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Arnica - Uses and Benefits

Other Names: Arnica montana, Leopard's Bane, Mountain Snuff, Mountain Tobacco, Wolf's Bane, Wolf bane, Leopard's Bane, European Arnica.

The arnica plant has a bright yellow, daisy like flower that blooms around July. The flower of the plant is used medicinally. Arnica flowers are sometimes adulterated with other composite flowers, especially Calendula officinalis, Inula brittanica, Kragapogon pratensis , and Scorzonera humilis .

Arnica is also commonly called leopard's bane. The arnica plant has a bright yellow, daisy-like flower that blooms around July. The plant is used externally for arthritis, burns, ulcers, eczema and acne. It has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities that can reduce pain and swelling, improving wound healing.

Arnica is known to stimulate blood circulation and can raise blood pressure, especially in the coronary arteries. Arnica' usually refers to Arnica montana , a mountain plant used for relief of bruises, stiffness, and muscle soreness in herbal medicine.

Arnica is pain-relieving, counteracts inflammation and reduces swelling and discoloration.

Uses of Arnica Oil:-

Arnica uses include: bruises, black and blue injuries to soft tissues, sprains, strains and sore muscles. External uses for arnica include contusions, edema, swelling, joint problems, rheumatism and hematoma. Arnica should not be used on open wounds or broken skin. Prolonged use of arnica to treat damaged skin may itself cause disorders, including eczema and the formation of pustules on the skin.

Uses of arnica:-

  • Arnica is used topically for a wide range of conditions including bruises, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, acne, superficial phlebitis, rheumatic pain etc.
  • It has also been used as a mouthwash for swollen gums and mouth ulcers.
  • Arnica flowers have been used for reducing the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, muscle or joint problems, swelling of the veins under the skin, and for insect bites.
  • An experienced clinician may recommend arnica as an herbal remedy for senile heart, angina, or coronary artery disease.
  • Homeopathic preparations are also used to treat sore muscles, bruises, and other conditions associated with overexertion or trauma.

Side Effects:

  • Redness or irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly.
  • Severe side effects including heart rhythm changes, high blood pressure and shortness of breath can result if arnica is taken by mouth.
  • Muscle paralysis has also been associated with its use, and ingesting very large oral doses of arnica has even resulted in death.

Handling arnica plants or applying arnica products may result in:

  • Blistering.
  • Irritated skin.
  • Itching.
  • Redness.

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