This specific materia medica post regarding Arnica montana side effects is going to be posted a bit more differently than previous ones…
Before explaining this remedy as described in the classical materia medicas, I feel that it’s important to address this question:
Given its immense popularity by both physicians and laypeople, many have asked if Arnica montana side effects exist. Can one get a negative reaction from using this remedy?
In short the answer is that it depends how you use Arnica – either herbally or homeopathically:
Arnica in Herbal Medicine
In its original herbal form, Arnica is a perennial, poisonous flower from the compositae family. It can grow up to 2-3 feet.
It grows across the entirety of Europe and western Asia.
This flower is usually found among meadows, pastures, lawns, and in areas containing poor soil.
Herbally, Arnica has several uses. One of them is in tea form known as “fall kraut,” which is used to strengthen mountain climbers.
Additionally, it can also be used for a variety of injuries, bruising, and aches, as well as even for acne.
The catch however, is that if one overuses herbal Arnica or eats it in its entirety, then this can lead to serious side effects, which may even include death.
Therefore, when looking for a herbal product containing Arnica, it is very crucial to check to see if is safe for consumption for application before usage.
Arnica as a Homeopathic Remedy – No Arnica Montana Side Effects
When converted into a homeopathic remedy , the physical, poisonous contents of Arnica are completely diluted numerous times, making its usage 100% safe and free of any (dangerous) side effects.
This is the case as well with other homeopathic remedies.
The only homeopathic Arnica that may show minor side effects is the Arnica gel/cream, commonly sold by Boiron.
But even with the gel, its therapeutic use is generally safe and the side effects, if any, may at worst be slight irritation, as long as you do not eat the gel.
Even research has demonstrated the gentle and effective healing abilities of Arnica, especially for severe acute conditions that may require surgical intervention.
Arnica Rubrics: What Homeopathic Arnica Can Do For You
Before checking out the rest of this article, take a look at homeopath Misha Norland’s video on the personality picture of Arnica:
Here are the mind, physical, and acute symptoms that Arnica is most commonly used for in homeopathy, as found in the materia medicas in text form:
Unreality – they claim to be fine even right after a severe injury, accident, shock, etc.
Says nothing is wrong with him although he is ill.
Fear of being touched, people coming near him (even if he/she is ill, injured).
Feeling as if he is beaten, thrown down back again. Delusion as if beaten.
Fear of waking from sleep.
Bed feels too hard.
Symmetrical boils, red dots.
Febrile hemorrhaging under the skin which is symmetrical.
Heat on the upper part of body and also cold on the lower part.
Inflammation of the brain.
First to think of for concussions.
Shock after accident, surgery.
Retinal detachment, hemorrhaging.
Dystentry – diarrhea.
Big belly and stinky farts.
- blood, blood vessels, muscles, soft tissues, digestive system.
- blood is seeping, not gushing.
- Better lying down, let alone.
- Worse from touch.
- Diarrhea is worse from left side.
Never Been Well Since…
- Head is hot, body is cold.
- Cold spot on forehead.
- Dizziness on closing the eyes.
- Stomach feels like its pressing against spine.
Desires & Aversions
- Better from vinegar, sour, cold water.
- Worse from milk, meat, broth, tobacco, brandy.
Dreams & Fears
- Dreams: death, mutilated bodies, trauma, violence.
- Fears: fear of being approached or touch, rape, death, horror.
Trauma, traumatic injuries.
Surgery (before and after; see this post for more information).
Can be a great flu remedy (if the flu is worsened or ignited by back pain, bone pain, cannot lie down).
Just To Sum Up…
* Arnica montana side effects DO NOT exist in its homeopathic form, unless it is used in a gel or herbal form
* Among other uses, Arnica is a prime first aid and injury remedy, and is usually the first remedy that comes to mind in those situations, especially for concussions
* Refer to the remedy information above for future references.