Arnica Montana is a flower that grows in higher elevations of Central Europe and flourishes in poor soil, so it is definitely considered a hardy wildflower. It has also been used in herbal medicines for centuries and is protected in some areas such as Belgium, France, and Germany because it somewhat rare due to its medicinal value. It has been compared to a dose of ibuprofen for osteoarthritis and is known to help minimize swelling and bruising.

The following article by HealthNews.com written in January of 2015 claims it is a wonder drug:

Arnica Montana: Natural Treatment for Inflammation and Trauma

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Arnica Montana is one of the most valuable homeopathic remedies. Also known as Leopard’s bane, this member of the Compositae—or Sunflower —family is used as a specific to reduce bruising and swelling, particularly after physical traumas such as falls or blows. It can be applied in a cream, gel, salve, or tincture, or taken internally.

Used by Native American and Europeans for centuries, Arnica was first described in the sixteenth century by the naturalist Tabernae Montanus, for whom it is named. The plant grows in the mountains in Europe and Siberia, where the grazing goats and oxen eat it. The yellow flowers, which are the medicinal part of the plant, are two to three inches in diameter and look similar to a daisy, hence its name Mountain Daisy. Because Arnica requires specific soil conditions, it has proved difficult to cultivate and the natural supply has become endangered.

Arnica is a wonder drug for treating trauma. It can be used to aid injuries from accidents and hemorrhages, both internal and external. Arnica can be given to treat the acute and chronic effects of injuries, but its main area of effect is for shock and trauma. It offers quick relief of concussions and contusions, aiding in the re-absorption of blood from injured tissues.

Read the original article here:  Arnica Montana: Natural Treatment for Inflammation and Trauma

Some of the names that Arnica Montana is more commonly known for are leopard’s bane, mountain Arnica, and mountain tobacco. Amazing that this plant is abundant in certain areas, but almost extinct in others. Throughout the video, you can see how botanists, pharmacists and other experts cultivate, harvest and produce a homeopathic medicine using this versatile flower:

 

There have been some studies conducted to see if Arnica montana really does provide pain relief and reduce swelling. The results are mixed, with some showing that it produces positive effects but others, such as the test below, suggest the outcome is mostly mental. The following test used a placebo to experiment with the potential benefits for people undergoing blepharoplasty, also known as an eyelid lift, to lower the swelling post surgery:

Arnica montana: Does it really work? | Cosmetic Surgery Times

Arnica montana has a history of medicinal use dating back to the 1500s. Ever searching for ways to improve patient recovery (and prompted by effective product marketing), we’ve seen Arnica become fairly well accepted as an option for reducing post-surgical swelling and bruising. But does it actually work? This is the question that prompted van Exsel et al. to design and perform their randomized, placebo-controlled trial that was published in the July issue of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

The researchers randomized 136 bilateral upper blepharoplasty patients into tw

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o study arms: One received arnica ointment 10% and the other a placebo ointment. Patients in both arms had a treatment and non-treatment side designated. The periorbital area of the treatment side received either arnica or placebo ointment, while the non-treatment side received no ointment and served as an internal control. Overall periorbital appearance was the primary endpoint and assessed by a medical and nonmedical panel using light photography after 3 days, 7 days and 6 weeks. Secondary endpoints included swelling, pain, ecchymosis, erythema and patient satisfaction with recovery and outcome.

The study found no significant differences between arnica and placebo based on the panel’s assessment and nor did any of the secondary endpoints differ between arnica and placebo. Furthermore, there was no difference in outcome between treated and untreated eyelids in ether the arnica or placebo groups.

Read the full report here:  Arnica montana: Does it really work? | Cosmetic Surgery Times

Is Arnica montana beneficial in treating paint and swelling from cosmetic surgery? The answer isn’t completely clear at this time. So many people want a quick fix to make them look younger followed by a quick recovery time to get back to a normal life. It may be wishful thinking that something natural can provide relief, but wouldn’t our world be a better place if we didn’t always rely on some sort of prescription medication to fix everything?