I wanted to share a quick update with you today after trying out Tiger Balm on my TMJ for several weeks.
I'd heard numerous anecdotes from other TMJ sufferers who tested Tiger Balm and positive results, so I thought I'd give it a try myself.
For the uninitiated, Tiger Balm is a topical ointment traditionally used for relieving aches and pains.
It's made up of a blend of herbal ingredients: camphor (~11%), menthol (~11%), cajuput oil, cassia oil, clove oil, dementholized mint oil, and paraffin petrolatum. The particular one I used was the Sports Ultra Strength one (you can find that here) which is meant for a deep, penetrating relief from discomfort.
To understand why Tiger Balm worked so well for me, it's crucial to unpack its ingredients.
Camphor and menthol are active ingredients that produce a warming sensation when applied to the skin, helping to improve blood flow and relieve muscle tension. The other oils like cajuput and clove oil seem to work synergistically with these active ingredients to deepen the relief.
TMJ involves muscle tension, inflammation, and sometimes even spasms in the jaw area. Tiger Balm's warming and soothing ingredients offer immediate comfort by targeting these symptoms.
Upon application, the balm was absorbed quickly, and within minutes, the once searing pain in my jaw was reduced to a mild discomfort - still there but barely noticeable.
I felt the muscle tension melt away, allowing me to open and close my mouth without the fear of triggering another sharp pain.
I just used a small dollop of the ointment, about a pea-sized amount, and massaged it into the tender areas around my jawline and temples.
It gives a warming sensation followed by a cooling effect—a sign that the menthol's kicking in. As I waited for the ointment to work its magic, I closed my eyes and took deep breaths. In less than five minutes, I felt the tension in my jaw loosen right up.
I've been using Tiger Balm as a go-to quick fix for TMJ flare-ups since.
Warning: Don't get it anywhere near your eyes!
It definitely adds an extra layer of relief that I hadn't found in any other over-the-counter options. I even carry a small jar in my bag, just in case I need an emergency application.