A Bit About Arnica Cream

Using arnica for bruises, muscle pain, and even high fever has been well documented since the 1500s. Arnica has been used by native peoples in North America and Europe. Although the effectiveness of such treatment is largely anecdotal in nature it does speak to the power of this potent member of the daisy family. More and more studies are providing evidence that there is good reason for the popularity of arnica cream use in modern times.

An article published in the journal “Ultrasonics”,  by researchers from the University of Maryland Medical Center in May of 2009 reported that mice who had arnica cream applied to their skin showed decreased inflammation when compared to the control group mice that didn’t. A more recent study published by researchers at Northwestern University Ill. in the “British Journal of Dermatology” in April of 2010 stated that intentionally bruised patients showed a significant improvement in their condition due to the use of arnica. They said the effects were equal other known effective substances (vitamin K, retinol etc.).

Arnica cream is a topical that is typically made from arnica montana because it contains helenalin and thymol derivatives, important ingredients in anti-inflammatory preparations.

Arnica cream uses are widespread. Used on everything from middle back pain associated with to much time spent at the computer, to crows feet and arnica montana bruise cream, used by many pro athletes. Arnica cream may also be used on, sprains, muscle aches, wound healing, acne, inflammation from insect bites, swelling, rheumatic pain and superficial phlebitis. Homeopathic uses for arnica include tablets and injections.

Side effects for the use of arnica can include serious skin irritation if used topically without proper preparation and arnica in its undiluted form is poisonous if swallowed. Arnica cream side effects are easily avoided through careful use and following product instructions, the same goes if taking arnica internally. Consult your doctor if you have any doubt.

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