Tiger Balm is a trade name - topical analgesics ( applied directly to the skin/joint) and is not to be taken orally.
This product has been around longer than I have… that’s a long time, and it’s use is wide spread for a lot of things but mainly for muscular discomfort. It contains camphor, menthol which can give it a distinctive smell, and some guys in the locker room that have just made a trip from the trainer’s table smell like a cross between a tossed salad and mint flavored popcorn. Well, I might be stretching things a bit there.. but that’s my take on it.
This product is in a family of products. Some of its sister products are topical pain killers that can cool or heat the skin after application. Hence, these products contain things like menthol (like Tiger Balm) and other ingredients like eucalyptus oil – which makes the skin feel cool and/or hot. Other products like aspirin pain applications – Bengay comes to mind, contain a salicylates .
A standard for years, as a topical muscular rub and antifungal treatment for athlete’s foot has been Absorbine Jr. This product is readily available just about everywhere and is relatively inexpensive, as topical rubs go. Very few players that I’ve known have been without their small bottle of this stuff.
A word of caution though, using any of this stuff. If you have discomfort, NOT PAIN, topical applications like the ones I mentioned above can offer some relief. HOWEVER ..be very aware of the potential skin irritation that may follow and even more important .. your allergic reaction to some of this stuff. And even more important is using these products while taking medication for something else.
For example, if you have any history of asthma, use of an inhaler, allergy medication, blood pressure medication, cold medication, and even temporary medication after visiting the dentist … be very cautious here. And even though this stuff is over-the-counter, it’s not to be experimented with.
Youngsters especially have to be careful of applying things to their skin (body) due to the fact that their perspiration’s content of not only sweat, but also body oil. Also, hormone adjustments during the early years can be a wild card that shouldn’t be overlooked when applying any chemical or combination of chemicals to the body.