Arnica: A Homeopathic Remedy

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Arnica is a homeopathic remedy used primarily for bruising and for shock, found in cream and tablet form but it can aid a whole host of other complaints.

Arnica comes from a perennial herb named the Arnica Montana (from the family Compositae) and is not unsimilar in appearance to a marigold or a yellow daisy. This plant is common around cool, moist meadows located upland and can be found throughout Europe, Northern Asia, parts of South America and parts of the United States.

Below is a list of issues arnica can help but they are specific, so a description of each symptom (where necessary) is included. If, for example, you have a cough that is not whooping, then arnica may not be necessary in that issue.


Some specific injuries and general injuries that arnica may benefit include:

Broken bones – with bruising and/or swelling when given as soon as possible after the injury has occurred, arnica will benefit the body’s recovery

Bruises – along with swelling and without discolouration (or rather, before discolouration). It is highly beneficial with all bruising but especially in this instance, as arnica controls bleeding both internally and externally, speeding the healing process. It is most advantageous in the early stages, before the bruise has had time to discolour. This can be especially helpful for bruising occurring after childbirth as well

Eye injuries – bruising to eyeball itself and the area around eye – as with bruising, give before discolouration

Head injuries – any fall or bang to the head will benefit from arnica (please always take person to a doctor or emergency room if they passed out or there is bleeding, as head injuries can have a delayed symptoms in some serious cases – never take risks with head injuries)

General injuries – this applies to any cuts/wounds that are accompanied with bruising, where the pain is sore and/or bruised. It equally applies to injuries to soft tissues such as muscles that have accompanying swelling/bruising

Nosebleeds – when resulting from injuries, arnica can reduce/stop them

Sprains – of wrist, ankle or foot, with bruising and/or swelling. Best given in the early/first stages of injury to reduce swelling and speed up healing

Strains – wherein pain in sore and bruised feeling – this is usually linked with over exertion and/or childbirth. Strained muscles can result in over-doing it with exercise or unexpected physical exertion and/or childbirth and tend not to be improved from moving these muscles (unlike simply stiff muscles). Jetlag can also produce this feeling and arnica is beneficial in this instances as well

Other issues arnica benefits

Bleeding gums – generally after some form of dental treatment. Arnica given in this case will reduce/stop bleeding and reduce the symptoms of shock (if there are any) and will ease the pain

Blood blisters – where this has been caused by an injury or blow, arnica can reduce and ease soreness

Boils – where they are small and/or sore. A small course of arnica can clear up this occurrence

Cough – whooping, where eyes may be bloodshot and is accompanied by a pain in the chest which feels sore/bruised. May also be accompanied by nosebleeds. Most often occurring in children

Joint pain – where pain feels sore/bruised and is worse when touched – such as rheumatism. Arnica may be useful in both cream and pill form here

Toothache – when occurs after a filling (or a concussion)

As with all homeopathic remedies, it is a good idea to confer with a specialist, with a professional homeopath who can take any conventional medications into account but arnica is one of the few all round remedies that can be taken by anyone.

Arnica is a wonderful remedy that should be in everyone’s first aid kit, whether conventional or alternative medicine dominates. It will not interfere with conventional medicines and is excellent in cases of shock, bruising, swelling and bleeding. It also prevents pus formation, keeping wounds clean. Arnica should be used first in any emergency that involves trauma and/or shock and is very beneficial after childbirth or after an operation.

When someone is in need of arnica they will not want to be touched or in any way jarred, they may be dazed and possibly bleeding and/or bruised. The majority of people simply think of arnica in the form of a cream that will help their child’s bruising but it is much more than this. It is a very good all-rounder that can be used by anyone.

If you are interested in homeopathy, why not read my articles on Samuel Hahnemann and on Sepia.


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