Mountain arnica is an excellent natural remedy against different types of pain. What are its therapeutic properties and how to use it?
Mountain arnica is a herbaceous plant which grows spontaneously in meadows. It is widespread in Europe and in America. Spotting it is really easy, thanks to its yellow petal flowers. It has been known for centuries for its medicinal properties, ideal for treating bruises, joint pain and wounds.
Herbal medicine experts use arnica to produce ointments, gels and supplements. Let’s learn something about all its properties and how to use it.
Arnica: therapeutic properties
Arnica has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it is very effective to cure different types of wound, such as contusions, bruises, sprains, hematomas, pulled muscles, joint effusions and phlebitis. It is also useful to soothe bone fracture pains and rheumatic pain. In addition, arnica has antiseptic properties.
It is better to use arnica cream or gel for trauma pain, applying it on the sore area several times a day. If you are experiencing widespread joint or muscle pains, you can buy supplements in tablets at the pharmacy. In this case, your doctor will determin the right dosage, according to the severity of the problem.
Arnica herbal infusions and teas are really efficient. You can buy the plant fresh flowers at the herbalist’s shop.
Arnica: side effects
As for all natural remedies, arnica may have side effects. First of all, do not use it if you are pregnant or you are breastfeeding, especially if you want to take tablets or herbal teas. If you suffer from high blood pressure, you should use arnica with caution, because it might further increase your pressure and your heartbeat.
Tablets, herbal infusions and teas are not recommended if you suffer from intestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcers. Moreover, you should not applied the arnica ointment on open wounds and irritated skin. Besides, the plant may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
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Nicoletta Chiara Romano