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Arnica – the #1 Trauma and Pain Remedy


Our family went through a lot of Arnica when the kids were young. The first time I used it, my son had fallen out of his high chair, and it would later be useful for a friend’s son who did the same.

When she brought him over, he was screaming in pain and had a large knot on the top of his head. After giving the child Arnica 30c, he immediately stopped crying and began playing with toys. The bump was soon gone and there were no signs of injury, including bruising.

Arnica montana (Leopard’s Bane) comes from a daisy that grows in mountainous areas. The flower has been used since the 16th century to reduce swelling and pain from sprains, fractures, bruises, overexertion, strained and sore muscles.

In homeopathic preparation, Arnica accomplishes the same; only faster and more effectively. Since it lessens pain and stiffness, sports enthusiasts love Arnica. I use it in gel form when my neck gets stiff from too much computer time.

My husband once gave Arnica to a surgeon who had fallen from his roof. The doctor, impressed with how quickly he healed and how much it helped the pain, tried to convince ER to use it, but had no luck.

Arnica is finally, however, in a few hospitals in the U.S.  Even plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills are prescribing Arnica. Taken for 7 days after cosmetic surgery, it reduces swelling and bruising and speeds healing.

Arnica is primarily used for trauma and its effects, but has a wide range of application both internally and topically. There were so many that I listed just a few conditions helped by this remedy.

  • strokes
  • mental shock
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • abscesses
  • back pain
  • black eye
  • whooping-cough
  • insect stings
  • head and other injuries
  • wounds
  • tumors
  • bleeding
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • childbirth (before, during, and after)
  • mental shock
  • taste disorders

As with all homeopathic remedies, the overall picture of the remedy must match the person. It is the best remedy you can take for any trauma – physical or emotional – past or present, and works best when given as soon as possible.

Although it can help to prevent heart attack and stroke, no remedy should be taken daily unless prescribed. It may also interfere with blood thinning medication, so check with your doctorI have used Arnica multiple times (for others) to aid recovery after stroke and to stop a potential heart attack. It can prevent complications – and just might save your life.



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