Arnica Montana (mountain arnica) is commonly known as leopard’s bane, mountain Daisy, and mountain tobacco. It belongs to the Compositae family.
Arnica Montana is one of the top listed medicines to relieve muscle aches and bruises and is used by many athletes to soothe sore muscles.
Arnica is an important remedy, as it helps to recover minor injuries, provides prophylactic treatment, and should be present in every domestic first aid kit.
Arnica is suited to the plethoric red-faced person, disposed to cerebral congestion, and those who are very sensitive to mechanical injuries.
The patients feel after an injury its effect will remain for a long time. It is suitable for the person who becomes sick while traveling on a train or a ship.
Arnica is a great polychrest remedy and is indicated to the person who has a sore, lame, and bruised feeling all over the body as if beaten.
Arnica is a very important remedy for mechanical injuries, shocks, bruises, injuries of joints, injury of the back with lameness, and soreness.
Arnica is an effective medicine in treating gout, especially the chronic or old cases of gout. There is soreness of joints with great sensitiveness, the patient doesn’t want to be touched or approached.
This medicine is also effective in erysipelatous inflammation which means the infection is caused due to skin injuries. There is a tendency to boil one after another in Arnica patients.
Arnica can be used to control bleeding in case of hemorrhages by dilatation and rupturing of small blood vessels.
The external application of Arnica on the scalp promotes hair growth and is widely used by many homeopaths to treat the condition of alopecia or hair fall.
This article will cover from head to toe all the complaints body. And wherever the symptoms are matched, this medicine can be used-
There is an excessive sensitiveness of the mind and body.
The patients of Arnica don’t want to be approached and also, they do not want to be touched. These are the two most striking symptoms of this medicine.
Arnica is suitable for the patient who is irritable, fearful, and easily frightened.
There is anxiety about the present and future and peevishness that he would like to quarrel with everybody.
Arnica’s patient is very contradictory, when he gets sick there is nothing that can be done to suit him.
Mind is absent and can’t direct his thoughts to one object, his thoughts imperceptibly wander from his object, and dwell upon images and fanciful visions.
Arnica is the remedy mainly indicated to mechanical injuries after a fall or blows on the head.
In case of meningitis after mechanical traumatic injuries from a fall, arnica can be given.
Arnica is indicated when there is a congestive headache that becomes violent in waking in the morning and by moving the head.
There is a burning sensation on top of the head and boils on the scalp. Arnica is indicated for stinging itching of the scalp and it cannot be removed by scratching.
Arnica is an effective remedy for hair fall as it has some antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also effective to treat seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) of the scalp.
There is burning and itching in the eyes without any dryness.
Arnica Is indicated for drawing or pulling like pain in the right eyeball with contraction of pupil and obscuration of the head.
Patients often complain that their eyes become tired when see moving objects. In such conditions, Arnica is advised to be given.
Arnica is the remedy for mechanical injuries to the ear and pain internally as if the parts had been bruised or contused.
The hearing is very much acute. The patient complains of ringing and humming in the ear; hence it is also indicated to treat tinnitus.
Arnica is also effective in treating suppurative otitis media when there is persistent discharge from the ear due to eardrum perforation.
Arnica can be given to patients who tend to frequent nose bleeds or epistaxis, especially at night. Nose bleeds due to frequent blowing of the nose, in this condition arnica is indicated.
There is constant burning about the borders of the nostrils, with a desire to sneeze.
The patient feels as if an insect is crawling near the nose that cannot be removed by rubbing.
Arnica is indicated for coryza especially in the evening along with violent sneezing.
Arnica is a highly indicated medicine in toothache, teeth feel as if they were pressed out by the blood rushing towards them and become more painful when touched.
Patients also complain that during mastication their gums pain as if they are ulcerated.
There is burning in the tongue and soft palate, tongue coated white with fetid breath from the mouth.
The face of the Arnica patient is flushed, sunken, very red, and pale. There are flashes of heat in the face with an itching.
The lips are swollen, parched and the corners of the mouth are underrated.
Arnica is also indicated for acne on the face, they are painful especially when touched. There are pimples and pustules inside the nose and get aggravated when sneezing or yawning.
The patients who complain there is sensation lodging of food in the throat and bitter eructation after eating are indicated to be prescribed Arnica.
Arnica is indicated to treat tonsillitis and there is stinging main when not swallowed. The mucus is bitter in the throat.
Arnica is an effective remedy for treating many respiratory-related disorders.
There is shooting, stitching pains on both sides of the chest that prevents breathing. This symptom is one of the main keynotes of arnica.
During cough, the patient holds the chest with both hands to prevent pain.
It advised giving arnica when there is asphyxia in newborns, especially after the laborious labor.
Arnica is an effective remedy for treating angina pectoris. There is a pain in the cardiac region due to reduced blood flow to the heart that extends to the elbow of the left arm.
There is sore, lame, bruised pain in the cardiac region and heart palpitates during and after eating.
The patients complain of belching and bitter eructation in the early morning which smells like rotten or spoiled egg.
There is a pain in the stomach during eating, imperfect hiccough after eating and oppressive masses pass upward and downward.
Arnica is indicated when there is violent retching, inclined to vomit.
The flatus in the abdomen cause pressure in the stomach and especially the insides of the abdomen that lasts all night. There is rumbling of the rectum but not attended by stool.
There is frequent emission of flatus with frequent urging to stool that is too offensive and smells like rotten egg.
Arnica has also indicated constipation when the rectum is loaded but stool does not come. The stool is ribbon-like, and after every stool, the patient wants to lie down.
Arnica is also effective in treating hemorrhoids. There is prolapse of the anus after stool and pain in the anus as if it was bruised with severe soreness.
Arnica is indicated in treating haematuria (blood in urine) as the result of injuries to the kidney.
The patient will complain of frequent desire to urinate accompanied by biting burning in the urethra after micturition but not during urinating.
The last drops of urine do not press out easily and urine contains brick-red sediment in it.
Arnica is also indicated to treat renal stones or kidney stones.
Arnica is effective in treating male-related disorders.
There is violent sexual desire and violent continued erection after waking in the morning makes the patient irritable.
Arnica is also indicated to treat itching pimples on the prepuce and red spots on the glans penis.
Arnica is a top-listed remedy for treating many ovarian diseases.
There are pains from spraining in the ovarian region obliging the patient to walk bent, can’t walk erect.
Arnica is indicated when there is metrorrhagia after coition with sore, lame, and bruised feeling in the uterine region.
Arnica can be given to the patient whose sense appears too soon and the amount is too profuse with nausea and bloody discharge between periods.
Arnica is a very effective remedy for uterine hemorrhage the blood is bright red and mixed with clots.
Arnica is a highly indicated medicine for the treatment of mastitis that is a painful infection of tissue of the breast. The right breast becomes swollen and tender while in the left breast there is an accumulation of pus. Arnica lotion is very effective in the drainage of pus from the breast and gives relief to the patient from pain.
Arnica is highly indicated when the hands and kegs appear cold while the head and face are hot.
The extremists feel sore and bruised as if beaten, especially when lying on the bed.
Arnica is indicated in pains of the joints, especially the wrist and ankles after mechanical injuries. The pains are ameliorated by letting the extremities hang down.
Arnica is also indicated to treat eczema in fingers, carbuncles on the thigh, and erysipelatous inflammation of the foot.
Arnica is the remedy for gout and rheumatism with great fear of being touched or struck by persons.
Arnica is indicated when there is a weakness of the muscles of the back with sore, lame, and bruised feeling. Patients want to lie down and the bed feels too hard for them.
It is indicated in injuries to the spine and has the sensation of soreness and shooting back pain when inhaling.
Arnica is effective in treating many skins related diseases like acne, boils, eczema, and erysipelatous.
The skin of the arnica patient is hot and dry with intense pricking or itching on the entire body.
Arnica is effective in treating many small boils that are painful to touch and appear one after another.
Arnica can be given when there are numerous small semi-transparent vesicles on skin with great and excessive irritation and the skin appear leathery after some time.
The acne appears symmetrically with intolerable itching followed by redness, this symptom indicating toward arnica.
Arnica is the great fever remedy. All the three stages of fever rigor, heat and sweat are well marked.
During fever, there is low muttering in sleep when asked the patient will give an answer correctly and completely and then will go on sleep and become unconscious. This is the characteristic symptom of Arnica.
There are great internal heat, hands and legs feel cold while the face and head appear hot.
After fever, there is profuse perspiration (sweating), especially at night that smells sour and accompanied by anguish. In sweating there is an aversion to uncover, the patient wants to be covered.
Modalities are the factors that, increase or decrease the complaints in a patient.
They are categorized as aggravating factors and amelioration factors.
Aggravating factors make the condition of the illness worst, while the amelioration factor makes the condition of the disease better.
It can be time, any part of the day, season, position, or any applications, etc.
Almost all the conditions of Arnica Montana get worse after injuries, by shock and overexertion.
The patient does not want to be touched as this will aggravate the suffering.
By motion or by lying on the soft spot by keeping the head low and outstretched.
This remedy completes the process of cure that is started by the first medicine given.
Remedies complementary to Arnica are- Aconite, Hypericum, Rhus tox.
These remedies have many similarities in action but are different in origin, which means the source from which the medicine is prepared is another.
Medicines similar to Arnica are Baptisia, China, Phyto., Pyrogenum., Rhus-t., Staph.
These are the medicines given after the first medicine finished its action.
Arnica is followed well by Aconite, Apis, Hama., Ipecac, Veratrum
When there appear of new symptoms, you should study the new symptoms combined with the old one, and the second remedy covering more of these new symptoms is given. This second remedy is the antidote.
Arnica is antidoted by Camphor, Ipecac.
Arnica antidotes – Ammonium carb., Cinchona, Cicuta, Ferrum, Ignatia, Ipecac.
The dosage and potency of the medicine depend on the individual case.
Lower potency is given when very few symptoms of the patient match with the medicine and help the doctor only to diagnose the disease condition.
This potency requires frequent repetition, 3-4 times a day, till the expected result is seen.
This is considered as higher potency of Arnica; they are given when the majority of mental symptoms and physical symptoms of Arnica match.
Higher potencies are advisable to be not repeated very often; they act for a long duration of days, so the second dose is repeated every 7-days or every 15-days once.
On giving 200C potency, it’s advisable to wait for the symptoms to subside. It is helpful in conditions of contusion of blood after injuries and small painful boils.
This is a very high potency of arnica. One should give it only after careful case analysis, where all medicinal symptoms of Arnica and that given by the patient match perfectly.
One should not repeat 1 M potency. It can be given after 30 days once and waiting for symptoms to disappear.
Arnica in tincture form is taken orally by adding 10 drops in half a cup of water thrice a day.
The tincture of Arnica is also used externally and advised by many homeopaths to treat hair fall. Mix ten drops of the tincture in 50 ml of oil and apply the mixture to the scalp twice a week.
It is effective in treating post injuries bruises, mouth ulcers, bleeding gums, stops the bleeding, and reduces soreness.
This lower potency of Arnica Montana works well to give temporary relief from a sprain, minor muscle ache, and joint pains.
Take 2-3 tablets once a day for 1 week, and do not take more than 10 days.
- Toothache and bleeding gums
- Whooping cough
- Angina pectoris
- Impotence in male
- Sore nipple
- Boils and carbuncles
- Gout and Rheumatism
Homeopathic medicines are prepared by potentization where the dynamic curative power of the crude drug substance is aroused, so homeopathic medicines produce negligible side effects.
If any side effects are seen then it can be antidoted by Camphora.