As with any OTC medication, the body’s response time to homeopathic arnica will vary from person to person. Some may feel the effects of arnica immediately following their first dose, and for others it may take a few days or a few doses before they notice anything at all. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you use arnica products.
Using Topical Arnica Products
Topical arnica is best suited for local applications, where bruising or minor pain and swelling is isolated to a specific area of the body. Applying it directly to the area of concern will deliver the best results.
Using Oral Arnica Products
If you are experiencing more widespread pain from joint and muscle soreness, muscle stiffness, or fatigue, oral arnica is the best option. This delivery method allows it to help multiple areas of the body at once.
Consider Arnica Potency
As you try arnica products and determine which are most helpful for your needs, you can also consider homeopathic potency. For example, you may find topical arnica products that contain arnica in a 2X or 6X, whereas oral arnica tablets may be formulated in a higher 30X potency. Since higher potencies are known to have more powerful properties, these could potentially have quicker rates of effectiveness. Learn more about potencies.
Listen to Your Body
Most importantly, pay close attention to your body and follow the directions for each product you try. As a rule of thumb, if you use an arnica product for a week (7 days) and do not see an improvement in symptoms, stop use and see your doctor.
Get to know a little more about arnica products and how they work in this FAQ article.