The History of Vietnam Golden Star Balm

Vietnam Golden Star Balm

What is the Vietnam Golden Star Balm

Vietnam Golden Star Balm or Cao Sao Vang is a popular medicated balm of Vietnam. It is very useful to relieve colds, headache, runny nose, flu, dizziness, motion sickness, rheumatism, migraines, aching joints. The material of the balsam is natural essential oils derived from eucalyptus, peppermint, clove, cinnamon.

The History of Vietnam Golden Star Balm

During the war against France and the years after 1954, Vietnam has the only common medicated balm, called White Tiger Balm. After 1954, North Vietnam started to rebuild the health care system. The state-owned pharmaceutical companies have been encouraged and accelerated the production of medicines from the traditional medicinal ingredients which are available in the country.

Being a well-known product, Golden Star Balm was one of the products that have been researched into mass production. Research and production at that time were not easy. Until about 1968-1969, after such a long period of research and development. Golden Star Balm has been produced in large quantities. The product is considered stable in quality with durability under various weather conditions, with the trade name in Vietnamese was Cao Sao Vang

After launching the product, Golden Star Balm was widely used in northern Vietnam. With the warm effect, many Vietnamese people on business trips to the Eastern European country took along this balm to use or to present as a gift. Hence, the Golden Star Balm has been known by many Eastern European people.


After 1975, Vietnam and the Soviet Union increased trading activities. Cao Sao Vang was one of the famous items exported to the Soviet Union. Every year, about 10-20 million boxes have been exported.

Unfortunately, the export period to the Soviet Union has ended, leading the consumption of the Gold Star Balm to decrease. Also, there were many pharmaceutical companies produce Cao Sao Vang, however, only a few firms keep stable quantity.

Until the period of 2013-2017, Golden Star Balm is referred to as a good product to sell on the international B&C or C&C market. It could be found easily on eBay, Amazon, Aliexpress, or some of the e-commerce websites like

A few tips to use Vietnam Golden Star Balm

Cao Sao Vang is very useful for colds, dry cough, hard breath, rheumatism, migraines, aching joints.

  • If you have a headache: seasickness during the trip, you can rub a very small amount of balm below the nose, on the forehead, and neck. After using, please clean your hands before touching your eyes (may burn much).
  • A hard breath: In the boiling water, add a bit of balm, and you can make better inhalation when breathing.
  • A dry cough: In the case of no inflammation, use a small amount to rub on the neck and sole of the foot. Keep warm with socks for a few hours. Try not to use too much and too many times.
  • Insect Bite: To prevent insect bites (mosquito, ant..) you can use the small amount to rub on your hand and your legs. The scent of balm will keep bugs away. If you are stung by the ant or mosquito, use litter amount to rub on the place which insect bites. It will relieve you from the itching

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