Herbs > Arnica (Botanical Name: Amica Montana)
Also known as leopard' Bane, Woolf bane or mountain bane.
By Greg Blain N.D.
As a Naturopath, I've been prescribing Arnica
externally for over seventeen years.
Arnica is renowned for its use in aiding the rapid recovery from bruising, inflammation, haemorrhage and muscle strain or fatigue.
The effectiveness of Arnica may be the result of a
property which stimulates the blood flow to the area
of skin where the herb is applied. This will increase
the rate of healing and reduce the pain and swelling
associated with muscle strains and bruises.
A bruise is an injury that involves the rupture of
small blood vessels causing discolouration of
underlying tissues without a break in the skin.
During the healing process, Arnica fades this
Old injuries that are aggravated from time to time,
muscular rheurmatism and sports injuries may also be
relieved by the application of Arnica ointment or
cream. Massage gently into the affected area. For
maximum healing effect, wrap or cover the injured
area in plastic cling wrap and leave overnight.
Arnica is a perennial herb that is generally found in
Europe (except Great Britain), the northern part of
the U.S.A and Canada. It is also grown commercially
in northern India.
Medicinal parts used are the flowers and the
rootstock. It is the golden yellow flower heads that
are mostly used to obtain the main ingredients; a
volatile oil and a bitter glycoside called arnicin.
It is important to note that Arnica is mainly
recommended as an external application on the skin in
the form of an ointment or cream. It should NOT be
applied to broken skin, i.e. open sores, cuts or
blisters. Arnica may be taken internally only if it
is in suitable homoeopathic dilutions.
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