Arnica

May 2019

Arnica, short for Arnica montana, is a perennial plant found in the mountainous areas of Europe and North America that produces yellow-orange daisy-like flowers. Since the 1500s, the fresh or dried flowers of the arnica plant have been used for medicinal purposes. The arnica plant has anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica has been used for wound healing, inflammation, insect bites, swelling, bruises, sprains, muscle soreness, and muscle spasms often associated with sports activity. Arnica is also used to treat muscular aches, joint pain and arthritis. It is important to note that it’s good for topical use only and should not be applied to open wounds. Arnica is also contraindicated for pregnancy. Surgeons use homeopathic arnica pre and post operation to help with bruising and healing. Arnica accelerates healing by stimulating the white blood cells.