- What other names is Arnica known by?
- What is Arnica?
- How does Arnica work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Arnica.
Arnica is applied to the skin for pain and swelling associated with bruises, aches, sprains, and arthritis. It is also applied to the skin for insect bites, muscle and cartilage pain, chapped lips, and acne.
It is also taken by mouth for sore mouth and throat, insect bites, painful and swollen veins near the surface of the skin (superficial phlebitis), sore gums after removal of wisdom teeth, and for causing abortions.
In foods, arnica is a flavor ingredient in beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings.
In manufacturing, arnica is used in hair tonics and anti-dandruff preparations. The oil is used in perfumes and cosmetics.
Possibly Effective for...
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Reducing pain, swelling, and complications of wisdom tooth removal.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Diabetic retinopathy.
- Muscle pain.
- Insect bites.
- Pain (post-surgical).
- Sore throats.
- Chapped lips.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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