Arnica montana is a perennial that produces yellow/orange flowers similar looking to daisies. The fresh or dried flower heads are the parts used for medicinal purposes. Arnica has been used for a wide range of conditions, including bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, joint pain, inflammation, insect bites, swelling from broken bones & tooth pain.
Arnica has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years & still remains popular today for a variety of remedies. Arnica is widely used today to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, & heal wounds, while also contributing largely to reducing pain. Arnica is also commonly used for injuries, such as sprains, bruises & muscle tears.
It is likely you have sought out a natural remedy for pain management, whether it was for a simple headache or post-surgical pain. It is common that we must be prepared with the side effects of most over-the-counter widely used prescription pain medicines. Arnica is a natural herb that has been used to reduce pain, swelling, & bruising & a great alternative to popular pain medicine. Its wide variety of uses make it a great remedy to keep on-hand in your home.
One of Dr. C’s favorite Arnica supplements: Arnica for Pain
Osteoarthritis & Arnica
Osteoarthritis is a condition where the cartilage protecting the joints has been worn down with time. This is often treated with NSAIDS or other pain relievers. Studies have recently shown that arnica gel appeared to work nearly as well as ibuprofen. The benefits included reducing pain and improving joint function in those suffering from hand osteoarthritis.
Arnica can be used as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or taken orally in a tincture or homeopath. We always recommend consulting with your doctor about determining dosage.