Familiar with plasters/salonpas with the catchphrase "Stick, sleep, feel good". It is a popular product of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical, which is expected to improve stiff shoulders, low back pain and muscle fatigue while being easy to apply and adhere to the skin. This time, we will introduce the ingredients of this type of salonpas, the characteristics of the salonpas series, and precautions for use.

Main ingredients contained in Salonpas

Salonpas is a three-category drug (only Salonpas EX is a two-category drug) launched by Jiuguang Pharmaceutical. It is easy to use and very popular as it promises to be effective for stiff shoulders, back pain, muscle pain and muscle fatigue.

So why does Salonpas work for stiff shoulders and other symptoms? First, let's examine the main ingredients contained in salonpas.

Methyl salicylate/ethylene glycol salicylate

Methyl salicylate and ethylene glycol salicylate included in the salonpas range, excluding salonpas EX. Both are anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving ingredients.

There is not much difference in effect, but ethylene glycol salicylate plaster has less peculiar smell, so it is mostly used in slightly scented products.


L-Menthol is contained in almost all Salonpas products. Like salicylic acid, it is an ingredient that suppresses inflammation. In addition, l-menthol can be expected to have a cooling and antipruritic effect.

Vitamin E acetate

Vitamin E acetate is a vitamin E derivative. It has the effect of promoting blood circulation and promoting the repair of painful and stiff affected parts.

Pepper extract

Capsicum extract is contained in warm products. It is an ingredient that improves blood circulation in peripheral blood vessels by imparting a warming stimulus.

If you have sensitive skin, the harshness of capsicum extract may stress your skin. Therefore, if you are uneasy, it is recommended to do a patch test before using it.

Various salonpas series that you can choose according to your symptoms and taste

Salonpas has a variety of products. Due to its versatility, many people may feel that they do not know which product to choose.

From here, we will explain the ingredients and characteristics of each Salonpas product.


"Salonpas" is the representative product of this series. The main ingredients of salonpas are as follows.

    【Main components of Salonpas】
  • Methyl salicylate: 10.0g
  • l-menthol: 3.0g
  • Vitamin E acetate: 2.0g

The product with the highest content of methyl salicylate in the series, the active ingredients penetrate deeply to relieve shoulder and back pain and other symptoms. It is especially popular because of its soft feel against the skin and its large size (4.6 cm x 7.2 cm) to cover a large area of the affected area.

Beige is difficult to see through even thin clothes, and it is hard to peel off even if you rub it with clothes, so it is easy to use in daily life and is also attractive.

Salonpas Ae

'Salonpas Ae' comes in a wide range of sizes, from regular to medium, large format and perforated. The main ingredients of Salonpas Ae are as follows.

    【Main ingredients of Salonpas Ae】
  • Methyl salicylate: 6.29g
  • l-menthol: 5.71g
  • Vitamin E acetate: 2.0g
  • dl-camphor: 1.24g

The biggest attraction of Salonpas Ae is that it is not prone to stuffiness and is gentle on the skin. By using a polymer absorbent as a base, absorbs sweat and suppresses skin irritation for a comfortable application.

Salonpas 30

Salonpas 30 is popular for its mild kick. The main ingredients of Salonpas 30 are as follows.

    【Salonpas 30 Main Ingredients】
  • Ethylene glycol salicylate: 5.0g
  • l-menthol: 7.0g
  • Vitamin E acetate: 2.0g
  • Glycyrrhetinic acid: 0.1g

In addition, Salonpas 30 also has a warm feeling type.

    【Salonpas 30 Warm Main Ingredients】
  • Ethylene glycol salicylate: 5.0g
  • l-Menthol: 2.0g
  • Vitamin E acetate: 2.0g
  • Glycyrrhetinic acid: 0.1g
  • Chili extract: 0.45g

Salonpas 30 uses a flexible plaster (adhesive) that is characterized by its gentle adherence to the skin. Active ingredients are rapidly absorbed, improving accumulated muscle fatigue and stiffness.

It is a light fragrance type, and it is a good point that you can go out without worrying about the smell even if it sticks.

La Salonpas

"La Salonpas" has a soft fit and high stretch. The main ingredients of La Salonpas are as follows.

    【La Salonpas main components】
  • Ethylene glycol salicylate: 5.56g
  • l-menthol: 5.56g

It is thin and can stretch and contract in all directions, so it is also recommended for places with a lot of flexion and extension, such as knees and elbows. It fits snugly and doesn't come off easily, so it's also suitable for use on the soles of your feet.

It is comfortable to use and you don't have to worry about the smell, so you can use it anywhere with confidence.


"Salonpas-Hi" is recommended for those who are looking for unobtrusive compression. The main ingredients of Salonpas-Hi are as follows.

    【Salonpas-Hi main ingredients】
  • Ethylene glycol salicylate: 5.56g
  • l-menthol: 7.78g
  • Vanillyl nonanoic acid: 0.01g

Salonpas-Hi is a thin compress using a flesh-toned translucent film. It is inconspicuous even when applied to shoulders and hips, and the smell is suppressed. It can be used with confidence not only when going out, but also in seasons when it is light to wear.

Salonpas EX

"Salonpas EX" is the only second-class drug in the Salonpas series. The main ingredients of Salonpas EX are as follows.

    【Salonpas EX Main Ingredients】
  • Indomethacin: 3.5g
  • l-menthol: 3.5g

In addition, Salonpas EX also has a warm feeling type.

    【Salonpas EX warming main ingredient】
  • Indomethacin: 3.5g
  • l-menthol: 3.5g
  • Chili extract: 0.3g

Salonpas EX is an ointment containing 3.5% indomethacin which has excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. This product is especially recommended for those who have not improved their symptoms with the regular Salonpas series or who want to get rid of shoulder and lower back pain.

The compact size makes it easy to fit on the shoulders, neck and shoulder blades. Salonpas EX is also attractive because of its high potency, but it has a slight smell that you don't mind and it's hard to get a rash.

In addition, there are "Salonpas Roll" that can be applied along the muscles at one time, "Salonpas Lotion" that moisturizes quickly, and "Salonpas Lotion" that can be applied precisely on the muscles. Tsubo Kori Patch” and other various products. Stiffness is for sale. It's always been there.

You can choose products according to pain level and comfort level is also a major feature of the Salonpas series.

Precautions when using Salonpas

Finally, I will explain to you the precautions when using the Salonpas series.

People/parts that should not be used

Salonpas should not be used around the eyes, mucous membranes, eczema, rashes, or around wounds. Use with caution as it may aggravate your symptoms and cause side effects.

In addition to the above, the second class drug salonpas EX is contraindicated on areas with athlete's foot or purulent areas. In addition, people who have allergic symptoms to indomethacin and other ingredients contained in Salonpas EX, asthmatics, and children under the age of 11 should be careful.

People who need to be careful when using

If you have an allergic reaction to any medicine, please consult your doctor, pharmacist or registered distributor before use.

Also, consult your physician before using Salonpas EX if you are undergoing treatment, pregnant or may become pregnant.

If you experience symptoms such as rash, redness, pain or itching while using the Salonpas series, or if you develop a rash on your skin, stop using it immediately and consult a healthcare provider. Let's do it.

Know the ingredients and choose the salonpas that suits you

A sheet of Salonpas, which you can easily obtain in pharmacies and drugstores, to relieve aching stiff shoulders and back pain. Salonpas has a wide range of products, each with different ingredients, ingredient amounts and properties.

If you understand the ingredients of Salonpas and precautions for use, and choose the Salonpas that suits you, it will have a higher effect on pain and stiffness.