Arnica for bruises, does it work?
An interesting excerpt from an article published in Healthline confirms the benefits of both topical and oral Arnica use for bruising.
"Available research suggests that arnica can help reduce bruising. Arnica can be applied to the skin in the form of gels or lotions. It’s often taken in a homeopathic dose by mouth.
Though oral homeopathic arnica is believed to help with bruising, it’s listed as a poisonous plant by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and considered unsafe for oral ingestion.
Homeopathy remedies are so diluted that it’s unlikely poisoning will happen. In homeopathy, there’s a belief that the dilution makes the remedy more effective because of how it works on an atomic level. The FDA hasn’t approved any homeopathy remedies such as arnica, and hasn’t evaluated any remedy for effectiveness or safety.
The scientific name for arnica is Arnica montana. It’s also known as:
- Mountain tobacco
- Leopard’s bane
- Wolf’s bane
- Mountain arnica
The flower of the arnica plant has been used for hundreds of years for its apparent benefits. Traditionally, it’s been used to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising.
Arnica is often used in gel or lotion form. This can be applied topically to the affected area.
Despite the FDA poisonous plant designation, arnica is available as a safer, diluted homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic arnica often comes in the form of pills.
More recently, a
A 2014 review looked at lotion containing less than 10 percent arnica, and the authors concluded that there was insufficient evidence to suggest that these low doses of arnica can help with bruises. More research is needed on the effectiveness of doses higher than 10 percent as well.
Current research indicates that both topical and ingested arnica can reduce bruising. Arnica comes in the following forms:
- pain patches
- tissue salts
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