Russian balm and Russian massage balm are products formulated on the basis of capsaicin, isolated from the fruit of hot pepper, which has local anti-inflammatory effect. It improves circulation on the site of application, which leads to an increase in local blood flow, causing a pleasant feeling of warmth.
Russian balm and Russian massage balm are used to relieve musculoskeletal pain, tension and stiffness of joints accompanied with swelling. They help with osteoarthritis, sports injuries, muscle cramps, stiff neck and back pain (lumbar syndrome). Due to long-term thermal effect, they help in all rheumatic disorders that are specifically distinct in colder months of the year.
Massage, furthermore, hastens stimulation of receptors and hence improves blood flow in tissues and accelerates elimination of toxic products from muscles and surrounding tissues. Therefore, application of Russian massage balm is especially recommended, since by warming of the painful site in combination with local massage, potentiation effects of capsaicin is achieved, but it also has a positive effect on the muscular tonus of inflamed region and stimulates myorelaxation.
- essential oil of wintergreen
- essential oil of eucalyptus
- essential oil of lavender
- essential oil of rosemary
Capsaicin binds to specific receptors which are sensitive to external stimuli and high temperature, creating a nerve impulse that the brain interprets as stinging and burning sensation. This in a way it leads to “deception” of cerebral sensory zone and increases the threshold of tolerance to pain. Continuous, local application of capsaicin leads to decreased feeling of pain and inflammation.
The formulation is complemented with essential oil of wintergreen, which is a rich natural source of methyl salicylate and acts as a natural pain reliever. When applied to the painful area, it significantly reduces pain in all muscular-skeletal problems accompanied with swelling.
- rheumatic disorders, cramps and muscle pain
- tension and stiffness in joints
- impaired peripheral circulation