Herbal Ice Liniment


Herbal Ice is applied as a superior alternative to ice for fresh injuries.

Plum Dragon Herbal Ice Liniment, 4 oz. bottle 

Made from the San Huang San formula!

San Huang San is a combination of 3 cooling herbs that effectively alleviate pain and inflammation in injuries. Unlike the ice pack that is used in Western settings, these 3 herbs help increase local circulation to break stasis, while cooling energy reduces heat and pain, helping accelerate and smooth the natural healing process. Try applying this liniment instead of ice and see the difference!

***Please note that the "cooling" herbs do not feel cool to the skin, but are categorized as "cooling" in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Herbal Ice formula is meant to be used in place of ice on a fresh injury to help the injury heal faster, not to "FEEL" like ice. Ingredients, such as camphor and menthol, added to other formulas to make them "FEEL" like ice are, in our opinion, not helpful to the body. The function of camphor and menthol are to trick the nerves of the skin so that they cannot send pain signals in the normal way.  The "icy" feeling you get is actually the sensation of those ingredients overwhelming the nerves of the skin. If you want to heal your injury faster, use the herbal ice, but do not expect an "icy" feeling. If you want to just cover up the pain and trick your body, use other products containing camphor and menthol, but do not expect faster healing.***

Additionally, we add 1 extra "yellow" to the original San Huang San formula which assists the original recipe by increasing local circulation to reduce stagnation from bleeding (hematoma): The Plum Dragon Herbs 4 yellows Herbal Ice formula is born!

To use Herbal Ice liniment, cover the injury with liquid and rub into skin.  Repeat as often as needed to manage pain and swelling.

For more info on why Herbal Ice is a superior alternative to ice for injuries, this article is a MUST READ: San Huang San ("Herbal Ice") vs. Ice: Why Ice is Not So Nice for Sports Related Injury


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For EXTERNAL use only.



Therapeutic Actions

  • Use as an superior alternative to ice for fresh injuries where there are no cuts or broken skin.

Common Uses

  • Improving circulation/moving blood
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Relieving pain
  • Bruises/contusions
  • Traumatic injuries and pain
  • External and sports injuries with bruising and pain



This formula should not be used by pregnant or nursing women.

For EXTERNAL use only.  Do NOT apply to open wounds or cuts, scrapes, broken skin, eyes or mouth at any time.


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