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Arnica as a Natural Alternative to NSAIDs
The body’s natural response to injury is to swell up, sending increased blood flow to the area with plenty of white blood cells to start repairing the damage. You will notice the injured area becomes enlarged and tender. It may also appear red and feel warm to the touch. Swelling is part of your body’s healing process, but it can also be painful.1
Many people take over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen, to help reduce swelling and ease pain. However, these painkillers, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduce the symptoms of swelling without addressing the underlying causes. Homeopathic Arnica montana offers an alternative, holistic remedy for minor swelling, while actually stimulating the body’s healing process.
How Does Arnica Reduce Swelling?
Arnica can ease swelling and related pain from many common minor injuries, from children’s bumps and bruises to athletes’ sore muscles. In conjunction with appropriate medical care, it can aid recovery from other injuries such as strains. Multiple studies have shown Arnica to be an effective treatment in reducing the pain and stiffness of minor arthritis.23 Many doctors and homeopaths recommend the use of Arnica before and after surgery to reduce swelling, in particular, the unsightly swelling that follows cosmetic surgery.4
How to Use Arnica for Swelling
Arnica is your go-to natural medicine for all minor injuries that get swollen and painful. For best results, use Arnica as soon as possible after you’re hurt. It’s a good idea to keep Arnica remedies on hand in your medicine cabinet, or even your purse or glove compartment, so you’re ready to jump start the healing process.
Generally, a topical form of Arnica like a cream or gel will provide relief for mild injuries—for example, a bruise from a playground tumble. Just keep in mind that you shouldn’t apply Arnica to broken skin. For injuries that require medical care—like a sprained ankle—you can reduce pain and enhance your recovery if you take homeopathic Arnica as a supplemental therapy, in pill or tablet form.* Often, a few doses are all you need to stimulate the body’s healing process.5
*Always follow essential first aid procedures, including timely medical care for serious injuries. In addition to using Arnica, you can reduce swelling and speed up your recovery by following the four steps that you can remember with the acronym RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Take care of yourself and let nature’s anti-swelling medicine help you heal!
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