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Arnica Montana

Sharon Leake


Leopard's Bane, Wolf's Bane or sometimes called Mountain Daisy, Arnica is a very popular remedy amongst bodywork therapists. Arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies used throughout the world. Used by athletes for DOMS and overexertion, recommended by surgeons to alleviate post-operative swelling, bruising & discomfort, and by moms for all of those bumps & bruises our little tots seem to constantly get on the playground.

Arnica cream & Arnica homeopathic tablets are a must have in the medicine cabinet in my home. Clients who have strained muscles always ask me what do I use for myself and my children to facilitate healing and for an alternative to NSAID's. Obviously, there are other remedies in my cabinet as well; but I'll save those for a future post.

Sesquiterpene lactone is the chemical found in Arnica that is known to reduce inflammation, bruising, and alleviate soreness in soft tissues. Topical application stimulates WBC's and draws blood to the applied area to help fight infection and promote healing. Arnica is commonly used for pain, bruising, swelling, sprains, and for post-operative healing.

It is also used as a mouth rinse for swollen or inflamed gums. Indigenous People have taken Arnica internally as a stimulant, diuretic, febrifuge and for angina as well as for coronary artery disease; I DO NOT recommend this. Arnica should not be taken internally (unless as a homeopathic remedy) without your health practitioners guidance, as serious side effects can occur.

Arnica is extremely safe when used as a topical agent and/or homeopathic remedy. A few people may have a sensitivity to helenalin, a compound found in Arnica. If you develop a mild rash after using Arnica lotion/cream, then you are most likely sensitive to helenalin and should stop using it. Arnica should not be used on broken skin or on an open wound.


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