What the Thai oil is actually used, outsiders rarely understand. Professionals on the other hand know exactly for what it is used in Muay Thai, Kickboxing and MMA. Thai oils, Thai creams and the famous Tiger Balm warm the muscles, release tension and relieve pain and aching muscles. Moreover blunt trauma is deflected to the fighters a little bit.
Thai Oils in other sports:But not only fighters appreciate the unique effect of Thai oils and liniments. In this day and age other athletes and sports have discovered the advantages of Thai Oil and ointments for themselves. Not seldom they can be found in football, hockey or other athletics. The circulation-promoting effect and the prevention of joint problems, bruises, a shortened warm-up phase are just a few of the many advantages …
Muay Thai Boxing Liniment Oil and is in Europe under the generic drug. They are non-prescription and freely available. Since the components of all purely natural and when applied externally are not dangerous. Thai oils, liniments and ointments should always be applied only on the outside! Contact with mucous membranes, wounds or eyes should be avoided.
The ingredients of Thai oils and liniments:
1% menthol oil
31% methyl salicylate
and other natural ingredients such as water and eucalyptus oil.
Not infrequently also arnica extracts is part of Thai oils.
Since Thai oils consists only of natural extracts, no side effects are expected, if the Thai oil is only used externally. Used internally Muay Thai oil is poisonous! It is also not recommend for pregnant or nursing women! With excessive use, it may come in very rare cases through the skin into the body / bloodstream. Slight kidney pain can be the result.
Again and again the voices of athletes are heard, which reject the application of Muay Thai oils.
They fear that by the hot feeling of the body the readiness is fooled and this can lead to sports injuries.
Especially in hot countries is excessive warming up very exhausting. Muay Thai oils reduce this. Sometimes fighters are observed, which are not warm and rely only on the effect of Muay Thai oil and ointments.
The effect of Thai oils, liniments, Tigerbalm and Thai creams and ointments before the fight:
After a struggle, the body is very overused. Again, the ointments and Thai oils bring many advantages. Injuries heal faster and relieves pain. Even massage parlors often use Thai oils, since the relaxing and loosening effect is a feeling of wellbeing for the whole body.
The effect of Thai and Sports oils after the battle:
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Menthol: is a pain reliever, producing a slight numbing effect when rubbed into an area, as well as having an IcyHot effect of warm and cool. It isn’t actually changing temperature, but merely sending temperature-changing signals to your brain. Menthol also facilitates vasodilation, expanding blood vessels and increasing blood flow to an affected area, thus increasing the transport of nutrients/medicine to the area and removing waste faster. There can also be other ingredients, such as eucalyptus oil or arnica extracts, which are for pain and inflammation. The oil is applied both before and after a rigorous workout. The massage and the oil together help prepare the muscles for battle.
What is the difference between the Thai Oil and IcyHot? The short answer? Nothing. IcyHot also contains menthol and methyl salicylate.
What about Tiger Balm? Tiger Balm also uses menthol, but no methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate blocks the production and release of chemicals that cause inflammation and pain. But it has a list of oils such as camphor, cassia oil, dementholized mint oil, cajuput oil and clove oil, which are basically all pain relievers and usually used in toothaches.
When you get deep into Muay Thai training, you will appreciate the pain relieving ointment and more so the massage that comes with it, as your muscles will be sore and you will likely be bruised from head to toe. Most Muay Thai practitioners will swear by only the traditional Thai Oil, but don’t let that stop you from trying other ointments that may work better for YOUR body and/or YOUR skin. Remember that everybody is different and will react differently to certain oils and creams out there.