The Original Pain Relief Embrocation
After a hard day’s work, many people like to relax by sitting on the couch and watching TV. Other people like to break a sweat to release stress. Others prefer a nice and relaxing massage. On the other hand, many people cannot even enjoy these activities. They just want relief from all the pain due to work.
Truly, even jobs which don’t really require a lot of physical exertion can cause pain to our bodies. Slouching is still a problem for many of us who have desk jobs. It can lead to aches and pains in your back, neck and shoulders. It can also result in gastrointestinal reflux or fatigue because you will not have proper breathing.
There are many ways to relieve the pain from muscle use. Many people like to have a good massage. Whether a simple rub from a family member or a day at the spa, massages can work wonders. Oftentimes, these do the trick for muscle pain relief.
Pain relief methods and medicines in TCM
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also has great methods of pain relief. Acupuncture is getting popular for pain relief therapy. Cupping is another alternative. Moxibustion is not as known as the other two but is something worth trying.
Aside from that, there are herbal remedies to help with pain relief. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has plenty of herbs to help with this. There are various formulas you can try. There are also tons of oils and embrocations that do an excellent job of relieving you of those bodily aches and pains.
According to the dictionary, an embrocation is a liquid that is rubbed onto the body to reduce pain or stiffness in muscles. Another term for embrocation is a liniment. As we already said, there are already a number of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) embrocations you can use. All of them are effective, but there is a particular one which has stood the test of time-White Flower Medicine Oil.
What is White Flower Oil - background and origins
White Flower Oil (Pak Fah Yeow) is an embrocation or analgesic balm which has a unique combination of essential oils. It is derived from menthol, wintergreen, camphor, eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint. It is used for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains for muscles and joints. Other people commonly refer to it as the "Chinese Bengay".
According to official accounts, White Flower Oil or Analgesic Balm was created by a man named Gan Geok Eng. He was a merchant who moved to Penang, Malaysia, where he started selling the oil. He originally created this pain relief embrocation for his family who absolutely loved it. He incorporated his company in Singapore in 1935, then moved his manufacturing base to Hong Kong in 1951.
At this time, White Flower Oil started to be sold throughout many parts of Asia. It became popular in Taiwan and Southern China. It reached the shores of Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. It is especially a hit in the Philippines where it has been sold there since the 1970’s as a pain relief oil for muscle pains and headaches.
Another fact which makes White Flower Oil interesting is its name. None of the ingredients listed there are white flowers. Gan Geok Eng’s favorite flower happened to be the white narcissus (daffodil). Thus, the name White flower for this excellent embrocation. The name stuck and now White Flower is known as an excellent brand around Asia.
White Flower Oil - Its ingredients
There may be no White Flowers in this pain relief oil but the 6 essential oils are what make it so relieving. These are Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Camphor, Menthol, and Lavender. Let us go through all six of them one by one. Then we will know what makes White Flower Oil an excellent pain relief embrocation.
Eucalyptus Oil is made from the tree’s oval-shaped leaves. It is used to relieve coughing, get mucus out of the chest, and help respiratory conditions such as asthma and sinusitis. Is also used as a pain reliever against joint and muscle pain. Studies have shown that it helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many of these conditions.
Many enjoy lavender and use it to treat different conditions. It is most commonly used in aromatherapy. This is because it’s fragrance promotes calmness and wellness. This is good for those suffering from anxiety and stress. It also gives mild pain relief in conditions such as menstrual cramps.
Camphor oil is the oil extracted from the wood of camphor trees and processed by steam distillation. It is most commonly used to relieve pain, irritation, and itching. Camphor has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. Just get ready to feel tingling, warming, or cooling sensation with this type of oil in White Flower.
This type of oil comes from the leaves of the Wintergreen plant. Its active ingredient is methyl salicylate which is closely related to aspirin. This makes it have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. That is why it is popularly used as a topical pain reliever.
Peppermint is used to add flavor or fragrance to foods, cosmetics, other products. It is also known to have some medicinal uses. It is shown to have health benefits for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), nausea, skin conditions, headaches, cold, and flu. It is also used for minor pain relief such as menstrual pains.
Menthol is a natural compound found in certain plants. It is commonly used in many products such as drugs and food. This includes its use in many pain relief oils, ointments, and embrocations. It is also used to relieve symptoms of asthma, rhinitis and is a common ingredient in cold remedies.
These ingredients come from all over the world: the menthol and camphor from China, the eucalyptus from Australia, the wintergreen from the US and the lavender from France. These essential oils are what make White Flower Oil the choice of many people throughout the generations.
Grab a bottle of White Flower Oil to place in your medicine cabinet today. It is just what you need for the whole family. Topically apply the oil to your skin and see the quick and soothing pain relief it provides. We promise you will not regret it.
NOTE: White Flower Oil has no approved therapeutic claims by the FDA. Always consult your doctor.