Active principles of Arnica
The flowers of the Arnica Montana are made up of very intense yellow petals and it is in them that many of the active principles of Arnica are contained. The most important are essentially these: thymol, essential oil, polyphenols, flavonoids and cinnamic acid. If the Arnica is to be used for topical use (ie applied directly to the affected area), the root of the plant will not be used, otherwise, or for internal use, we will also need the root and therefore the entire plant to acquire all the beneficial substances we need.Thanks to its many active ingredients and the wide range of uses that can be made of it, arnica has anti-traumatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-chemo, revulsive and anti-rheumatic properties.
Arnica against trauma
The most common use of Arnica is undoubtedly the topical one and therefore it can be used above all in cream or gel to cushion pains linked to traumas, blows and muscular pains. Its contribution towards these disorders is really precious thanks to its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties (ie help against inflammation). As it is also a homeopathic and therefore natural remedy, Arnica has become the best alternative to common anti-inflammatory drugs to treat minor injuries over time. Arnica on main fabrics? By massaging the affected area with its gel or cream extract, the active ingredients of Arnica are able to act positively on the tissues, favoring the resorption of the edema and thus allowing a faster healing.
Arnica against stiff neck and arthritis
Less known is the use of Arnica against disorders such as stiff neck and arthritis. As for the stiff neck, they are often treated with patches or massages but it would be useful to associate the arnica treatment in order to warm the part more and apply the beneficial active ingredients while massaging the affected part. instead it has been shown by a recent study published in Rheumatology International that Arnica has the same benefits as Ibuprofen, a well-known anti-inflammatory drug. Certainly, however, Arnica does not have the side effects of its competitor and is therefore the winner of the tests conducted by American research. The use of Arnica to treat arthritis therefore brings numerous benefits such as a reduction in pain and greater mobility of the fingers. and a faster functional recovery.
Arnica homeopathy: Posology and contraindications
Topical use of Arnica is much more recommended than internal use because, like many plants used in homeopathy, it is a toxic plant and in the case of ingestion it can bring, instead of benefits, side effects that in the worst cases they could also lead to serious disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Precisely for this reason, and due to the fact that it is still one of the most powerful natural remedies, it is recommended to use it internally only if prescribed by your doctor and especially by looking not to exceed the indicated posology of 15 granules per day. The topical use instead, even if in a low percentage of people it can lead to sensitization effects, is generally a safe use. The important thing is not to apply it to lesions or to mucous membranes, nose and eyes.