Chinese Medicated Oil for Sore Muscle Relief

Why should you use Chinese medicated oil for sore muscle relief, considering there are many over-the-counter creams and ointments for pain relief? Other than the fact that they work as promised, the main reason Chinese medicated oils are preferable is that they are safe to use. Drugstore remedies can be dangerous. The FDA has warned consumers about several popular products that cause chemical burns.

Chinese Medicated Oil

Chinese Medicated Oil

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has made use of herbs and oils for thousands of years with safe and proven results, so if you’re looking for remedy that won’t do damage to your skin or leave toxins in your body, here are three types of Chinese medicated oil for sore muscle relief that will have you pain free in no time at all.

Po Sum On Medicated Oil

If you say the name of this joint pain treatment oil quickly, it sounds like ‘pour some on’ which is a good way to remember it.

Po Sum On is a warming liniment. It increases circulation which relieves pain and reduces swelling. The oil contains no synthetic chemicals and is infused with the following herbs:

  • Peppermint oil – antispasmodic and analgesic
  • Tea oil – the base oil of this formula that is similar to olive oil
  • Dragon blood – a resin that promotes blood circulation, tissue regeneration, and relieves pain
  • Cinnamon oil – warming and aids with circulation
  • Scute & Licorice – both herbs remedy inflammation

Wong Lop Kong Medicated Oil

This herbal pain oil offers temporary relief of muscle aches and spasms, although people use it to remedy migraines and other off-label problems. It contains menthol, camphor, turpentine, cinnamon, peppermint, and methyl salicylate (aspirin) along with a proprietary blend of herbs. Due to the menthol and camphor in this remedy, you’ll find it clears your sinuses as well. It’s not ‘hot’ so older folks and those that are sensitive to heat should like it. The oil contains:

  • Safflower – relieves pain
  • Peppermint – diminish inflammation
  • Frankincense – reduces swelling
  • Myrrh – circulation, pain relief
  • Angelica – promotes circulation
  • Danshen – alleviates pain
  • Chuanxiong – alleviates pain
  • Dragon’s blood resin – stops bleeding (topically), alleviates pain
  • Camphor – antiseptic and cooling

White Flower Oil

White Flower Oil has been around for almost 100 years and is probably the most well-known of healing oils in this class. It only takes a few drops to be effective. Apply it topically for sore muscle relief and headaches. It’s also a remedy for nose and chest congestion. Just apply some directly to your chest or to a tissue and inhale. The oil contains menthol and camphor as well as a blend of essential oils:

  • Lavender – anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic
  • Eucalyptus – analgesic, antiseptic
  • Wintergreen – relieves rheumatic symptoms, analgesic
  • Peppermint – antispasmodic, stimulant

Want to learn more about how to treat your aches and pains with Chinese medicine? Get your hands on a copy of Shaolin Secret Formulas for the Treatment of External Injury. The Kung Fu masters know a thing or two about sore muscle relief.

FAQ – Chinese Medicated Oil for Sore Muscle Relief


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    • Beth
    • July 28, 2022

    I have to try this! My muscles ache all the time, and I could definitely use something to help.

    1. Reply

      You won’t regret it. They really do work.

  1. Reply

    Chinese oil is new to me, but it sounds great! I constantly have issues with a sore muscle in my left shoulder after a golf injury in high school.

    1. Reply

      They’re perfect for sore muscles. Thanks for commenting!

    • Rose Ann Sales
    • July 29, 2022

    I am definitely gonna try this! This is what I need! This sounds like a really great product!

    1. Reply

      It is! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Reply

    I love oils. They really do heal and help with so many ailments. Thanks for sharing this one.

    1. Reply

      You’re welcome. Thank you for commenting.

  3. Reply

    This is a cool idea. It’s something new to me and reading about it. I will share this with my gf. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Glad you found it useful. Thanks for commenting.

    • Irena
    • July 29, 2022

    Just by reading the ingredients in these oils, i already want to get my hands on them! Lovely!

    1. Reply

      I hope you do. Thanks for commenting.

    • Neely Moldovan
    • July 29, 2022

    Definitely need to give this a try! I workout a ton!

    • Alita
    • July 30, 2022

    My family swears by Chinese medicated oil because they are safe and we understand how they are made. They are rooted in the Chinese philosophy of balance between the forces of yin and yang.

    • briannemanzb
    • July 30, 2022

    I’ve been having muscle pain these days and I would very much prefer these Chinese medicines.

    • Rosey
    • July 30, 2022

    I didn’t know there was a medicated oil. I think that might be good for me to have on hand.

    1. Reply

      Yes, that’s a good idea. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Reply

    Nnniiiccceeee…how timely of me to land on this article about pain-relieving oils! My left foot hurts a little, these days.

  5. Reply

    I have used one such medicated oil before and helped me quite a bit. Would love to try this. These are great to try when nothing works

    1. Reply

      They’re great as a first option as well. Thanks for commenting!

    • Vanessa Palma
    • July 30, 2022

    I always have muscle pains. Thank you for these suggestions.

    1. Reply

      You’re welcome!

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