Menthol has long been one of the key ingredients in the non-prescription creams and lotions we use for the treatment of aches, pains, sprains and muscle spasms. Menthol is an organic compound derived from peppermint and other mint oils.
The success of using menthol to treat topical pain is not an old wives tale. It works. People have been relying on it for generations. There are very detailed scientific explanations showing just how menthol works to relieve pain, but, for now, here are three very simplified descriptions of the processes used.
- Menthol works as a vasodilator. Blood vessels widen which increases blood flow. Increased blood flow brings nutrients needed for cellular repair and removes waste products from the affected area.
- Molecules in the menthol attach to receptors in our cells and this produces a numbing effect. By stimulating certain receptors and blocking sodium and calcium channels, menthol can reduce the pain signal sent to the brain.
- Menthol may make the skin more permeable which makes it easier for other helpful ingredients in the cream to be more readily absorbed by the inflamed tissue.
You will find that a topical pain treatment containing menthol can be quite helpful. It is natural treatment and may be all you need to quiet minor aches and pains. Absorbine Jr Plus contains natural extracts and compounds including menthol, and our customers love it! It works fast and effectively to bring relief to your aches and pains. Visit this page to learn more.