JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel Review

Posted on Mar 5 2013 - 12:19pm by Susan Bewley

As many of you know, I like trying out different pain relief products. For those who know me, you know I am pretty accident prone. I fall and trip constantly throughout the day. Really – I am a walking disaster waiting to happen on some days. It really is a miracle I haven't broken anything yet (at least I think). Recently, I was asked to try out a new herbal pain killer – JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel. Having never tried out any type of traditional Chinese medicine products – I thought it would be worth a try!



JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel

For those who hadn't heard of JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel, it is a natural pain reliever based on traditional Chinese medicine. This small family business in Rockland Country, NY perfected this formula to create an all natural, affordable pain reliever that is perfect for all budgets. Best of all, it is made right here in the United State and is not tested on animals. JOW is made using combinations of herbs that were soaked for several months, allowing the healing properties of the combination to extract into the liquid.  From there, the herbs are strained and the liquid is bottled for sale.


JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel: Smell & Look

If you are looking for a product that has a fairly neutral smell, I will be the first to tell you that this is not the product for you. JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel has a very strong, unique smell. This is mostly due to the fact that it does not contain any perfumes. Really, I don't the smell would be so bad if it didn't have alcohol as the first ingredient. As for the pain reliever itself, it is a very thin liquid with a brownish tint.  Once it is rubbed in and absorbed into your skin, it no longer looks brown and doesn't stain from what I have seen.

 JOW pain reliever

JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel: Effectiveness

I have tried JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel off and on for the past two weeks. For minor to moderate pain, I would say that it works great. It is great at dealing with minor bruises and strained muscles. Major pain, however, takes quite a few applications. It took about four applications before it dulled my knee pain. From my experience, it seems to work best as a massage oil, especially after a tough workout. With the cool feeling it has after it's applied, it is perfect for relaxing!

JOW Back

JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel: Overall

From my own experience, JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel does seem to work. It does seem to relieve pain temporarily and at least dulls the chronic pain a bit from my knee. My biggest issue with JOW is that it does have a very strong smell and takes a long time to dry. This isn't the type of product you can throw in your purse and go. I could see this working best as a type of massage oil if you are sore after a workout or dealing with minor pain. Based on my own experience, I would give this product a B rating.

JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel: Where to Purchase

Currently, you can purchase a bottle of JOW Topical Pain Relief Gel on their website or The little bottle of JOW that I tried goes for about $12.99 on Amazon. To learn more about JOW, feel free to check out their Facebook fan page or their product page on

Disclosure: Budget Earth did not receive monetary compensation for this review and giveaway, but did receive a bottle of JOW for review purposes via All of the opinions on this blog are the opinions of said author and these opinions may differ from your own.

JOW front


Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

23 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. candess phillips March 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Jow for the ow….couldn't resist.  I've had a hard time finding the right topical lotion for my husbands back.  He has a bulged disk and usually relies on pain killers or muscle relaxents..  While Jow is within a good price point it doesn't seem strong enough for our use.  Glad to know.

  2. Jessica Snow March 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    You sound like me.  I was in the ER twice a year until I turned 15.  I still walk into walls and trip over everything.  I might actually give this a try.  My family lives in Rockland County, New York so it makes me feel good to know it comes from an area I know, not to mention that it's American made.  Thanks for your review.  

  3. Katrina March 6, 2013 at 1:39 am - Reply

    I'm always looking for pain relief with out having to take pills. It's good to know JOW is a good alt to popping an asprin. Also, I'm starting a workout reg soon and this would help with the aches I know I am bound to get. lol

  4. sam dock March 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    My husband is always hurting himself, maybe we should try some of this!

  5. Nicole Becker March 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Definitely want this because I have RA.

  6. Makoy Guevara March 8, 2013 at 1:59 am - Reply

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  7. Susan Alban March 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This sounds like it might be helpful for me. Thanks for the great review!

  8. Peggy Greco March 9, 2013 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I have osteoarthritis of the knee and this might would give some relief.

  9. Sarah L March 10, 2013 at 12:34 am - Reply

    I have moderate RA and don't know that this would help that.

  10. sheila ressel March 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I'd like to try this for my low back pain in the morning.  Hope it works.

  11. laurie damrose March 10, 2013 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I would get this for hubby .He could use it after work.

  12. Alaina Bullock March 10, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I am always looking for all natural remedies, especially for pain!  This is the first I have heard of this, but I am definitely going to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  13. jenny at dapperhouse March 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I am going to get this for my family – we all have aches and pains from sports 🙂 Thanks for letting me know about this – sounds relly good for my boys. 

    • Susan Bewley March 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      I think it would be a great fit. I know it worked great for me when  I used it on sore muscles after lifting weights.

  14. Annabelle March 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    I do a lot of weight training. Most days are fine but a few times a month I'll push myself and end up with inevitably sore muscles the next day. Would this work for that kind of ache? I'm not a fan of popping Advil.

  15. Megan March 13, 2013 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I'm with you and the other commenters – it sounds like the intent is more "aches" than "pains" – so it would be great for atheletes!

    • Susan Bewley March 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks Megan! I know I have been using it a lot more than I want to admit since I’ve started exercising again!

  16. Chum March 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Would love to give this a try

  17. Karen Glatt March 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a great product that I would love to put on my painful back. I will have to look into it, and would like to use this and put on about an hour before going out so it will dry!

  18. Maria Iemma April 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I have arthritis and am always looking for new products to relieve pain and I will investigate this further and hope it helps me with the pain. 

  19. Maria Iemma June 2, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

    I have pain on my shoulder from an old injury and I am going to give this a try. It may help.

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