Tiger Balm: Is it illegal? Uses & Prohibition


London (Parliament Politics Magazine) – Tiger Balm is a product sold in France. In other countries, the product has been banned from sale. However, athletes all over the world praise the miracles of these products. Tiger Balm relieves muscle aches and other minor aches. It numbs the skin, like a painkiller, and treats the pain in the body. Tiger Balm is a controversial product and some countries have banned its use and sale as well. Let’s find out more about this product in this post.

Is Tiger Balm Illegal?

The use and sale of Tiger balm are illegal in some countries. The camphor in the balm can be dangerous for the central nervous system and this is the major reason behind the ban on this product. You can use it in France without any worries because the product sold in France contains a reduced dose of camphor, with only 10%. The tiger balm contains Methyl salicylate that acts as an analgesic and numbs the skin. Numbing the skin can pose a threat to the well-being of the user. Du menthol induces a cooling sensation in the body. Some essential oils in this product might not be suitable for everyone.

Uses Of Tiger Balm 

The users of Tiger balm have praised the product for its endless benefits. Here are some of the uses of the Tiger Balm.

1.Reduces pain

The ingredients in Tiger Balm, increase the blood flow on the surface of the skin. This creates a warm sensation and distracts the pain. Methyl salicylate numbs the skin, and this can reduce tension. Tiger Balm adhesive patches target muscle pain and tension and can also work for an extended period.

2. Decongestion

Tiger Balm contains relieves sinus and chest congestion. It contains oils and ointments that can relieve naval congestion occurring due to colds and allergies. You can use it along with cough inducers to get the best results.

3. Back Pain Relief

People frequently use Tiger Balm because this eases lower back pain. Athletes use this treatment to get rid of the severe back pains that experience during their peak careers. The use of Tiger balm continuously has helped people to get rid of back pain forever. It is also a great cure for deep wounds.

4. Reduces stiffness in the neck and shoulders

Tiger Balm reduces stiffness in the neck and shoulders. It contains a formulation of 10% methyl salicylate and 3% menthol that is considered to be great to ease the stiff neck and shoulder.

5. Soften the joints

Using Tiger Balm helps to relieve joint pain. Many people use it for an also relieve joint pain and treat ailments linked to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes low density in the bones and weakens them over time. Regularly rubbing Tiger Balm on the joint helps to recover the damaged tissue.

Prohibitions Related To Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm acts deeply on the tissues of the body which can impact the nervous system. There are some cases when Tiger Balm is subject to prohibition:

  • You should not apply Tiger balm if the skin has been exposed to the sun or humid conditions. Wait for an hour or more to apply it
  • Tiger balm must not be applied on wounded skin. Don’t apply on injured or wounded skin as this could pose a danger to your skin
  • People with dry skin should not use Tiger balm as it will make your skin more sensitive
  • Not suitable to apply on inner ears or burnt skin
  • Not suitable for children under 12 years. It is also best to keep it away from children

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Final Thoughts 

Tiger Balm is subject to a ban only if the product is being used improperly. Otherwise, the product has been acclaimed as one of the most beneficial products for athletes. The quantity of camphor contained is not too high, and the application must be carried out according to the safety rules. This product doesn’t pose any danger to humans if used carefully.

Tiger Balm offers multiple benefits. It can reduce pain and tension and also promote nasal decongestion. The product can relieve back pain and can also relax neck and shoulder muscles. It is also great to soften joints.

If you are worried about using Tiger Balm due to its prohibitions, then you should consult a doctor before using it. A healthcare professional will be able to give you the best suggestion. The Tiger ban is illegal in some countries but it is still considered to be one of the most beneficial products by athletes.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.