This text provides information in simple language on the topic: arnica.

What is arnica?

Arnica is a medicinal plant. Medicinal plants are special plants. Medicinal plants have healing powers. Medicinal plants can help against various ailments. Arnica is an alpine flower. The Latin name of arnica is: Arnica montana. Arnica can help with minor injuries, for example.

You can use the flowers of the arnica plant as medicine. Arnica flowers contain, for example:

  • anti-inflammatory agents
  • the dye coumarin
  • volatile oil

How does arnica work?

Arnica can help with mild pain. For example, arnica can help with:

  • Sprains
  • Bruises
  • Swelling

And arnica can help with mild inflammation. For example, you can use arnica as an ointment. Or you can use arnica as an essence. The arnica blossom contains the substances sesquiterpene lactone and helenalin. These substances suppress the formation of the substance cytokine. Cytokine can cause inflammation. This is why arnica can reduce inflammation.

What should you watch out for when using arnica?

It is best to buy arnica in the pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist: What is the best way to use arnica? The pharmacist will give you all the important information.

What side effects are possible?

Medicinal plants can have side effects. The side effects of arnica are rare.

Some people are allergic to arnica.

Do you use an ointment with arnica? Or do you use an essence with arnica? Then you can be allergic. Your skin may then be irritated. And your skin may be reddened. Your skin can also swell. Sometimes small blisters can appear on the skin. The allergy to arnica is called a daisy family allergy.

Warning: do not take arnica. Arnica should only be used on the skin. Are you taking arnica? Then these side effects are possible:

  • Symptoms of intoxication
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • a headache
  • dizziness
  • Arrhythmia. Do you have arrhythmias? Then your heart beats quickly and irregularly.

Who shouldn't use arnica?

Are you pregnant? Then you must not use an ointment with arnica. And you are also not allowed to use tincture with arnica.

Note: This text contains only general information. Would you like to use arnica? Then always talk to a doctor or pharmacist beforehand. Only then should you use arnica.

Where can you get more information?

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Important: Would you like to take medicinal plants against your ailments? Then seek advice from the pharmacy. In the pharmacy you will find out:

  • How do you take the medicinal plant?
  • What amount can you take?
  • What side effects can the medicinal plant have?

We wrote the texts together with the Light Language Research Center. The light language research center is at the University of Hildesheim.