Tiger Balm is a topical analgesic balm available in several strengths. It was originally developed as a medicinal ointment in the late 1800s and is now widely available in convenient, resealable wound relief packets. This popular Chinese remedee provides effective temporary relief from minor aches, pains, and stiffness due to the common cold, flu, sore muscles, backache, or headache. It is simply applied directly to the skin to warm the body and soothe sore muscles.
Tiger Balm is a topical analgesic balm available in several strengths. Originally developed as a medicinal ointment in the late 1800s, the product was developed specifically to care for aches and pains. It's applied directly to the skin to warm the body and soothe sore muscles. It provides effective temporary relief from minor aches, pains, and stiffness due to the common cold, flu, sore muscles, backache, or headache.
The balm is based on an old family recipe using only natural ingredients to help with everyday aches and pains. For centuries Tiger Balm has been used as an herbal remedy to relieve. It was introduced to the Chinese by a sea captain returning from abroad and is now made in Singapore, the home of the famous ointment.
Now the famous ointment is widely available and comes in convenient hexagon shaped glass jars and even patches.
Have you ever wondered, "What is the story behind the brand name Tiger Balm?". Like many other we were curious about how such a strange name came to be. Imagine the excitement when we started researching it and found out that it has a long history.
It originates from the 18th century when a Chinese pharmacist had an idea to manufacture a product to treat the aches and pains of soldiers suffering from malaria near Myanmar. It was later known widely to be a product that was traditionally made using a complex combination of herbs and spices, including camphor, cinnamon, clove, menthol, mint oil and eugenol (a type of organic compound that is found in cloves).
The brands name was created by a Chinese pharmacist in 1844 named Aw Chu Kin. He was working in his pharmacy when he was inspired to invent the balm. Mr. Aw came to Singapore from China to seek opportunities. It was hard work but he finally managed to save enough for a small grocery store near Telok Ayer Street. Here he mixed and prepared all sorts of medicines until one day when mixing tiger s gall bladder with tropical pepper oil, red wax and camphor, he suddenly had an unusual idea.
His idea was that this new formula could be used to soothe a sore back, so with a small hand cart he traveled the streets of Singapore. At first it did not attract much attention. But Mr. Aw was persistent and began to advertise it as an Ointment for aches and pains due to arthritis, muscular rheumatism, bursitis, sprains or strains.
He created a unique balm named after a great healer in Chinese mythology, The Giant White Tiger. This was in reference to the belief that only the bite of a white tiger could revive the dying. Hence the name Tiger Balm.
To market his new concoction, he enlisted the help of a rich businessman, Aw Boon Haw, to expand the brand name. He started off with a small shop in China and gradually expanded it until it reached Malaysia. Over the years, traditional Chinese medicine became more familiar than Western medicine which encouraged more people to purchase Chinese herbal products. With the sudden boom of this industry in Asia and beyond, even professional athletes and Hollywood stars claimed that Tiger Balm was able to cure them.