Fingerprint of Tiger Balm® by thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry

Omar A. Aldulaimi*, Wen-Wu Li

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Introduction: Tiger Balm® is a blend of volatile oils used for many years in control of muscle cramps and headache. Objectives: To establish a quick and accurate method of analysis for Tiger Balm®. Materials and Methods: GC-MS and TD GC-MS were used in parallel to define the metabolites in Tiger Balm® blend in comparison with high quality standards in confirmation of the metabolite identities. Results: TD GC-MS was more efficient in showing the 1:1 relative abundance of camphor and menthol which can be taken as a chemical marker of this herbal medicine. Conclusion: In this work we applied efficiently the use of TD GC-MS in quality analysis of semisolid herbal medicine with volatile scents without the need of tedious pre-treatment with organic solvents, which is required by using GC-MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-233
Number of pages4
JournalPharmacognosy Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 29 Feb 2016


  • camphor
  • GC-MS
  • menthol
  • TD GC-MS
  • Tiger Balm®


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