Arnica Montana - A Short Description
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Arnica Montana - A Short Description
|January 14 2007
Arnica was introduced to our homeopathic Meteria Medica by Hahnemann in his 'Fragmenta de viribus medicamentorum positivis' and in Material Medica Pura. Homeopathic application was described in Hahnemann's 'Essay on a New Principle for Ascertaining the Curative Power of Drugs'.
"All the artificial dogmas enunciated by the ordinary medical art, which is in its way a learned science, all its scholastic definitions, destinctions, and hair-splitting explanations were in all past centuries unable to discover the specific curative power of this plant or to find out the real remedy for the often dangerous general derangements of the health which is caused by a severe fall, by blows, knocks, contusions, sprains, or by over-stretching or laceration of the solid parts of our body. Common people had to dod this for them, all after the fruitless employment of innumerable things they found at least by accident the true remedy in this vegetable, and hence they called if 'Fallkraut (fall plant)".
-Samuel Hahnemann, Materia Medica Pura
Arnica is best known for its near-specific indication in treating injuries, and application well described in domestic practice prior to its confirmation by homeopathic proving.
Arnica is endemic to Europe, from southern Iberia to southern Scandinavia and the Carpathians. It's a genus with about 30 perennial, herbaceous species, belonging to the sunflower family. The genus name Arnica may be derived from the Latin
arna "lamb", in reference to the soft, hairy leaves. Arnica also known as leopard's bane, wolf's bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica.
Internal and external preparations made from the flowering heads of arnica have been used medicinally for hundreds of years. Alcoholic tinctures were used by early settlers to treat sore throats, as a febrifuge, and to improve circulation. It has been used extensively in European folk medicine. German philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was said to have drunk arnica tea to ease his angina. Arnica's bactericidal properties were employed for abrasions and gunshot wounds.
Homeopathic uses included the treatment of surgical or accidental trauma, as an analgesic, and in the treatment of postoperative thrombophlebitis and pulmonary emboli. It has been used externally for acne, bruises, rashed, sprains and muscle aches, and as a general topical counterirritant.
Arnica also has been used in the treatment of heart complaints, reduce cholesterol, and stimulate the nervous systems. Arnica increases local blood supply and accelarates healing. It's an-inflammaroty and increases the rate of absorption of internal bleeding. It's especially useful in the treatment of traumatic injuries, sores, muscle aches, rheumatic pain, inflamations from insect bites, swelling due to fractures and bruises. The homeopatic dose has also been used effectively in the treatment of epilopsy and seasickness, and it might be of used as a hair growth stimulant and fight against dandruff.
If used as a decoction or tincture it stimulates the circulation and is valuable in the treatment of agnina and a weak or failing heart, but it can be toxic even at quite low doses and so it rerely used in this way. Generally the plant is nowadays only recommended for internal use as a homeopathic remedy.
The flowers are the part most commonly used. They are harvested when fully open and dried, the receptacles are sometimes removed since these are liable to be attacked by insects. The root is also used, it's harvested after the leaves have died down in the autumn and dried for later use. The whole plant is antiecchymotic, antiphlogistic, nervine, Stermutatory, vulnerary. Although a very valuable remedy, it should be used with coution. It has been known to cause contact dermatitis when used externally and collapse when taken internally. The freshly crushed flowers cause sneezing if inhaled. The leave has also been smoked as a tocacco, though it is unclear whether this was for medicinal reasons.
Arnica is very popular. In German alone, has manufactured more than 100 drug preparations containing this herb. Applied topically as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture.
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Re: Arnica Montana - A Short Description
|January 16 2007
Arnica is a wander medicine, it works upon circulatory system.
Re: Arnica Montana - A Short Description
Joe De Livera
|January 17 2007
I would like to compliment Thill on his article on Arnica which I use extensively for many ailments some of which are not listed in the MM's currently in use. I would like to share with members the many ailments for which I have used this remedy which I consider a Miracle Remedy.
Arnica 30c is the classical remedy to help cure wounds.
GENERAL TONIC IN DAILY USE 30c
I have used Arnica 30c which I discovered was better than the 6c for the last 10 years every night or more often in the case of need like after surgery. I believe that I owe to it my sense of wellness. I do not have any ache or pain in my body and I have proved that it is to Arnica that I owe my BP 120/80 with pulse 65 at age 76. I invite others to use it and to record their response to this remedy.
SUBSTITUTE FOR MORPHINE POST MAJOR SURGERY 200c and 30c
I have used this myself after my Retropubic Prostatectomy and can confidently recommend it for use after any major surgery. When I regained consciousness I noticed the Morphine syringe attached to the IV line and promptly ordered it removed to the consternation of the nursing staff and the surgeon, who warned me that I could even suffer from a major shock due to the pain without the morphine. I stated that I will use my Arnica alone to control the pain and they were very surprised to note that I was relatively free of pain after a few hours. I was able to leave my bed on the third day without any pain medication except for the Arnica I used every 2 hours at first and every 3 hours later. I was discharged on the 5th day and walked to my car. They were all amazed at my extremely quick recovery in 2002 when I was 73 years old.
EASES URINE FLOW CAUSED BY BPH 30c Wet Dose
I used Sabal S 6c when I discovered that I was allergic to Hytrin that was prescribed for my BPH. I changed over to Sabal S and Conium but discovered when I used Arnica for a slight wound that it was far superior to the other remedies I used for BPH and I stayed with it from 1996 up to today.
HELPS TO CONTROL INCONTINENCE AFTER TURP 30c
It amazes me how this remedy that I have given over 20 patients who were suffering from the after effects of the TURP (trans urethral resection of the prostate) surgery who were incontinent due to some misadventure on the part of the Uro who had obviously damaged the sphincter muscle in the neck of the bladder. Arnica gave more time between visits to the toilet and in many cases it stabilized the incontinence in a few months. Others use it on a twice daily basis. Always in the water dose.
JET LAG 30c
I have used it for many years on every overseas trip. Dosage is 1 teaspoonful taken 3 times on the day before departure. Dry doses to be taken every 3 hours on board and 3 times on the day after arrival.
LACK OF MOTOR FUNCTION OF EXTREMITIES IN 82 YEAR OLD 1M Wet Dose
The patient gradually lost motor control of his hands and feet for about a year and was confined to either his bed or a chair where he was placed by his children. Drugs that were prescribed were not effective. This case was referred to me and my response was an act of faith on my part in giving him Arnica 1M which I gave him in the water dose. He was completely cured in 2 months. The dosage used was 1 teaspoonful (capful) twice daily. He is now quite mobile and does not use the remedy any more.
MENTAL DEGENERATION IN THE AGED 1M
I used Arnica 1M dose 1 tsp daily in the case of a 75 year old who was showing signs of Alzheimer's and he showed perceptible improvement in 2 weeks which was continued thereafter. He is now permanently on the Arnica. Dose 1 tsp daily.
CHRONIC ACHES AND PAINS 30c
I have used it very often when the patient complains of general body pain (not arthritic). It is also useful for chronic back pain due to previous injuries. Sciatica is also helped by a twice daily dose.
Almost everyone who has taken 1 teaspoonful of this remedy in the water dose prior to sleep has noticed the deep unbroken sleep that they experienced during the night. They wake up quite refreshed with a zing in their steps.
I have used it in over 30 cases some of which were chronic for over 10 years and within a week, the patient is usually cured. The success rate is better that 80%. I recommend that the remedy is continued but those who did not do so after about 3 months do not use it anymore and can be considered permanently cured. The skin condition after this time resembles Vitiligo especially in the chronic cases which had eroded the melanin in the skin which does not regenerate but there is no discomfort or itchiness.
I have also applied the water in which a few pellets of Arnica 6c are dissolved in a spoon directly on the lesion which accelerates the healing process.
I first used this remedy for a 78 year old lady who was suffering from recurrent reinfection of her legs. She had been to hospital every 6 months on 3 occasions for about a week each time where she was treated with the most powerful antibiotics which left her drained out like a rag. When she came out on the last occasion I gave her Arnica 30c in the water dose and she takes 1 teaspoonful before sleep. She was also an insomniac and now enjoys deep sleep and for the last 2 years she has not suffered from any reinfection from her Cellulitis. I have also used it for 3 other patients also in the same age group who had been hospitalized at least twice before in each case and they do not have any reinfection after many months or years. The Arnica seems to help by increasing the blood flow in the capillaries under the skin which in turn prevents reinfection. They have however to be on one dose of Arnica permanently.
PROMOTES GROWTH OF HAIR 30c
I would refer to the many posts on the ABC forum where I have been advocating the use of Arnica 6c for hair growth. The success rate has been better than 80%. I use Weisbaden 200c for the stubborn cases which is taken every other day.
Many who were using Nitroglycerine on a SOS basis have been helped by the Arnica 200c which was used also on a SOS basis. For daily use as a prophylactic the patient uses Arnica 30c twice daily and is not affected by the angina any more. It is however important that the patient has his condition checked regularly.
CHRONIC HEADACHE 30c
I used Arnica in many cases that were not reacting to Bryonia 30 which is my default remedy for headaches and it worked well.
INTERNAL HAEMORRHAGE IN A HAEMOPHILIAC 30c
I am treating a boy who is now 7 years for the last 4 years and is a Haemophiliac with Arnica 30c for internal bleeding when he suffers from any fall or bump which causes a swelling and pain usually on his joints. The Arnica helps to dissipate the blood and reduces the swelling. I use Lachesis 200c for open cuts which bleed profusely and this arrests the bleeding in about 15 minutes. Prior to this therapy the boy had to be rushed to hospital for a drip with every fall or cut.
PIMPLES, ACNE, BLEPHARITIS, ROSACEA, STYES 30c
Hundreds of teenagers have benefited by the use of Arnica 30c. I can vouch personally for its efficacy to control styes which I used to get weekly with painful results.
BED SORES 30c
Prevents their formation.
DARK CIRCLES UNDER EYES 6c
Removes them in a week
NOSE BLEED 200c
The ultimate remedy.
RHEUMATISM AND GOUT 30c
I believe that it helps to dissipate the swelling of the synovial fluid which causes pain. I treat the Arthritis with Rhus Tox 1M and Hypericum 200c to alleviate the pain both taken in the wet dose.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION 6c
I have many patients who have certified that it works like a charm !
Helps to alleviate the swelling and pain. This remedy is only effective as soon as the tonsils show signs of discomfort. Chronic cases have to be treated with an antibiotic. This remedy controls the formation of Tonsiloliths but it has to be taken on a daily basis to be effective in this control.
I consider that this is easily my most important discovery which I made quite accidentally 2 years ago when I gave Arnica 30c to a MD who was a Type I Diabetic to help cure a chronic non healing wound. He informed me on the day after he took 2 doses that his Blood Sugar had dropped drastically and refused to use it anymore as he felt that it was some mysterious medicine which he did not wish to experiment with as he was already on Insulin which he injected himself 4 times daily. I then gave this remedy to two Type II Diabetics and discovered that they had the same reaction when their BS dropped considerably similar to the drop caused by Metformin. I then prescribed 1/4 teaspoonful Cinnamon powder to be used twice daily and have 2 patients who are able to control their ailment without recourse to the standard drugs used for the control of Diabetes.
Many patients with High Blood Pressure have confirmed that they are able to control their ailment without resorting to the usual drugs prescribed to control BP.
Many Alcoholics have confirmed that they lose their craving for that next drink within a few days of starting on this remedy. Many have been able to stay dry for months after starting on the remedy which is taken twice daily.
I have received reports from chronic smokers who have in some cases been smoking 50 cigarettes per day that after a few days on Arnica 30 they noticed a marked decrease of their craving for a smoke. A few smokers have been able to quit the habit.
MELASMA 30c http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/75130
Reduced brown spots on her upper cheek bone which she had from 1996 in just 2 days.
IMPROVES EYESIGHT http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/78188/
Improvement in eyesight of both husband and wife who discovered that they do not need spectacles to watch TV.
BLEEDING (MENSTRUAL) 30c http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/79462/
This was the case of a 50 year old lady who had uncontrollable bleeding for 2 weeks which was arrested within a few hours after the first dose of Arnica 30c
CYST ON VOCAL CHORDS CURED 30c http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/79686/
This is the case of a patient who was saved from surgery to stop bleeding from a cyst on his vocal chords which the surgeon did not wish to operate on because it was bleeding. Arnica cured his problem in just 11 days.
GOUT IN BIG TOE CURED IN 3 DAYS 200c http://www.abchomeopathy.com/forum2.php/80901/
The patient reported severe pain and was surprised to discover that there was almost immediate relief which continued over 3 days.
I would like to place on record that I have used Arnica every day since 1996. I can personally vouch for the fact that it is absolutely safe in daily use and can be considered a great blessing to those who use it regularly every night. Many who have met me cannot believe that I am 76 years old as they invariably estimate my age at 15 to 20 years younger than I really am. My skin does not show any signs of aging and my BP is 120/80 with pulse 65. I have no doubt that I owe my present state of wellness to Arnica.
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Re: Arnica Montana - A Short Description
|January 17 2007
My business makes me to travel South India very often. There I have to spend many days.
Anytime I went there, spicy food made my life hell. It is never the stomach but nightly urination problem. Whole night I was waking up after each hour and going to bathroom but only produced few drops (this happened only when I was in South India and ate spicy food). First few days I almost had no problem but it happened gradually. Anytime when night came I was just scared. My whole nights were restless and dreamy.
I used to put alarm in my cell phone but rarely felt like getting up because I was sleepy but very dreamy and kind of half sleeping.
Then from a shop I bought Arncica 6c (Thanks to Joe) for only 10 rupee and took two drops at night. My problems disappeared. Now some days I wake up night for urge but all goes well, lots of water. Sleep is just perfect, now I wake up automatically when daylight comes.
This is the miracle happened to me. I suffered for last 17 years. God bless you all.
It is testimonials like yours where you have recorded the effect that Arnica made to your sleeping pattern that hopefully will make people who read your post to believe that Homeopathy works in a manner that cannot be logically rationalized, but in some mysterious way helps to cure common human ailments which are beyond the capabilities of drugs and doctors who may have suggested that you consult a Urologist and have your Prostate checked.
I would recommend that you follow my example and take Arnica 30c in the wet dose which you can take twice daily for a few weeks and then like me just once before you sleep. I would not recommend that you use the 6c potency in the 2 drops that you recorded that you take nightly as this may cause you to prove the remedy with unpleasant consequences.
The wet dose is made by inserting 2-3 drops in a 500ml bottle of water and will be more effective and what is more is safer for daily use. A teaspoonful is a dose and is best sipped slowly and will provide the same effect as the 2 drops that you take of the Arnica 6c which is not the potency I would recommend based on my experience in treating cases like yours.
It is possible that you also suffer from a hyperacidic condition in your stomach and if you have any discomfort after a meal especially after dinner, you can take Nat Phos 6x dose 2-3 tablets to help your stomach to digest the food more effectively.