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Information on Arnica including the benefits and uses of using Arnica. Your Health are located in Australia are a group of alternative / holistic doctors and use Arnica as part of a holistic approach to health.
Botanical name

Arnica montana


Arnica is used as a topical herbal preparation as well as a homeopathic remedy. As a herbal remedy for use externally, arnica is a counter-irritant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-rheumatic, anti-neuralgic and anti-oedema medicine.

Conditions commonly used for

Most commonly available as a cream or ointment, arnica is used for bruises, sprains and strains, muscle aches, leg and joint aches, rheumatic pain, inflammation from sports injuries, hematomas, contusions and fracture-related oedema. Considered by herbalists as one of the primary first aid remedies, arnica is never taken internally, unless it is a homoeopathic preparation. Homoeopathic preparations are used for similar conditions, as well as pre and post surgery to prevent swelling and other side-effects.

Common dosage range

Creams and ointments use 20% to 25% tincture in a water or lanolin base, or a maximum of 15% arnica oil made from 1 part arnica and 5 parts vegetable oil.

Arnica is also available as a homeopathic remedy. Dosage instructions on the product label should be followed or, most appropriately, a homeopath should be consulted.

Cautions, Contraindications and Side Effects

  • As a herb, arnica should not be taken internally.
  • Avoid topical use of arnica on broken skin, as in the case of leg ulcers.
  • Homeopathic doses are very dilute and considered safe when used in accordance with instructions.
  • Use of arnica is best avoided in people with allergy or hypersensitivity to the daisy (Asteracea) family.
Links & Other Information

It is not within the scope of the YourHealth website to provide comprehensive information on documented or potential herb-drug interactions. Please seek the advice of your healthcare practitioner.

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