Botanical Name: Arnica montana
Common Names: Mountain tobacco, leopard's bane, wolf's bane, mountain arnica
TRADITIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARNICA
Stimulates circulation, Antiphlogistic, Anti-inflammatory, Bactericidal, Mild analgesic activity, Immune enhancing, Anticoagulant, Topical counter-irritant.
WHAT IS ARNICA USED FOR?
Arnica is used internally or externally for musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains, bruises, rheumatism, varicose veins and sore muscles. Internally, it is used for angina and trauma to tissues as well as mental trauma. Some of the chemical constituents are essential oils and flavonoids.
Arnica may be toxic when used externally on open wounds or for long periods of time. The side effects include edematous dermatitis with pustules, eczema and even necrosis with long term use in high concentrations. The side effects seen with excess internal use are gastrointestinal inflammation, shortness of breath or cardiac arrest. Toxicity from internal use can cause damage to the liver, kidneys and heart. It is also contraindicated during pregnancy.
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