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The most common herbal remedy used for muscle trauma is Arnica montana. Also known as leopard’s bane (wolf’s bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica), Arnica is a European flowering plant prevalent from southern Iberia to southern Scandinavia. Arnica montana is a perennial herb used to prepare homeopathic remedies that are applied directly to the skin, such as a gel, cream, or ointment.
If you feel bruised as if you slept on a very hard bed, are physically restless, irritable, fatigued and depressed, have poor concentration and forgetfulness, as well as nightmares and a morbid imagination, then Arnica montana may be a remedy fit. It is especially useful when an accident or other traumatic event may have caused the onset of fibromyalgia.
Arnica works by improving circulation and reducing both the emotional and physical trauma in the muscles; such as shock and bodily injury. Common uses of Arnica are for the treatment of wounds, bruises, sunburns, and other forms of skin irritation or inflammation. Arnica gel is also known as a means of relieving muscle soreness and sprain-related pain. Simply apply Arnica cream to the parts of the body feeling sore or bruised; for example, to treat the tender spots of fibromyalgia. As an emergency or first aid remedy, Arnica is usually given following an accident, surgery, bereavement, childbirth, or dental treatment. It can also be used for joint pain, fever, and some skin problems.
When used topically in a gel at 50% concentration, Arnica montana was found to have the same effect when compared to a 5% ibuprofen gel for treating the symptoms of hand osteoarthritis. Research suggests that Arnica may be useful in treating the following health problems:
2) Post-Surgery Swelling
3) Post-Surgery Pain
4) Muscle Soreness
As a homeopathic remedy, Arnica can also be taken internally, in pellet form, to work more deeply on the traumatized muscles, just follow dosages recommended on the bottle or by a professional.
Arnica should only be taken internally when in the form of a homeopathic dilution. While arnica can be toxic when ingested, homeopathic arnica contains too small amount of the herb to cause adverse effects. Also, in some cases, topical use of arnica can cause skin irritation, itching, blisters, and other allergy-related problems. Be careful not to use arnica on broken skin.
All statements here are not claims to cure or treat any disease, provide any health benefit, and are for educational and thoughtful purposes only. If you need medical advice, please seek a qualified health care provider.