Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Arnica, Arnica Montana
||Leopard's bane, Mountain tobacco
General description and domicile:
This daisy-like plant grows well in the rarified air of Alpine mountains, just
below the snow line. It is very well known in herbal medicine as an ointment or
poultice to treat bruises and sprains.
not ingest the plant as it is potentially very toxic.
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used, harvested in the flowering season.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
This toxic herb was chewed by Alpine mountain climbers to ease the pain of
aching muscles, a practice that was discontinued after some were fatally
Proved by Hahnemann.
How to use these pages:
What follows below is a profile of the homeopathic remedy. This profile must
be compared with the profile of the person to be treated in great detail before
treatment can be commenced. See
How to Use
Arnica people tend to pretend that they are fine even if quite ill. After an
accident or other trauma the patient may be obviously injured but will still
refuse attention or treatment on the grounds that there is nothing wrong at all.
Arnica people are forgetful and absentminded and prefer to be left alone,
especially when ill.
Arnica's usual role is in the treatment of physical injury due to a trauma or
operative procedure, bereavement or other emotional trauma but is also used
bruising, joint pain and fever.
After a shock, physical injury or operation (including dental treatment, the
body feels battered and cannot get comfortable.
After childbirth there may be general discomfort and an aching bruised vagina.
Sore, bruised and/or bleeding gums after trauma or dental treatment.
Fevers that cause heated face and head with cold, damp body and limbs, bad
breath and foul smelling stools, urine and sweat.
Chest tearing coughs
Bad breath, Illness or pain denied, Bruised and/or bleeding, Continuous
Used for treatment of:
Bleeding and blood blisters
Post dental treatment
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
See also our
Herbal page on Arnica.
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