Tiger Balm

It is an ointment based on herbal ingredients. Although sold as a product for massage , Tiger Balm can also be applied in cases of pain and muscle head , migraines , coughs and bites mosquitoes .
There are different varieties of the ointment, however, the two best known are its red and white version.
While Red Tiger Balm produces a warming effect, White is cooling.


Tiger Balm was developed in the 1870s in Rangoon, Burma , by herbalist Aw Chu Kin . After the inventor’s death, his sons Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par perfected the ointment and began to manufacture it industrially.
Today, Tiger Balm is manufactured and distributed by the pharmaceutical company Haw Par Healthcare Singapore , which was founded by the Aw brothers.


It has a rubefacient effect, that is, it dilates blood vessels and produces a calorific effect that causes muscles and tendons to relax, thereby relieving pain .
The camphor is a potent anti – inflammatory while menthol and clove act as painkillers. This coupled with antirheumatic action of cajeput, makes Tiger Balm very good results in cases of skeletal-muscle any ailments such as sprains , strains mild arthritis or osteoarthritis .

It is also a good remedy for sore head or sore neck tension.
We can find two types of Tiger Balm: red and white . The only difference between them is that the red balm contains the essential oil of Chinese cinnamon while the white one does not contain that essential oil.


Peppermint essential oil6%16%
Cajeput essential oil7%13%
Clove essential oil5%1.5%
Essential oil of cinnamon from China5%

Although the name might imply it, the ointment does not contain any ingredients that come from tigers . Tiger Balm is named after Aw Boon Haw, whose name “Haw” means “tiger”.


Massage gently for complete penetration into the skin to soothe pain in the best possible way. Do not apply to open wounds or sores.
Tiger Balm should not be used internally or in children under 6 years of age.


  • External use.
  • Keep out of the reach of children .
  • Keep dry at room temperature.

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