Archive for the 'Arnica' Category
The website HealthWorld has an article on homeopathy that describes arnica (mountain daisy) as “par excellence” for the treatment of shock or trauma caused by any injury. Although the German Commission E Monograph lists herbal doses of arnica as approved for external use resulting from accidents, it questions arnica’s value in homeopathy, as discussed in this review.
Based on what we know, the frequent reference to arnica as “par excellence” is an overstatement. (more…)
Rubbing on arnica provides pain relief in people with osteoarthritis that affects their hands. (more…)
The patients reported better pain control, but there was no difference in the use of other pain medicines. (more…)
Arnica (Arnica montana) is used in herbal medicine for relief of bruises, stiffness, and muscle soreness.
Here’s a study that looked at the potential for homeopathic arnica to reduce swelling and pain following 3 different operations in patients who required knee surgery.
- Prior to surgery, 300 patients were given a homeopathic dilution of arnica or placebo.
- 300 patients received one of 3 operations (arthroscopy, artificial knee joint implantation, and cruciate ligament reconstruction).
- More arnica (or placebo) was given after surgery.
- The researchers used knee circumference as the measure of arnica’s effectiveness.
- When measured 2 days following surgery, significantly less swelling was seen only in the 57 patients who had the cruciate ligament reconstruction.
It’s not clear to me why it worked in one group but not in the other two.
But we’ll accept it for what it is.
2/8/07 23:03 JR