Spotlight on homeopathic Arnica

Arnica montana (Arnica) is one of the best-known homeopathic remedies and readily available in many health food stores and pharmacies.   It has undergone numerous successful trials and research studies regarding its effect on bruising and trauma and is now widely used and accepted in every aspect of health and medicine.  It has been known to be suggested by plastic surgeons for reducing bruising after cosmetic surgery. Many people are “converted” to the homeopathic cause after seeing spec­tacular results with this humble herb.

Arnica montana belongs to the Compo­sitae family, in other words it is a rela­tive of the common daisy. Several of this family of plants are used homeopathi­cally and herbally – Calendula, Chamo­milla, Echinacea, Millefolium (yarrow), Solidago (golden rod) and Taraxacum (dandelion). The whole plant is used for the Arnica hom­eopathic remedy.

Arnica montana is most often used and known for as a trauma remedy, here are some common issues that may respond well to arnica:

  • Bruising injuries from falls, blows, bumps etc.
  • May be useful for mild concussion (seek medical attention)
  • Bleeding caused by injuries, black eyes or eye injuries (seek medical attention)
  • May relieve soreness and bruised feeling following childbirth
  • Soreness or bruising after tooth extraction or dental surgery
  • Soreness or bruising after surgery
  • Sprains and strains, including old injuries
  • Musculoskeletal pain from overuse or exercise
  • May be of great benefit in sporting injuries.

Arnica is brilliant for shock – whether from an injury or even from witnessing one. It also may useful for fears or anxiety relating to shock.

The doses and potencies of arnica needed depend very much on the reason for using it and usually repeat doses are required for some time.  Arnica can be taken orally or used topically in a cream to massage into sore, inflamed or bruised areas.

Arnica is an essential first aid remedy, it may be a good idea to become familiar with this amazing, safe remedy and keep it handy.  It is suitable for all ages from birth to the elderly with no side effects.  It can also be given if a person is on medications. 

For many of my clients, Arnica is one of the remedies in Homeoinflam.  If you would like to know more, you can visit the client resources section on my website where you will find more information and how to use it. 

Veronica, your favorite Brisbane homeopath

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to treat or diagnose symptoms.  Homoeopathy is a traditional medicine. Homeopathy may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.

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