What is Arnica Montana?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
It is a Latin name for a perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with bright, yellow daisy-like flowers that appear in July and august. It is found on the moist, grassy upland meadows in the hills and mountains of northern and central Europe and Siberia. It is also found sparsely in the northwestern United States.
Most common names for Arnica are Mountain daisy, Leopard’s bane, and Mountain tobacco. Arnica is toxic when ingested full, but it can be used as ointment, gel or cream on the unbroken skin or taken internally when it is diluted homeopathically.
It is rich in inulin, a compound between sugar and starch that the plants store in their underground organs as a source of energy. It is used as a natural sweetener for diabetics. It contains selenium and arnica ash which is rich in manganese and both are powerful anti-oxidants in the human body and in addition manganese is an essential element needed for healthy bones, wound-healing, and the meta¬bolism of proteins, cholesterol and carbohydrates.
Generations of Swiss mountain guides chewed arnica leaves to prevent fatigue induced by climbing.
It is called as Mountain tobacco because its dried leaves were used as a substitute for tobacco. It is known as snuff plant as its dried flowers promote sneezing. Its flowers are used as a compress for sprains and bruises. The bright yellow flowers glisten in the sunshine and can resemble the eyes of a wolf from a distance, hence called as Wolfesgelega, wolf’s eye in German. It is called as Leopard’s bane because of its wild beauty and elegance, and independent spirit. Its root contains essential oils which are powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
Samuel Hahnemann first potentized Arnica montana, recognizing its powerful actions and its potential toxicity. In homeopathy today it is used both herbally in the forms of creams and tinctures as well as in the potentized form.
Store Arnica Montana at room temperature between 20 C ? to 25 C ?. Arnica speeds up the healing process, prompting your body to send white blood cells to clean up and repair the bruise. Hence it is a remedy to heal bruises faster.
Arnica is a natural pain reliever that doesn’t just mask the pain but it actually stimulates your body’s healing processes. Arnica is especially recommended for pain that derives from trauma or inflammation.
Some doctors and homeopaths recommend that Arnica can be used for the treatment of childbirth, headaches, shock, burns, scars, acne, insect bites, mental burnout, tinnitus, and jet lag. In homeopathy, the course of treatment depends on the individual patient so, for best results, schedule a one-on-one consultation.