What is arnica?
Arnica, also known as ‘mountain daisy,’ is an herb primarily found in Siberia and Central Europe but known throughout the world for its therapeutic benefits in pain management. Though some medical experts argue to conduct more scientific research to prove its benefits, it is mainly used as homeopathic medicine for centuries.
Arnica has a reputation for healing the following types of pains:
- Muscle soreness due to exercise.
- Joint pain and swelling
- Aching due to sore throat
- Pain after surgery
Effectiveness of arnica: evidence from research findings
Several studies have concluded that arnica is effective in treating pain related to surgery, inflammation, and bruising. But, some studies have also found that it is not as effective as it is thought. Let’s have a look.
Researchers have found a positive impact of homeopathic arnica in treating facial bruising in a 2006 study. A double-blinded study, published in the British Journal of Dermatology also supported the fact that arnica is effective in alleviating bruise.
An article published in the Alternative and Complementary Therapies (April 2018) concluded that,
Combination of arnica oil massage, acupuncture, and ultrasound are responsible for the drastic decrease in pain.
A 2020 study found arnica to be very effective in treating tooth extraction related pain.
A 2017 research claims that arnica is rich in antibacterial, antitumor, antioxidant, anti‐inflammatory, antifungal, and immunomodulatory properties. Their conclusion also matches the conclusion of the study published in the American Journal of Therapeutics (February 2016), where researchers claimed to find arnica highly effective in treating post-traumatic and postoperative pain, edema, and ecchymosis.
Though some research findings claim arnica might have low or even negative impacts on treating certain types of pains. More and more studies are conducted these days and support thousand yearlong claims of therapeutic benefits of arnica in pain management.
How to use arnica for the best result?
Traditionally arnica is used as gel and oil. Though experts suggest not using pure arnica gel or oil, some argue it should not be taken orally.
Arnica is found to produce the best result when infused with essential oils, like eucalyptus, ginger oil, lavender, and basil, etc.
Below is a step by step guide on how you should use arnica enriched product on the skin:
- Take some gel with your fingertips.
- Gently rub it into the area of pain.
- Rub until the gel is fully dissolved to the skin.
- If you feel necessary, then take some more gel and repeat the process.
- Continue the process 2 or 3 times a day for 3 weeks. If you don’t see any improvement in your condition, please consult with a physician for more effective medication.
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