What is Arnica? And why you should use Arnica for Healing –
Why should you use arnica for healing? Let’s first discuss Arnica and what it is. Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). The Arnica plant produces yellow-orange daisy-like flowers in the mountainous areas of Europe and North America. It is a perennial plant and grows to be 1-2 feet tall. Since the as early as the 1500s, the flowers of the arnica plant have been used for medical purposes.
Arnica is often used in topical products such as gels and ointments for arthritis symptoms of the hand and knee. It is also believed that arnica can be utilized to help ease muscle and joint pain.
You should never eat the flowers outright however, as they can be toxic to the liver as well as fatal. The exception to this is heavily diluted arnica often found in oral supplements. These are safe do to the low dosage, and can be consumed for various types of pain.
Arnica Dose & Instructions for Use
Homeopathic treatments are usually individualized based on the specific symptoms of the patient. Typically, either 5C or 30C potency tablets to be taken beneath the tongue three times a day. Doses can be taken for 24 hours or up to six months.
For topical treatment of conditions such as osteoarthritis, it is suggested that you should use an arnica gel product with a 50 gram/100 gram ratio and rub it into the affected joints two to three times daily for 3 weeks.
Full list of arnica uses:
Arnica is used for…
- Muscle soreness
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle Aches
- Joint Pain
Arnica is also often associated with sports activity. What truly separates Arnica from other plant compounds is the fact that it exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Arnica has also been used for wound healing, superficial phlebitis, inflammation caused by insect bites, and swelling caused by broken bones.
At Quanta, we use Arnica in our patented muscle rub. For a full list of ingredients check out this image.