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At my age, I’m always searching for products that will help me recover faster, so that I can workout as much as I used to!

What’s funny is that sometimes I come across products I used as a kid, before I got serious about training and racing (and actually paid attention to this kind of thing.)

One of those products is Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream, a topical anti-inflammatory and pain relief cream.

You’ve probably seen it before. It’s a staple in therapy centers and professional offices (doctors, chiropractors, etc.) They usually have it in big pump canisters.

It’s definitely not your ordinary pain relief cream. It’s more of a homeopathic medicine than your typical NSAID. I didn’t even know it was an OTC product at first.

It’s not something to compare to Salonpas gel, BioFreeze, Ben Gay, RockSauce, or any of the many other things that I’ve used over the years. Not that those products are bad by any means, it’s just that Topricin is different.

Different, as in better? Some would say so. I would say so.

Why? Well, it’s not just pain relief, it’s healing. Rather than simply masking the pain, it’s meant to heal the damage that’s causing your pain.

That’s what these herbs are for:

  • Aesculus hippocastanum
  • Arnica montana
  • Belladonna
  • Crotalus horridus
  • Echinacea
  • Graphites
  • Heloderma
  • Lachesis mutus
  • Naja tripudians
  • Rhus toxicodendron
  • Ruta graveolens

Each ingredient is supposed to relieve a specific type of pain, or treat a specific area of the body. For example, Aesculus hippocastanum relieves pain in the lower back, hip and spine. Crotalus horridus relieves deep muscle bruising. And Rhus toxicodendron provides pain relief for muscle cramping.

topricin ingredients

Truth be told, I’ve only heard of a few of them. Arnica, specifically, is the ingredient that really stands out. It’s supposed to treat both muscle and joint pain. There are scientific studies saying it works, and it’s been written about in the New York Times.

The million dollar question – does Topricin work?

Topricin works for me. And judging by how long it’s been around, and how many good things I hear about it, it must for a heck of a lot of people.

But it doesn’t work for every type of pain or every person. It usually works for me, but occasionally I’ll have something that just doesn’t seem to respond to Topricin. My mother and grandmother don’t think it does anything. (Hey, more for me!)

I hate to say “it works well, but it only works sometimes.” When I hear that kind of statement, my bullsh*t detector goes crazy! Because by giving Topricin a pass for the times it doesn’t work, you also have to question whether it worked the times you thought it did. Who knows, maybe your body healed on its own?

But then I remember times I’ve had coffee or energy drinks (that normally work) do nothing. It’s just another wonder of the human body. Sometimes weird things happen!

And since I’m no expert on homeopathic medicine, if it seems to work more often than not, I’m going to stick with it! The worst that can happen is I waste my money. (I’ve never had any side effects from Topricin.)

Danny Ramirez uses it:

And people at this Spartan Race seem to enjoy it:

How much does it cost?

A 2oz tube is $16.95, a 4oz jar is $24.95, and an 8oz flip top bottle is $39.95.

That means it’s about $6-8 per ounce, depending on size. So it’s roughly twice the price of the regular pain relief creams!

You’re going to have to decide if it’s worth it. If you have chronic pain, you’re probably willing to try anything. I wouldn’t suggest trying just anything, but I would suggest trying Topricin.

Here’s how I use Topricin:

I’ve tried it for all sorts of injuries.

Preventing hand and elbow pain.

As a longtime runner and cyclist, my lower body is pretty beat up, but my arms are in good shape. I’d like to keep them that way, so now that I’ve taken up rock climbing, I’m being super careful.

I like to put Topricin on my hands, elbows, and even my forearms before a big day of climbing. I haven’t had any elbow pain since I started doing this! (I had a little before, but never very much. This is just a precaution.)

open jar of topricin

Treating chronic knee pain.

I have some overuse injuries from cycling, and that seems to have made my knees more susceptible to injury now. So if I tweak my knee, I’m due for a few weeks of chronic pain. Topricin seems hit or miss in this regard; sometimes it helps a ton, sometimes there’s no effect.

Healing a rare back injury.

I can only remember one back injury, and since anything with your back is serious, I started Topricin right away! It was still scary and painful for a few days, but I fixed it, and Topricin made it feel much better.

Bumps and bruises.

Rarely do I bother using Topricin on minor bumps and bruises, but sometimes the injury is in one of those spots where you hit it repeatedly, and you need it to heal ASAP. Such was the case this past March when I really slammed my forearm/elbow against a hold when doing some rock climbing. I ended up with a big bump, a scrape, and a bruise, and the spot would not stop hurting!

I rubbed a little Topricin on it, and not long after, I had totally forgotten about the pain! I wasn’t expecting it to work very well, and then it worked so well I forgot about the injury entirely, so I’m really impressed!

Plus, it didn’t irritate the raw skin!

Which Topricin formula is right for you?

They have three distinct formulas now.

  • Topricin
  • Topricin Foot Therapy Cream
  • Topricin for Children

They are very, very similar, so it probably doesn’t matter which one you choose. Between the three formulas, the active ingredients are almost unchanged.

The foot cream is “specially formulated to effectively treat foot and ankle pain.” The children’s cream is “a multi-purpose healing cream for all the everyday bruising, scrapes, scratches, minor burns, and insect bites that children are prone to.”

The foot cream is awesome for anyone with sore feet and legs. Runners, rock climbers, ballet dancers, etc.

topricin for children

Topricin for Children seems like the choice to carry in a wilderness first aid kit because it’s so versatile.

None of them contain menthol salicylate, so you can totally avoid NSAIDs!

And here’s one more reason to love Topricin!

Topricin is odorless. Open the jar, rub it in, and smell nothing.

Some of these creams and gels smell so strong they will stink up an entire room! I mean, I love the smell of the potent menthol creams, but that’s not always appropriate outside of the locker room (like in a crowded office environment for example.)

There is no heat, no cold, no tingling sensation either. It’s totally neutral.

Again, that’s part of the experience I enjoy (especially with RockSauce,) but not everyone feels the same way.

I know people who are sensitive to cold who avoid most of these products because they give them the chills. And as much as I love the tingling heat from RockSauce, I certainly don’t want to feel it on a hot summer afternoon!

It’s like the vanilla ice cream of the pain relief creams – not too exciting, but nearly everyone can enjoy it.

My final verdict is…

I can’t guarantee that Topricin is going to work for you, but I like it. I like it a lot. I’ve had success using it for both muscle and joint pain.

I recommend it over other pain relief creams because it actually facilitates the body’s natural healing process, instead of just masking the pain while you pass the time. Even though it’s expensive, I think it’s worth the price! Just get a small size first to see if it works for you.

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Product Review Details
Company: Topical BioMedics, Inc.
Product: Topricin Pain Relief and Healing Cream
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-07-29
Obtained Product: Free samples from company. Advertiser: No.

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Levi Bloom is an experienced endurance athlete who has been training and competing for over 17 years. A former Cat 1 road and mountain bike racer (professional class on the regional circuit), he is now a cycling coach (USA Cycling Level 3 Certified) and sports nutrition coach (Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified).

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