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The Eclectic Physician
Medicinal Herb Monographs


The information on this page compiled by
Beth Burch N.D.

Arnica blooms in July

Arnica thrives in the lush meadows of the high Cascades. A member of the sunflower family, it is often found growing in dense clumps. It has bright yellow, bell shaped flowers that are 1.5 inches across, including the rays, and grow on erect stems, 1 to 2 feet tall. The ovate or oblong leaves grow in pairs and are coarsely toothed.
Medicinal Use:
Arnica is anti-inflammatory and contains essential oils and sterols, in the form of sesquiterpene lactones, glycosides and flavoniods. It is one of the best external remedies specific for bruises and sprains. It is also useful for sore muscles due to over exertion and for joint and rheumatic pain. It can be used as a lotion or liniment extracted in alcohol and applied to the skin.

Arnica is an external remedy and should not be taken internally, except in homeopathic form, because it is potentially toxic.

Herbal Form (for external us only)

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