Arnica is useful for speeding the healing of bruises, for helping the body recover from any shock or trauma – physical, mental, or chemical, for reducing bleeding from injuries, for reducing hemorrhoids, for sore gums after dental work, for muscular pain in general, but especially for sprains or strains. Arnica is sometimes used by plastic surgeons after facial surgery, to reduce pain, swelling, and bruising, especially around the eyes. Used after any surgery, it can help the body heal faster.
Topically use Arnica for bee stings, sore or bruised muscles, for sprains and strains. Use the oral forms, usually perles or tablets, to deal with lacerations or any bleeding injury, shock and trauma, hemorrhoids, gum soreness, and eye injury.
Homeopathic remedies are generally safe for all ages. Consider these exceptions with Arnica Montana (mountain daisy):
- If you have an allergy to the daisy flower family, you might not benefit from Arnica, and might have an allergic response to the homeopathic form.
- Never apply topical arnica to an open wound.