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Star balm: what to smear and what is absolutely not


Source: Clever

Small boxes with this ointment were brought to the USSR from Vietnam in the early eighties, and they quickly gained popularity - the tool was new, imported and inexpensive. Miracle ointment tried to cure completely different ailments, often using the "asterisk" for other purposes.

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The ointment has not lost its fame even today - in America it can easily be bought at The Amazon. To find out how to use it properly and what dangers it contains, it offers Clever.


The composition of the original ointment includes drugs that the Vietnamese themselves use in their medicines. This is a completely natural product that consists of menthol, camphor, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove oil, petroleum jelly, beeswax and paraffin.

Proper use

In Vietnam, doctors use the "Golden Star" - and that is what they call it in their homeland - for many diseases, because there it is considered quite effective. Basically, the ointment is used for colds, rhinitis, and other similar diseases. The drug is used in view of acupuncture points - various places on the human body, which, according to Chinese traditions, are responsible for certain ailments.

Such warming balms are used to relieve pain, increase blood flow, eliminate swelling in case of problems with ligaments, tendons and joints. The principle of their work is simple and very effective: they warm the skin, make blood flow to the site of application, relieve puffiness, relax muscle tissue. The asterisk can be rubbed into certain places: for headaches - whiskey, a cold can be treated by rubbing into the back, chest and abdomen.

“Golden Star” also helps with mosquito bites - the ointment cools so much that the skin focuses not on the irritation of the bite, but on the cool effect of the preparation.

How not to use the "star"

Important: balm in no case can not be applied to the mucous membranes! For example, in the nose. At hit on such sites ointment causes strong reaction and unpleasant sensations which can not pass several days in a row.

Also, such warming ointments are often used incorrectly - for various injuries, stretching should not be rubbed, but you just need to apply and wait until the ointment is absorbed. Warming ointments are used to anesthetize, increase blood flow, eliminate edema. Rubbing may cause additional damage.

If the ointment is used to treat colds and improve well-being, then rubbing is not contraindicated.


As can be seen from the composition of the ointment, all the components included in it are very strong allergens. If you have ever been allergic to flowers, trees and other plants, this drug should be used only after the test - apply a small amount of ointment on the inside of the wrist. If you feel irritated, then you should not use the asterisk.

Also, do not treat this drug to children up to two years and pregnant women - they have a sensitivity to allergens significantly higher than that of a normal adult.

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