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Arnica for pain relief?

Ok, so your trainer just beat you up at the gym or you stretched your downward-dog a little bit too far in yesterday’s yoga class and now you’re feeling the burn. Instead of reaching for the ibuprofen and Bengay, have you ever tried the topical ointment, Arnica? Arnica, a pain-relief cream that comes from the plant Arnica Montana has been used as a natural remedy for aches, pains, inflammation and bruises for over 500 years. Arnica comes in either a cream or tincture form and it is safe when used topically at the prescribed dosages for short-term use only. Prolonged use has been shown to cause skin irritation. It can be picked up at your local health food store. Talk to your primary care physician about it the next you’re in for a routine visit.

February 11th, 2008

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One Response to “Arnica for pain relief?”

Pedro Gismondi, M.D.
Feb 11th, 2008
4:47 pm

I completely agree with Heather. My personal opinion as a rheumatologist is that patients should look for full strength (or nearly so) preparations, not for homeopathic remedies.
Since the FDA does not recognize Arnica as a pain remedy, I had to use it in my formula as an “inactive ingredient. IT WORKS QUITE WELL.
The best reference is found at PDR FOR HERBAL MEDICINES 4th Edition.
Also the German Commission E monographs.

P.S. Homeopathic Arnica has too many “not effective results” reported in the literature.