Tiger Talk (5) – Tiger Balm
July 29 is International Tiger Day. This week is a great opportunity to talk about tigers. Today I bring you Tiger Balm, a household name for most aches and pains.
History of TIGER BALM
Tiger Balm (Chinese: 虎標萬金油; pinyin: Hǔbiao Wànjīnyóu; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Hó͘-phiau Bān-kim-iû) is the trademark for a heat rub manufactured and distributed by Haw Par Healthcare in Singapore.
It was originally developed in the 1870s by an herbalist, Aw Chu Kin, in Rangoon, Burma, who on his deathbed asked his sons Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par to perfect the product.
Originally named for containing tiger bone, an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine dating back 1,500 years to treat pain, inflammation and to strengthen muscle, Tiger Balm now consists purely of herbal ingredients. Tiger Balm is available in several varieties, the “cold” Tiger Balm White (recommended for use with headaches) and the “hot” Tiger Balm Red. Another version is called Tiger Balm Ultra.
From the notes that accompany Tiger Balm
Tiger Balm is made from a secret herbal formulation that dates back to the times of the Chinese emperors. The Aw brothers, Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, inherited the formulation from their herbalist father who left China. They call it Tiger Balm, after Boon Haw, (whose name in Chinese meant “Tiger”) who was instrumental in devising the remarkable selling strategies that made Tiger Balm a household name in many East and South Eastern Asian countries today.
During the 1930s the Aw family founded the Haw Par Villa or Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore and Hong Kong to promote the product.
Check out some photos of Haw Par Villa/Tiger Balm Gardens
Tiger Balm is claimed to relieve the following ailments:
Headache – rub on temples to relieve pain
Myalgia – muscular pains
Migraines and headaches of light intensity to moderate
Mosquito bites – to relieve the itch
Cough – to release the respiratory voices, in application on the chest and the back
Stomach ache – rub on abdomen to relieve upset stomach
Nasal congestion – place a small amount under the nostrils
Interstitial cystitis – cut to size, placed just above the pubic bone, can moderate pain enough to allow patients to sleep better.
WORKS WHERE IT HURTS.
WORKS FOR MILLIONS WORLDWIDE.
Tiger Balm, the world’s leading analgesic remedy that works where it hurts. A name that has been trusted by generations to provide care, healing and comfort for over 100 years.
Here are a few of the wide variety of TIGER BALM Products
With its unique formulation specially made with herbal ingredients which are proven safe and effective, Tiger Balm’s healing properties and soothing relief for aches and pains restore balance to modern hectic lifestyles, and give a sense of wellness to body and mind.
Suitable for young and old, the ointment we’re all familiar with has also evolved into a range of symptom-specific solutions like medicated plasters, medicated oils, creams, sprays and gels that address varying needs for different ways of life.
Among the variety of Tiger Balm products,
this is my favourite: Neck & Shoulder Rub
It works great for headaches too, just rub it on your temples.This is a milder and more pleasant smelling rub compared to the original red Tiger Balm.
Apparently, it doesn’t matter what language you speak, Tiger Balm understands and relieves your pain.