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Alan Armstrong
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Tiger Balm Reply with quote

Do you use or recommend tiger balm or an equivalent product?
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DWx
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use it for stiff joints and muscle injuries. Good stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the "red" tiger balm over the white one.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiger Balm is really nice if you got some sore muscles after a hard workout.
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JR 137
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do I go there or donít I? Oh well...

Tiger Balm and the like (Ben Gay, Flex-All 454, et al) are classified as counter-irritants. How does a counter-irritant work? It irritates the nerve endings in your skin and tricks your brain into thinking thereís a deep heating effect going on. Basically itís like if you hurt your hand. I stomp pretty hard on your toe, then ask you if your hand hurts anymore.

Donít get me wrong, I like counter-irritants too. But theyíre not heating, loosening, etc. anything.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DWx wrote:
I use it for stiff joints and muscle injuries. Good stuff.

I wholeheartedly concur!!



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiger balm is ace. One of its key ingredients is wintergreen oil, which by weight, is about 1000 times as potent as an anti inflammatory as aspirin. Sounds great but not that much of it penetrates the skin.

I think there are far better products than tiger balm though. But tiger balm is 'traditional', and it's distinctive smell is like the cologne or musk of the martial artist.
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strangepair03
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was a long time used of tiger balm, now I use battle balm. Little more expensive but I like it better. I use the demon strength one. Green tin.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JR 137 wrote:
Do I go there or donít I? Oh well...

Tiger Balm and the like (Ben Gay, Flex-All 454, et al) are classified as counter-irritants. How does a counter-irritant work? It irritates the nerve endings in your skin and tricks your brain into thinking thereís a deep heating effect going on. Basically itís like if you hurt your hand. I stomp pretty hard on your toe, then ask you if your hand hurts anymore.

Donít get me wrong, I like counter-irritants too. But theyíre not heating, loosening, etc. anything.


If it helps, it helps, so I don't really knock it for people who like it, but it doesn't help me at all. It irritates my skin too much, and I essentially get a chemical burn from it.
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MatsuShinshii
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used it but it doesn't seem to work for me. If I have inflammation I use white willow bark or thunder god vine. For me it works 100% better than tiger balm.
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