Information on Arnica

Latin NameArnica montana, others
Other NamesLeopard's bane
Part UsedRhizome, Flowers
Herb FormsTinctures, oils, creams, homeopathic tablets.
AffectsIntegumentary system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsFor external use only. Do not use on open wounds.
Botanical InfoAn aromatic perennial plant of the high mountains with opposite leaves and yellow flowers.
DescriptionArnica is mostly used for external purposes in the form of oil or diluted tincture (although it is used internally in homeopathic form) for bruises, muscle or tendon strains or sprains, and stubborn inflammation when the skin is not broken. The highly diluted tincture is also used as a gargle for sore throats. The homeopathic tablets are taken for shock or trauma to body tissues or after an accident.
Further cautions: many people will develop irritation and inflammation using arnica on open wounds; for trauma and shock, to alleviate symptoms such as lightheadedness or dizziness, take arnica internally only in homeopathic dilutions of 6x or higher or commercially available herbal combinations with highly diluted arnica tincture.

Arnica has a taste of ACRID and a temperature of HOT.


TinctureExternal use
Homeopathic preparationInternal use

Ailments Treated by Arnica

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Muscles, soreanti-inflammatory, anti-traumaticoil, externally
Neuritisanti-inflammatoryoil externally
Phlebitisanti-inflammatorytea as compress or cream externally
Sprainsanti-inflammatory, antitraumaticoil, tincture, tablets as directed


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