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A true wonder product
Member Name: jipp05
Advantages: Sooths pain, reasonable price, lasts for ages
Disadvantages: takes some getting used to and the smell is very potent
I really feel for those people who suffer from chronic back pain as I only suffer from it occasionally and that is bad enough. My back pain mainly comes on from sitting at my desk for too long and when it happens my back becomes sore and stiff and whilst it doesn't cause me enough pain to not be able to function it is bad enough to cause it to be uncomfortable and really does interfere with my ability to do my work properly as I am too busy thinking about the pain.
Heat pads are a fantastic product and I absolutely love them but I don't really find them practical to carry around with me on the off chance I get any sort of muscle ache at work or when out and about so for this reason I usually have some tiger balm on me.
I first came across tiger balm a couple of years ago when a friend gave me a tub when I was complaining of a sore neck and since that day it has been one of my all-time favourite products.
Tiger balm is a herbal salve that is used for the relief of aches and pains and has been used in Asia for the last 100 years and even though I had never heard of it until a couple of years ago it is also now incredibly popular in the west.
The ingredients may not mean a lot to most people but it is a combination of camphor, cajuput, clove and menthol that are blended into a solid petroleum and paraffin base to be rubbed externally on the affected areas to bring relief.
There are actually two different versions around which are white and red. The white contains more mint and is slightly more soothing and the red is a little more intense at least in my experience of using it.
Tiger balm comes in a little jar that contains 19g of balm and all you have to do is rub it into the affected areas 2 or 3 times a day. The jar may be small but don't let that put you off as this is a powerful product and a little really does go a long way.
It is a little greasy because of the petroleum and paraffin and if you use the red version then you need to be careful with light clothing as it will stain them.
When you first apply the balm to the skin it tingles and you will start to feel a sensation of the skin heating up which when you first use it can be a little disconcerting as it can actually feel like it is burning but you soon get used to this.
The ingredients are powerful analgesics so it really will help with the pain and not just sooth it like heat rubs and this pain relief actually comes on quite quickly.
I use tiger balm as a cure all product and really think it is fabulous. I keep a jar in my desk drawer and take it out when my back or neck is getting a little sore from being at the computer all day and have even converted my work mates to it who are always asking to borrow it.
Along with general aches and pains I also occasionally use it on my chest if I feel a bit blocked as it acts in a similar manner to vicks vabo rub and it can also help with headaches. I don't like putting it on my facial skin as it is a bit potent for that area in my opinion but a little on the back of the neck does help with tension headaches.
I imagine this would be a great product for people who suffer from arthritis and chronic muscle pain because it can be used in conjunction with traditional pain killers.
Because it contains such powerful active ingredients the smell is rather potent and there is no disguising the fact you are wearing it. The smell isn't so much bad as it is strong and after 20 minutes or so when the smell has faded a little the smell isn't actually all that bad and I find it quite pleasant.
People using tiger balm need to be really careful when using it that they wash their hands after use as getting any of it in your eyes or your private regions will be absolute agony and as it absorbs so quickly rushing to wash it off your privates won't save you from the pain.
Once you get used to the strong smell and strange sensation it has on the skin you will wonder why you had never used tiger balm before. Personally I think tiger balm is so good that doctors should consider prescribing it rather than handing out pills to people as I personally think it is more effective in relieving aches and pains than pain killers.
So how much is this wonder product? Well it depends where you buy it but you can expect to pay around £4.50 for a jar on the high street which for a product this effective and long lasting seems like a bit of a bargain.
Summary: An all round wonder product