Herb of the week - Arnica montana!
Arnica is a wonderful herb that has been embraced by the western medical community for its ability to heal bruises. You may have seen such products at your local pharmacy.
This herb is native to North America. Typically its flowers have been used to improve local blood supply to areas that have incurred musculoskeltal trauma such as bruises, or any other pain or inflammation. Arnica should not however be used where skin is broken (such as a cut or a scrape)
While there are no interactions with Arnica, one should be careful not to take Arnica internally. An overdose on Arnica may result in digestive upset, headaches, difficulty breathing, and drowsiness.
Two other sets of individuals should avoid using Arnica. Those who are pregnant and those who are allergic to other members of the Asteraceae family. The Asteraceae family includes such plants as dandelion, ragweed, endives and sunflowers!
The homeopathic version of Arnica has traditionally been used in cases where an injury has caused an individual to go into shock.
Another great herb with awesome medical uses!
That's all for now
- Dr Kendra Clifford
The information in this post is for educational purposes only and should not be substituted for medical advice.