Chinese Medicine

Is there an alternative to using Tiger Balm

Since this is the Chinese Medicine category, the answer is yes. There are plenty of alternatives to Tiger Balm. Many small martial arts schools and manufacturers are making their own liniments, balms, oils, etc. using Chinese herbs. These are akin to dit da jow formulas that are used in martial arts training. If that is the usage that you are looking for, then an online search should present many options.
The difference between balm vs. liniment is that most liniments are alcohol based, whereas most balms are petroleum or natural oil-based. This is an important difference in whether you want something that is liquid or solid (for transportation, application, etc.) So, you should first figure out whether you want something that is the consistency of Tiger Balm or if you are open to other forms, such as liquid, gel, cream, etc.

If you are looking for a balm similar in texture to Tiger Balm, here is one really great alternative. One of the best alternatives to Tiger Balm is a new U.S. manufacturer of a petroleum-free, all natural balm that contains quite a few Chinese herbal ingredients. It’s called Battle Balm and its uses are more than just the typical muscle rub and topical analgesic. It is specifically formulated for contact sports and trauma associated with it. The Battle Balm website says that it can be used for sprains, strains, muscle pulls, tears, tendonitis, arthritis, and small fractures. There are also 17 other uses for it. Even if it is not exactly what you want, at least the Battle Balm website may help you figure out what kind of product is right for you.

I hope that helps.

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