This premier first aid remedy has won many hearts to homeopathy by minimizing bruising, bleeding, swelling, shock and pain. It also speeds recovery following strains, injuries, dental work, surgery, childbirth, intense exercise and many other challenges to our muscular tissue. Even without bruising or obvious signs of injury after trauma, Arnica can relieve the aftershock, soreness and pain that follows. Here are some of the reasons this remedy is used so often, and so effectively.
Whenever backs are lifting and joints are twisting, Arnica can minimize the swelling, bruising and pain. In homeopath Asa Hershoff's book on Musculoskeletal Healing, his perfect formula for sprains begins with Arnica to reduce swelling, bruising and trauma.
Arnica given in the first stages of injury can minimize the swelling and get a patient into the final cast much sooner. Once the bone is well set, low doses of Symphytum should take Arnica's place.
On the skin and soft tissues everywhere, Arnica can help the body reduce bruising and swelling, minimize bleeding of cuts and ease tender sore spots like boils, acne or blood blisters.
For aches and muscles, Arnica can bring much comfort when a strong cough has the ribcage feeling sore, or a flu leaves muscles aching. A dose before and after a workout can minimize the next days stiffness and help the muscles recover.
Did You Know?
As folklore tells it, humans learned the value of Arnica when mountain goats would clamber to find an Arnica plant after falling or stumbling. Locals began to apply it herbally for bruises, mostly in external
salves or steeped in teas. Thus its German name, Fallkraut or Fall herb.
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