Arnica for what ails you
what is it? Arnica is a homeopathic and herbal medicine from the Arnica montana plant, known for its bright yellow flowers. Native to Europe, arnica is both a homeopathic and herbal medicine— the flower is extracted and processed differently when used homeopathically.
top uses: Homeopathic arnica has a long history of use as a healing remedy. Here’s a quick overview of arnica’s most common health applications ( prevention and/ or treatment of):
Bone fractures Bruises and black eye Rashes, including eczema Pre- and post- surgical healing Shock associated with burns Sore muscles Sprains, strains, and swelling Traumatic injury, all kinds
tidbits: In one study, herbal arnica gel ( not homeopathic) was shown to provide relief of pain and stiffness for mild- to- moderate knee pain when applied twice daily for six weeks.
beauty & personal care: Arnica oil, which makes a great massage oil, soothes achy muscles and tired feet ( try adding to a foot bath). The cheerful yellow flower can also help reduce under- eye puffiness and is therefore added to some eye creams ( try Home Health Goji Berry Eye Cream). And homeopathic pills may help clear up certain types of acne. According to expert Jacquelyn Wilson, MD, DHt, of Escondido, Calif., arnica is excellent for painful acne with a sore, bruised feeling in your skin; a sunken, red face with the feeling of heat on the lips; itchy, burning pimples; or pimples occurring in crops— one heals, a new eruption pops up near it.
supplement options & dosages: FOR TOPICAL USES: Look for arnica gel, cream, oil, or ointment, either as a homeopathic preparation or as pure arnica extract ( herbalbased). Rub on sites that are not bleeding ( e. g., sprains, burns, swollen areas, and cuts that have scarred and healed). FOR PILLS: Let 3– 5 pellets ( 30x or 30c dilution) dissolve under your tongue; repeat 3– 4 times a day between meals until symptoms are resolved.
cautions: Never apply arnica to an open wound or broken skin— it can be toxic if it gets into the body. Similarly, homeopathic pellets are the only safe way to take arnica internally ( avoid ingesting the remedy in any other form). Stop using arnica if you develop a rash, which indicates a possible sensitivity to a compound in the flower ( helenalin).
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