Herbal Plasters For Back Pain Relief
Herbal plasters have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to relieve pain. Herbs that relieve pain and restore inflammation are put on a plaster and applied to be left on for 24 hours. The herbs improve circulation and the fact that they are able to stay there all day and penetrate can be very effective.
These patches are not a substitute for treating the cause of the pain internally. The inflammation, especially if it is in your spine, needs to be fixed. These patches can treat muscle pain, but not inflammation or pain in the spine from a disc prolapse.
To use these plasters, you just peel off the herbal plaster, put it wherever you have pain and leave it on for 12-24 hours. I personally prefer 24 hours. The herbs soak in as the day goes on. To remove them, it is best to soak them in the shower to loosen them. Please do not use plasters every day. You can have a skin reaction.
Menthol 16%, Methyl Salicylate 10%
Safflower, Dandelion, Rhubarb Extracts, Myrrh Gum Mass.
The herbal plasters come in pre-cut sheets. You can cut them to suit the area you need to treat. For example, you can cut them in half and put one on your elbow, or an area on your leg.
Salonpas is also used in Chinese medicine. In my opinion, it is not as strong as other pain relief patches. Its ingredient list is:
Active Ingredients (in each patch) ….. Purpose
Menthol 3%…..Topical analgesic
Methyl salicylate 10% (NSAID*)…..Topical analgesic
*nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
Click here to see: SALONPAS Large Pain Relief Patches
The Tiger balm patch and rub are very popular with acupuncturists. This product is very strong. The ingredients are:
Active Ingredients: Menthol (24 mg/patch), Camphor (80 mg/patch),
and Capsicum Extract (16 mg/patch)
Inactive Ingredients: Aluminum glycinate, eucalyptus oil, glycerin, kaolin, mentha oil, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, sodium carboxymethylcellulose, sodium polyacrylate, polyacrylic acid solution, sorbitol solution, hydrotalcite, water
(As you can see, it has eucalyptus and mint. It also has the menthol, camphor and Capsicum (cayenne) extract. These are extra ingredients.
Click here to see: TIGER BALM PAIN RELIEVING LARGE PATCH 8″X4″,
It is not recommend for pregnant or nursing women to use these products.