Arnica extract is an excellent topical solution for muscles sprains,
strains, stiffness, bruising, swelling and local tenderness. The herb can be used
externally as an ointment or internally as a homeopathic remedy. Arnica also has a long
history of popular usage among Native Americans as a major healing plant.
Clinical research has also shown the effectiveness of arnica. In 1991, a
British study on hospital patients with acute injuries showed that arnica relieved
stiffness in 98% of the patients tested. Arnica may have many preventive benefits as well.
Marathoners sometimes use the arnica extract before they race to improve
their performance and to minimize the pain that can result from muscle sprains or strains,
stiffness, or swelling.
You should not take arnica internally unless it is in the proper dilution.
There are a few people who may be sensitive to the compound helenalin
that is in arnica. If you develop a mild rash, then you probably are one of those people
and should stop using arnica immediately.
Arnica is also known as: Arnica montana, mountain daisy, leopard's bane,
wolf's bane, Mountain tobacco