- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Arnica Tablets and Pills for Homeopathic Healing
Arnica Tablets are a recent discovery of mine. I just love any sort of homeopathic remedy that can aid in healing, especially when it can be used alongside any treatments given by my doctor.
Arnica tablets from both Nelsons and Biron tablets use the Arnica plant. Arnica is a pernnial plant native to the mountains of Europe and Siberia as well as mountainous areas of Canada and North America.
Arnica tablets are most often used in treating injuries that involve bruising, swelling and inflammation as well as playing a part in pain relief. Other uses involve soothing muscle aches, especially related to exercise.
Arnica montana is the botanical name for this plant. Common names include, arnica flowers, arnica root, Leopard's bane and Wolf's Bane. This history of use for this plant has placed the flowering heads in homeopathic medicine for hundreds of years and has been used to treat a whole host of conditions.
Arnica is known to contain the anti-inflammatory "sesquiterpene lactone helanalin" and accounts for the aid it can provide to injuries that involve some sort of blunt trauma. The external uses for Arnica can include pain relief and acting as a local antibiotic and is used in creams for dislocations, sprains, bruises and prevents the blood platelets from gathering to the site of the injury.
Arnica for healing a foot injury
How I came to discover this form of natural healing or homeopathic healing was through my mother in law.
Last summer we were camping with my niece and nephew and my mother in law. One of the days we had had some bad rain and a weather warning was issued for overnight. With all the adults trying to tie everything down my niece managed to fall into a puddle of mud the size of lake erie.
She was taken to the showers to clean her shoes and then sent back to camp to change into something clean and dry. She never made it. The older girls at the camp saw her all muddy from head to toe and started cheering her, so of course she stopped to play, with no shoes on and all muddy.
There was a tree with a swing and the older girls were pushing her on the swing. Sadly she went right into the tree at full pelt and smacked her foot against the tree very badly. I carried her back to camp and was worried that we were going to have to take her to the hospital with a storm closing in.
My mother in law examined the foot as she knows a lot more about medicine (working in a retirement hotel she is very knowledgeable) as well as knowing the kids better then I. She started giving my niece Arnica pills and a gel to apply topically.
I figured we may well still have to go to the hospital the next day if there was no sign of improvement and to be honest I did not expect there to be. The foot had been badly damaged and was both swollen and hot to the touch. Thank goodness by the next day my little niece's foot was not longer hot to the touch. It was still swollen and my niece was unable to walk but there was a good sign of healing in the foot not being so hot to the touch.
By the next day the foot was no longer visibly swollen but my niece could still not walk on it without complaining of pain. We spent the day at camp (the two of us, while my nephew was taken out to keep him entertained, too young to entertain himself) and by the end of the day my niece was able to put her weight on the foot to stand. I still would not let her try walking around even tho she really wanted to and I could not carry her everywhere!
One more day and my niece was walking without complaining of pain. We had had an instructor scheduled to take the kids rock climbing and were scared to let her rock climb. She was instant that she wanted to try at least, if the walk started hurting she would not try but she wanted the chance.
I tell you what, within a few days she went from having a hot and swollen foot that I thought might have been broke, to being able to climb with only a twinge of pain here and there!
I know kids can heal fast and all that but, it really did seem that the Arnica pills and gel contributed to a faster heal time, even for a kid. I have since researched Arnica Montana from Nelsons in this country and Boiron in the states (those seem to be the popular brands for each country) and have been very impressed with what I have seen.
The next time I suffer an injury that involves a blunt trauma to any part of my body I intend on trying these out right away! I also am eager to learn about other remedies out there from these brands and what claims they make in regards to healing, it is probably worth trying if needed!