What is the HPUS?
HPUS stands for the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, the official compendium of information on homeopathic medicines. This document sets the standards for how homeopathic medicines are manufactured, as regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Following HPUS standards establishes the consistency and quality of homeopathic medicines.
HPUS Description of Arnica Montana
Name in Contemporary Use: Arnica montana L
Latin: Doronicum oppositifolium Lam., D. arnica Desf.
English: Mountain Arnica, Leopard’s bane, Mountain tobacco
Biological Classification: Family Compositae (Composite Family)
A perennial herb, with a slender, blackish rhizome 2.5 to 5 cm. long, from which are given off numerous filiform roots. The stem, 25 to 30 cm high, is erect, pubescent, rough, striated, either simple or with one pair of opposite branches. The leaves, 4 to 8 cm. long, are few, entire, sessile, opposite, obovate; the radical ones crowded at the base, the upper smaller than the rest. The heads, 5 to 6.5 cm. wide, are large and solitary at the summit of the stem and lateral branches. The involucre is cylindrical, dull green, with purplish points and hairy. The disk flowers are yellow and numerous, with tubular corolla with five spreading teeth. The ray flowers are about fifteen in number, yellow in color. It flowers in July and August.
Range and habitat:
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.