The Origins Of Tiger Balm
The Chinese Emperors' physicians may have discovered the Tiger Balm formulation in China a long time ago. However, the formulation that is known in the world today as Tiger Balm is due to the work of one man, a Chinese herbalist named Aw Chu Kin who lived in Rangoon. Aw studied the different types of effective remedy to best treat his patients. In the process, he discovered that the blending of various active ingredients, such as camphor, clove and menthol, was effective in relieving pain.
It was his two sons, Aw Boon Par and Aw Boon Haw, who saw the potential of the remedy. Aw Boon Haw used his name Haw, whose anglicised version meant Tiger, to name the remedy. The symbol of the tiger was synonymous with strength and vitality in the East, and so was an appropriate symbol for such a pain reliever. Together, the two brothers introduced Tiger Balm to the world. After creating the brand name Tiger Balm, they moved from Rangoon to Singapore in 1926.
Today, Tiger Balm is one of the world's leading topical analgesics, with the majority of the Tiger Balm products originating from Singapore. The balm, with its unique formulation of camphor, menthol, cajuput oil and clove oil, provides a soothing action that relieves muscular aches and pains. The Tiger Balm formulation comes not only in the form of ointments, but also in the forms of plasters / patches and liniments. It also comes in different strength formulations to suit different needs.