Arnica Montana is the plant also known as mountain tobacco or leopard’s bane. The plant belongs to the sunflower family, and when fully developed it can be about two feet high. Flowers of arnica are similar to daisies, but they are yellow in color.
There are many beneficial ingredients in this plant, but flavonoids, antioxidants and sesquiterpene lactones are useful for therapeutic purposes. Arnica also possesses essential oil, which main ingredient is thymolol, known to fight against infections. Because of these active components, arnica supplements are used to bring wellness, relieve pains and swelling and stimulate white blood cells. Arnica supplements are also known to relieve the pain from the inside of the body.
Arnica can be found in the forms of tablet and capsules, but also as sprays, gels or other topical products. There are also some tinctures and oils made from this powerful plant. Tablets and capsules are very popular in Germany and France, and there are some hospitals there providing arnica tablets for pain relief of their patients.
Benefits of Arnica
So, as we already stated, this plant is very useful to relieve the pain. Whether it is the injury or sprain of the muscles, arnica can help you. Many trainers and athletes use these supplements for the bruising, swelling and other sport injuries. Arnica tablets may even prevent the stiffness and black and blue marks.
If you experience pain because of the exposure to some extremely cold weather – arnica tablets may also do wonders for you. Surgeons also know that arnica may relieve the pain if used before and after the surgical procedure, and many of them recommend arnica supplements to their patients.
Childbirth pains can also be relieved with arnica supplements, as well as the swelling and pain caused by bursitis.
Other than pain reliever, arnica is also powerful anti-bacterial plant, and as such it can be used to prevent various infections. People with skin prone to acne can benefit from anti-bacterial properties of this plant, because it is proven to ease different conditions of the skin.
Arnica supplements rarely cause any side effects, especially if used according to the recommendation of your doctor and/or licensed homeopathic practitioner. However, long term usage may provoke: stomach problems, vomiting, irregular bowel movements or dizziness, and in some cases hypertension (high blood pressure).
Be extra careful if you already use blood thinners and want to use arnica supplements. Always consult your doctor before the start of the herbal treatment.