One of homeopathy’s most famous remedies, arnica is just what you need when your body has taken a knock. Whether it is treating pain, healing the body from within, or helping cope with trauma, this super healer delivers in more ways than one.
It’s well worth adding arnica to your first-aid cabinet – for more reasons than one.
Battle bumps and bruises
Arnica is an early-stage remedy for bruises, bumps, contusions, swelling, broken blood vessels, skin discoloration (black and blue), and tissue damage. By improving blood circulation and sending more white blood cells to the injured area, arnica helps you heal and recover faster. It also reduces swelling by pushing along the fluid that tends to build up in the injured area.1
Ease aches and pains
Arnica gel, cream, and tablets are used to ease muscular and joint pain, sprains, and overall soreness from bruising. Many yoga practitioners also use arnica as a natural pain remedy to ease muscular aches and pains that come from intensive exercise. Arnica has anti-inflammatory powers which help improve blood flow to any part of the body that is sore after practice, making it a popular post-asana muscle soother in yogic circles.2Arnica gel or cream can be applied both before and after a yoga session or any other workout.3
Arnica can sort out the aches and pains caused by everyday wear and tear even if you lead a sedentary lifestyle. It reduces the general weariness and weakness that come with aging. Post childbirth aches can also be eased by using arnica massage oil on the muscles of the back and legs.4
Fight post-workout fatigue
If you’re a long-distance runner or an avid marathoner, you know the agony of aches and pains that follow the highs of finishing a run. Arnica massages can reduce the post-run fatigue and ease muscle aches and pains. In one study, arnica gel was applied topically on the muscles of participants after a strenuous downhill run and was found to give considerable relief.5
Recover faster from surgery
Post-surgical use of arnica can help heal wounds and reduce wound irritation. It can even improve your mobility by reducing postoperative pain and hematoma or swelling.6
Arnica is available as gels, tablets, oral drops, ointments, and cream. These homeopathic forms use arnica in a very diluted form, but even in this small quantity it is very effective.
Natural Remedy With A Heart
Arnica’s powers go well beyond physical healing, too. Many experienced homeopathic practitioners swear by its ability to heal deep beyond the muscles and the bones. Some feel arnica can impact you at the emotional level, helping you recover from any type of shock or trauma – even childbirth.7
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|1.||↑||Arnica. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|2.||↑||Barrett, Jennifer. “Sore Muscle Soothers.” Yoga Journal. Jan-Feb 2000.|
|3.||↑||Budig, Kathyrn.The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga: The Essential Guide to Complete Mind/Body Fitness. Rodale. 2012.|
|4.||↑||Walls, Donna. “Herbs and Natural Therapies.” International Journal of Childbirth Education 24, no. 2 (2009).|
|5.||↑||Pumpa, Kate L., Kieran E. Fallon, Alan Bensoussan, and Shona Papalia. “The effects of topical Arnica on performance, pain and muscle damage after intense eccentric exercise.” European journal of sport science 14, no. 3 (2014): 294-300.|
|6.||↑||Iannitti, Tommaso, Julio César Morales-Medina, Paolo Bellavite, Valentina Rottigni, and Beniamino Palmieri. “Effectiveness and safety of Arnica montana in post-surgical setting, pain and inflammation.” American journal of therapeutics 23, no. 1 (2016): e184-e197.|
|7.||↑||Arnica montana. British Homeopathic Association.|