Scientific name: Arnica Montana

Family: Arnica belongs to the Sunflower family.

Parts Used: Roots and Flowers

Arnica (or Arnica montana) is a perennial herb that can grow to a height of one foot. It has a bright, daisy-like yellow flower heads that bloom around July. The flowers of Arnica are 2 to 3 inches in height. The leaves are bright green; the upper surfaces are toothed and slightly hairy. Arnica’s flowers and roots are widely used in herbal medicine, typically in remedies applied directly to the skin.

Health Benefits of Arnica (Internal uses):

  • Tea made from arnica root resin is use for treating back pains.
  • Arnica is used internally to reduce cholesterol.
  • Arnica tea can promote production of bile.
  • Arnica is used for internal bleeding.
  • Arnica tincture is use in treating throat infections.
  • Arnica is useful as a gargle for mouth and gum infections.

Topical Benefits and Uses of Arnica:

  • Useful when there is head trauma or concussion, it not only helps prevent the bruise from developing; it also eases the ache or soreness.
  • Arnica cream significantly reduces the area of bruising and swelling after plastic surgery.
  • Very effective when the muscles feel sore from overexertion; it is quite popular among athletes because it makes the recovery process from sports injuries and sprains faster.
  • Eliminates micro-organisms and keeps bacteria and pathogenic funguses from multiplying; it can therefore help improve wound healing.
  • Has been used for centuries because of its ability to cure wounds and heal inflammation.
  • Arnica creams is popular for its ability to treat acne.
  • Arnica compress can help relieve abdominal pains.
  • Arnica ointment is used for chapped lips.
  • Used as a hair growing tonic. A hair rinse prepared with arnica extract has been used to treat alopecia.
  • Arnica ointment is important for the prevention and treatment of phlebitis (swelling of the leg veins similar to varicose veins).

Active Components: The active compounds contained in arnica are its volatile oil, carotenoids, flavonoids, and triterpenic alcohol.

Available Forms: Ointment, Tincture, Oil, Pill, Powder, and as a whole dried herb.

Note:

  • It is best not to use arnica on a regular basis as your response to the remedy may diminish. For instance it is not recommended to use it every workout if you regularly exercise. Instead take it with serious injuries or traumatic accidents when it is greatly needed.
  • Arnica Montana should not be confused with Arnica Chamissonis, which is not a medicinal herb, but a decorative one.
  • Arnica should only be taken internally in an extremely diluted form.
  • You should only take arnica internally under the supervision of a qualified homeopathic or allopathic physician.
  • Do not use the undiluted essential oil externally.
  • Patient taking other drugs should not take arnica because it can decrease their effectiveness and increase their toxicity. Consult your doctor if you are planning to use this herb.

Warning: Overdose of arnica extract has resulted in poisoning, with toxic symptoms, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and hemorrhage, even death.

“This post was originally published on January 2, 2012 @21:29”

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