The adulteration (or contamination) of Arnica montana (and related species) is due in large part to
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine that is used worldwide. In the United States, the manufacture of homeopathic drugs is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Homeopathic remedies are made using natural plant, mineral, and animal based substances that have recorded healing properties for specific health conditions. Due to refined production methods that dilute ingredient toxicity, homeopathic medicine is considered one of the safest and gentlest alternative therapies available.
How Does Homeopathy Work?
In the 1800s, Samuel Hahnemann based his homeopathy research on a philosophy called the Law of Similars, otherwise known as “like cures like.” This philosophy became the foundation of standardized homeopathic medicine, supporting the idea that natural substances that would normally cause symptoms or toxicity, actually heal in highly diluted doses.
To prepare a homeopathic tincture, each ingredient is individually diluted through a process called succussion, or vigorous shaking. The amount of succussion will depend on desired potency, or ingredient concentration. This process dilutes much of the original ingredient’s toxicity, smell, and oils (etc.), and leaves behind very minute quantities. These infinitesimal doses are what work with the body to bring forth healing.1
Homeopathic Arnica Montana
An outstanding example of homeopathic medicine is Arnica montana. The arnica flower, while beautiful and fragrant, is also incredibly powerful. Like other homeopathic products, the arnica plant is developed into a mother tincture and potentized (succussed). An Arnica potency can range anywhere from 3X (over the counter minimum) to LM (extremely high dilution). Homeopathic Arnica products are often available in the forms of topical gel, cream, or ointment, as well as oral tablets.
Past and Present Homeopathic Uses
Perhaps you are familiar with homeopathic Arnica bruise ointment. If so, that comes as no surprise: Topical arnica formulated for bruising, minor swelling, and sore muscles is one of the most popular homeopathic products on the market. But Arnica’s present-day popularity is credited to centuries of research and medical trials that have documented numerous uses for Arnica. The following are some examples from studies performed specifically for homeopathic Arnica medicine*:
Arnica for Skin Irritations
In the early 1900s, John Henry Clarke published A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica, which offered a research-based collection of homeopathic ingredients and documented indications (or uses). Clarke notes that Arnica montana may be helpful for the pain and swelling associated with “stings of insects” and “small boils” present on the skin.2
Arnica for Menstrual Cramps
Arnica for Oral Pain
Homeopathic provings support the use of Arnica for tooth pain, gum tenderness, and oral soreness (post dental work).5
Arnica for Arthritis
In recent years, Arnica has made a name for itself as a natural remedy for minor arthritis pain. Research supports its effectiveness against the pain and swelling commonly seen in individuals with osteoarthritis.6
Homeopathic Products are Unique
Homeopathic products – even those with similar ingredients like Arnica – may not be formulated for similar uses, so be sure to verify ingredient indications on product packaging. Furthermore, it’s important to note that alternative therapies are unique, therefore homeopathy is not the same as herbal medicine or others, and often not used in the same ways. Remember to always read and follow label instructions for any medication you take.
*The Arnica uses mentioned in this article are cited from published, research-based resources. The information included is for educational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice, nor does it indicate the intended uses of all Arnica products.
Bruises are a nuisance! Although there is no need for bandages or antibacterial ointment, bruises leave
Origins of arnica
A homeopathic materia medica is a reference guide to homeopathic medicines that describes individual active ingredients
Micro-doses of the plant are used to make homeopathic Arnica.
The Minimum Dose Principle A homeopathic medicine is believed to be more effective when its active
The relief of tired, achy, overused and injured muscles and joints overrides the complexity of how this 200-year-old form of medicine works.