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02-19-2001, 09:01 PM

I was in the local health food store today and spotted a small bottle of Tiger Balm.

The key ingredients are listed as Menthol and Camphor. There was a list of other ingredients (I think some of them were) Methyl Salicylate, eucalytus oil, lavendar oil and other herbs.

Is this a cheap Dit Da Jow or something else altogether? They seem to serve a similar purpose.

Does anyone have experience with this product?


Kung Lek
02-19-2001, 09:41 PM
it's the "Ben Gay" of the asian world! hahaha.

It is an analgesic balm for remedy of aching muscles. Not really a penetrating Dit Da Jow liniment.

it's good for headache relief too when applied a little to the temples and forhead.

red tiger balm is very hot and some peoples skin reacts to it.

white tiger balm is milder and can be used like vicks vapour rub.

good for breaking loose phlegm in the chest, loosening packed sinuses and so on.

It's not for healing bruises either muscular or bone.


Kung Lek

02-19-2001, 10:25 PM
Don't forget to wash your hands after putting some
on your muscles :cool: Otherwise when you go to
the bathroom you'll heat up another muscle. :)

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

02-19-2001, 11:42 PM
Er.. yeah. I had that happen to me last week.. well almost.

You see, the particular muscle that needed attention happened to be my inner thigh. The instructions said apply liberally for warming relief, but I think I applied it a bit too liberally. Some of it somehow ended up spreading upwards to.. well, you know where. It was at that point that I found out that where it said warming relief it actually meant searing death pain.

I won't be repeating that experience in a hurry.

02-20-2001, 04:15 AM
Hey Godzilla,

Tiger balm's not Dit Da Jow unfortunately. Dit Da contains various anti-inlammatory herbs in an alcoholic base. The alcohol offers good penetration into the skin. Tiger balm uses methyl salicylate for the heat sensation and pain relief. It also contains clove oil which is a natural pain killer. I've heard ancient romans used to place a clove in their mouth straight after loosing a tooth to ease the pain. Hope this helps.

Cheers :)

02-21-2001, 04:01 AM
Found another use for Tiger Balm: a Vietnamese woman I know uses it to relieve colds by applying to the back and reddening the skin with a dog tag (ouch!). Has anyone else come across this technique?

02-21-2001, 04:20 AM
all talk no action yo'll full of it.no proof dit da is antiiflamm. where did ya git that proof from.used it on yer @rse after i f*cked it last right and ya found it works so yo preaching this cr@p to everyone right. yo quack useless good fer nothin chemist.go back to yer lab and analyse more stools and pee ya loser.

5star praying mantis

02-21-2001, 05:17 AM
My wife does this practice. In Chinese Medicine
it's called Gwa Shwa if I remember correctly and
my wife uses a 50 cent piece and another type of
oil (green color) that comes in a bottle. Oil is
placed on the skin where the rubbing will take
place and then take a coin an scrape (not too
hard) to make the area red. My wife get's a lot
of relief from this. I've even heard of Chinese
taking a dab of Tiger Balm and rubbing it on the
back of the throat when sick. I don't know if
I'd try that.

5-Star, you need to lay off the drugs son.

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

02-21-2001, 07:53 PM
You see, I have been training in Aikido the last month or so. The rolling and falling are taxing on my 35 year old body. TKD kept me on my feet for several years and I am not used to this. I have not yet ‘mastered’ the rolls, etc. but am persistently trying!

Specifically, I have bruised my side, right on the pelvis bone. Although I can tolerate the pain, I would like to know if anyone had a suggestion for easing it? The pain is dull and somewhat throbbing. I can always feel it but when I work out, I am not bothered by it.

The tiger balm caught my eye and I was thinking about buying it. Is jow going to work better in this case? Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance,