Cons: Could be messy
Never having suffered from a bad back before, I was surprised to find that after all the excesses of the festive season, everything "locked"! Not a good feeling, and made worse by the fact that all I could do was stand; this meant that all the ironing got done but not much else!
Given that pain killers had absolutely no effect, I decided to try this out, and hoped that this analgesic rub would do the trick.
~~What is it?~~
Tiger balm is an analgesic rub blended from natural ingredients which was used by Chinese herbalists and healers.
Tiger balm is apparently one of the worlds leading ointment for relief from muscular pain. It is an alalgesic rub which brings relief from overexertion joint pains, back ache, arthritis stiffness strains and sprains. For my back, this seemed exactly what was needed.
~~Product and Packaging~~
I bought mine in a pack of two small 19g jars. They did look very oriental wrapped as they were in yellow paper. Once the paper is unwrapped, the jar is decorated glass with a decorated screw off top. Open the top and the first thing you notice is the smell. It is quite a strong smell and I think it smells like Vicks remedy, so I don't think it's unpleasant, it just smells medicinal.
The ointment itself is a sort of red colour and quite thick, so at least you can apply effectively to the affected area, and it won't run anywhere.
~~How to use it~~
The ointment should be rubbed liberally into the affected area two or three times a day. The only warning it gives is that it should not be used on children under 36 months.
If an allergic reaction occurs, medical advise should be sought. Pregnant and breast feeding ladies should consult the doctor before using the ointment.
~~Price and Availability~~
This is widely available in chemists, and costs #1.99 a small 19g jar. I actually bought my double pack from the bargain store and it cost only #1 for two jars so I do believe I got a real bargain there.
As well as this wild Tiger Balm, the ointment is also available in Tiger Balm form. I haven't worked out the difference because they both seem to promise to do the same thing.
Tiger Balm comes in two versions, the mint oil-scented Tiger Balm which is white, and Tiger Balm red. I obviously have the latter because it's the one with the cinnamon smell.
Whilst this hasn't completely eradicated the pain, it has had some effect.
The ointment is easy to apply, and thankfully isn't like some lotions and potions- freezing cold. I rub it onto the affected area and there is a very slight warming feeling, but nothing unpleasant. After this, my back did almost immediately feel slightly soothed- at least I could sit down with only a small wince on my part, which was a great improvement.
The smell is strong but not unpleasant, and when it's on your hands, I would imagine it's good for anyone with a cold this has got to clear the airways. The ointment does wash out of the skin quite easily so there is no need to smell of Tiger Balm for the duration.
The one problem I would see with it is that it could stain some clothes, - just be careful on white materials.
For anyone suffering from muscular pain, I would recommend this- effective, easy to use, and reasonably priced, even at full price.
Thanks for reading.