Arnica for Shock & Soreness
Though we all need Arnica sometimes, a few mental clues underline its importance in certain applications. In cases of shock, physical or mental, Arnica is most important for patients who say, "No, I'm fine, don't touch me, I don't need a doctor," even when it is obvious they need help. Another indicator is when the whole body feels oversensitive, sore/bruised and does not want to be touched. Arnica can also help when injury or shock lead to nightmares and worry. The other key contender for shock, Aconite, is critical when shock brings on intense fear, anxiety and cries for help.
In short, Arnica is so important in minimizing trauma, especially in soft tissues, it needs to be available 24-7. We cannot underestimate its importance for everyone, pets included, and are pleased that it is finding its way into everyday care around the world.
Key Notes & Uses
Anxiety & Shock
Minimizes trauma old and new. In shock, person repels touch, help.
Bruising, bleeding, trauma, pain and swelling after injuries, blows, dental work, surgery, childbirth, etc. Backache, joint & muscle pain from strain or exercise.
Better lying with head low. Worse for touch, jarring, exertion.
In My Opinion...
Professionals speak out on Arnica and Childbirth
A Doctor's Arnica Story
- In her book, Homeopathy for Pregnancy & Childbirth, Rosemary Tayler suggests the mother take a dose of Arnica 200C when the water breaks, "for fatigue during the last stages of labor and for the prevention of bruising during birth. It also minimizes cervical swelling... lessens the possibility of hemorrhage. The remedy may be repeated in liquid doses if bleeding is excessive." for Caesarians she suggests Arnica 200C, because "it will minimize shock, trauma, pain, bruising, infection and hemorrhage."
- Midwife MJ Hanafin, who has delivered more than 6,000 babies and taught many midwives to deliver babies holistically, touts Arnica frequently in her teaching manuals. "No woman or baby should be without the trauma minimizing support of Arnica during childbirth..."
- In her book, Homeopathy for Pregnancy through Baby's First Year, homeopathic doctor Miranda Castro suggests Arnica for labor as it "helps the muscles to do their work and minimizes physical stress and strain on soft tissues."
I was both the doctor and patient when I found myself involved in a surf accident. One that pit me against my board.
While finishing riding a wave, I was struck by my board. It somehow managed to fly back and whack me under my chin. Suddenly, I was feeling the crunching of teeth and enamel floating around in my mouth. I used my tongue to assess the damage and I was frightened to feel nothing but jagged edges and loose teeth. I called my dentist after I reached shore, spitting blood the whole way (no, this is not a shark story), and was able to go in right away. I stopped at home first for the one and only thing I could think of that might help my scenario. I prescribed myself Arnica 200C.
After examination and urgent procedures to stabalize my mouth, I went off to the endodontist for an x-ray of my jaw. Meanwhile, I dosed with Arnica again. The x-ray was conclusive that my jaw wasn't broken however the joint capsules on both sides of my jaw were ruptured. Ultimately, I was left with the following diagnosis and outcome. A total of 6 capped teeth, 4 root canals, and after nearly
6 months and $14,000, I was finally done.
The amazing story behind this story was that I continued to dose with Arnica 200C four-times-daily for 2 days after the accident as well as before and after each root canal procedure. Miraculously, I never felt any pain higher than a 3 on the 1-10 scale! If you would have told me that I would sustain a small laceration in my chin (from the board), 2-sheared teeth, 1-exposed pulp, 2 broken TMJ capsules, 4 root canals and my pain tolerance would never register greater than a 3, well I'd have to tell you that you were crazy. However, on those days, it was true! Simply amazing! Simply Arnica!
Dr. Peter Wannigman, ND, RPh
Posted on 12 May 2009
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