Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm

Tiger Balm is the trade name 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 asked his sons Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par on his deathbed to perfect the product.

Tiger Balm is available in several varieties, the two best known:

  • Tiger Balm Red - contains cassia oil, for muscular aches and pains.
  • Tiger Balm White - for same functions stated above, at a weaker dose for a less" warming feeling."


Ingredient Red White
Menthol 10% 8%
Camphor 11% 11%
Dementholised mint oil 6% 16%
Cajuput oil 7% 13%
Clove bud oil 5% 1.5%
Cassia oil 5%  
The remainder is a petroleum jelly and paraffin base. The red variety also contains ammonium hydroxide, which acts as the colouring agent. The rub does not contain tiger parts.

See also


The Tiger balm can be used in the following cases: :

  • Myalgia muscular pains.
  • Migraines and headaches of light intensity to moderate.
  • Punctures of mosquito: to relieve the prurit.
  • Cough : to release the respiratory voices, in application on the chest and the back.


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