Acute Relief with Arnica
Arnica montana is a homeopathic ingredient found in many natural products. And it should be featured in every medicine cabinet of your patients. When a patient experiences sprains, strains, bruises or pain in muscles and joints, they should reach for that arnica.
The arnica plant grows in mountainous regions and is a part of the sunflower family of plants. It is available as a key ingredient or sole ingredient in topical lotions and gels or orally as homeopathic pellets or liquid drops. Research demonstrates that arnica works on many levels including:
Preliminary research also indicates that arnica positively interacts with mitochondria to help protect cells from oxidative damage, which can then help promote healing. Arnica also contains organic compounds called lactones, as well as flavonoids, carotenoids, essential oils and diterpenes to help support the healing process. Arnica works to address underlying causes of inflammation so the body can heal itself.
Arnica is considered safe with no known side effects other than possible mild allergic reaction. Arnica is also not indicated for open wounds and sores. Arnica is perfect for muscle and joint soreness and stiffness, swelling or bruising.
Arnica can be combined with other botanicals like calendula, belladonna, chamomile, Echinacea and others to achieve a synergistic affect. Other supportive botanicals for topical relief include curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and capsaicin.
Occasional sprains, strains, bruising and achiness can be difficult to avoid. Fortunately, fast topical relief is available. There are many high-quality natural products to choose from. Have your patients stock their medicine cabinet today!
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