Ingredient Name: Menthol
What is it? Menthol is a waxy, crystalline compound derived from corn mint oil, peppermint oil, and other mint oils. The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy found that the topical application of menthol was more effective than ice on pain and discomfort. The pain-relieving properties of menthol have been extensively studied and found useful in relieving many types of aches and pains.*
*= This information has not been approved by the FDA.
Galeotti, Nicoletta, et al. “Menthol: a Natural Analgesic Compound.” Neuroscience Letters, vol. 322, no. 3, 2002, pp. 145–148., doi:10.1016/s0304-3940(01)02527-7.
Pergolizzi, J. V., et al. “The Role and Mechanism of Action of Menthol in Topical Analgesic Products.” Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, vol. 43, no. 3, 2018, pp. 313–319., doi:10.1111/jcpt.12679.
“Menthol.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Database, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/menthol#section=Top.
Sundstrup, Emil, et al. “Acute Effect of Topical Menthol on Chronic Pain in Slaughterhouse Workers with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Triple-Blind, Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial.” Rehabilitation Research and Practice, vol. 2014, 2014, pp. 1–7., doi:10.1155/2014/310913.
Johar, P, et al. “A Comparison of Topical Menthol to Ice on Pain, Evoked Tetanic and Voluntary Force during Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, June 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22666646
Topp, R, et al. “The Effect of Either Topical Menthol or a Placebo on Functioning and Knee Pain among Patients with Knee OA.” Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports., U.S. National Library of Medicine, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22976810.
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