Arnica is native to Europe and had been used for centuries. This is not an herb that can be taken internally, but can be used topically to help with bruises, sprains, strains, remove shock and speed up healing. Arnica should not be applied to broken or burned skin.
Arnica is a natural anti-inflammatory readily available without prescription. It is available in convenient forms including liquid, lotion, cream, gel and ointment. One of the most common uses of arnica is the treatment of wounds, bruises, sunburn, and other forms of skin irritation or inflammation.
Applied to your skin it is said to be beneficial to reduce the inflammation and pain caused by muscle sprain and strains. It is also believed to be able to regenerate tissue and is used for treatment of injuries. Arnica is used to promote wound healing and reduce the symptoms of pain, and swelling due to fractures and insect bites. You can dilute it in water and use it as a mouth wash or gargle for sore throat and gum infections, as a rinse for hair loss or as a soothing foot bath. In homeopathy it is used following an accident or shock and is believed to be beneficial in treatment of illness of the circulatory system. Arnica can also be used to treat or relieve symptoms of Arthritis, backache, fibromyalgia, hemorrhoids, headache or migraines,
Like other anti-inflammatory medications, arnica can be dangerous if you have chronic liver or kidney disease. It also carries similar GI side effects including nausea and vomiting. Do not use Arnica on open skin wounds. Long term topical use can result in eczema. Arnica is not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.
Arnica has some powerful side effects that you should discus with your health care provider before you begin using it.