Homoeopathy and Arnica

Name of remedy:

Arnica; also known as Leopards bane and mountain tobacco

Plant family and Latin name: Asteraceae Arnica Montana

Country of origin:

Found in mountainous regions across most of Europe; Latvia, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia, Spanish Pyrenees and Ukraine are amongst the best growing areas due to the elevations and clay type soils.

Background information:

Arnica is from the daisy family, and provides a strong fragrance.  It was in the 16th Century that arnica was used by mountain climbers who discovered the healing properties of this plant.  This remedy has been used through ancient times for its ability to heal injuries such as cuts, bruises and pain.  This is a remedy found in homoeopathic first aid kits for its many and varied beneficial applications.  The plant grows between 7 to 23 inches, bares yellow flowers which appear between May and August in those regions noted above.  Homoeopaths and herbalists around the world recommend arnica for various symptoms and problems; it is an essential remedy for acute and first aid situations.  Arnica is found in different forms; gels, creams and ointments, liquids, pills and tablets are available.  Homoeopaths provide pills, tablets and liquids.

Homoeopathic symptom picture:

The person suitable for this remedy is often miserable, gloomy, fatalistic; with a fear of instant death however they deny the existence of illness even when they are clearly ailing.  The person will try to avoid medical intervention, and not want to be touched.  The person attempts to manage symptoms on their own and this may be due to shock.  Oddly during acute illness the person will grumble the bed feels too hard and they are unable to get comfortable and so causing them to feel restless.  The person will say they have a taste of bad eggs in their mouth, their head feels hot, body cold, and there are swellings with discolouration i.e. bruises.

Better for: lying down, initial movements, cooler temperature, a window slightly ajar but not causing a draft can be helpful, and not being touched.

Worse for: heat, touch and continuous movement/exercise, but also with too much rest.

Areas of applications:

Accidents and surgical; in acute states and where a surgical operation has been conducted.  This surgery can be minor or major and arnica can aid the absorption of blood clots.  Other applications include bleeds from small cuts such as shaving and paper cuts.  Also this remedy is useful for nosebleeds arising from blowing the nose or during fevers and coughing.  Sprains and strains, bruising, splinters, insect stings, typhoid fever, whooping cough, violent coughs, influenza, septic states, inflammation of the veins known as phlebitis.

Arnica is also indicated during pregnancy where the motions of the baby are painful, after birth when there is difficulty to pass urine due to bruising.First aid; for injuries involving bleeding, swelling, sprains, bruising such as black eyes, pain and shock that is of any type. Also indicated are the medical labels of gout, rheumatic pain in joints, osteoarthritis, concussion, inflammation, muscle strain, cramps and over-exertion.Angina, the pain is as though the heart is being squeezed and stitch like pains travel to the left elbow. Eyestrain, blackened/bruised eyes, eczema, varicose ulcers and boils, halitosis and foul breath after jaw injuries, a person recovering from stroke are indicated for this remedy.Anxiety, phobias and fears of open space, being touched and approached by others, children who develop whooping cough and nocturnal enuresis after bad dreams will benefit from this remedy.

Pain type:

There is soreness, aching and feeling of bruises, there is stitching pains in the chest which can catch the breath or sensation of the breath been taken away.

Please note that this information does not replace seeking medical attention or treatment and you are responsible for ensuring your own health and well-being.

Disclaimer: The author has used her best efforts in preparing this information. The information within this post is based on the author’s personal experience, knowledge and opinions and is provided ‘as is’. The author makes no representation or warranties with respect to accuracy or completeness of the content and as such release Deborah Casey, author of this information, from all and any claims arising from the choices that you reader choose and make. · There are a variety of remedy potency and most often the 6X dilution is indicated and which can be given frequently. Deborah’s personal preference is 30X. It is always wise to conduct further reading around the remedies, their potency and how to take them before taking them.

Reference: Coventry, M Guide to Homoeopathy (2000) Caxton Reference

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