive success among individuals who want to relieve pain from their joints. The ointment has been marketed to “work where it hurts”, and it’s something that even sports professionals find true.
By simply rubbing the ointment on an affected area, it can ease any aches and pains as quickly as possible.
However, what sets Tiger Ointment apart from other painkilling medications is that it doesn’t actually target the source of pain. Instead, it contains substances known as counterirritants to produce a hot and cold sensation on your skin. This reaction will distract your brain, causing it to think that the pain has gone away by pampering the nerve endings with the following ingredients:
An active ingredient that’s extracted from the Cinnamomum camphora plant, camphor introduces the cold sensations we mentioned before to distract your brain from the pain. This helps you tolerate the pain and experience almost instantaneous relief.
Since the nervous system can only handle limited input in a single area, it will be this ingredient’s responsibility to force the body to experience only the chills in an effort to mask the pain.
2. Cajuput, Cassia, and Clove Oils
Similar to camphor, these oils also have the effect of tricking your brain into thinking that the pain has disappeared. The only difference is that they can introduce both hot and cold sensations.
Cajuput oil is extracted from cajuput trees and has long been used for dealing with headaches and toothaches in some cultures. Then there’s cassia oil which is extracted from Cinnamomum cassia and is known for its anti-inflammatory effect.
Lastly, clove oil is derived from a clove plant and has been used by lots of individuals as a natural analgesic. While the FDA isn’t fully convinced of their pain-relieving properties, the fact that they have been used in various cultures for relieving pain speaks volumes of their effectiveness.
Another active ingredient, menthol is derived from mint oil and is known to reduce pain by constricting the muscles inside your blood vessels. It also has the ability to trigger your cold receptors to reduce inflammation in a way that an ice pack would.
Aside from that, menthol has been shown to have some painkilling effects due to its interaction with opioid receptors.
4. Dementholized Mint Oil
Basically a byproduct of the menthol extraction process, dementholized mint oil has been used as a topical pain treatment. Despite being just a byproduct, it still contains enough menthol alongside 26% menthone which helps the other ingredients permeate through the skin, allowing for quick-acting pain relief.
5. Paraffin Petrolatum
The last of the ingredients, paraffin petrolatum serves as the carrier of all the other ingredients. It’s a mixture of vaseline and hard wax which is a perfect combination for delivering those burning and tingling sensations on the skin.
Pain in the joints can be very annoying, especially if this pain hinders you from doing your normal, daily activities. If you’ve been experiencing pain, you can consider applying Tiger Ointment to the affected area. Just take note that it’s a topical treatment and should never come into contact with your eyes and other sensitive areas of the body.