Five Things You Need to Know About Arnica Montana
#1 • It has been around for centuries — Arnica montana is the Latin name for a perennial that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with bright, yellow daisy-like flowers that appear in July and August. It is found on the moist, grassy upland meadows in the hills and mountains of northern and central Europe and Siberia. It is also found sparsely in the northwestern United States. More common names for Arnica are Leopard’s bane, Mountain daisy and Mountain tobacco. St. Hildegard wrote about the healing properties of the Arnica montana plant in the 12th century. Since at least the 16th century, mountain people in the Alpine area have used it to relieve muscle aches and bruises.
#2 • Popular among athletes, plastic surgeons — Arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic medicines worldwide to relieve minor injuries, overexertion or pain, and swelling and bruising from surgery. Many athletes use it to recover from sore and stiff muscles after strenuous workouts or competitions, and value its non-doping quality. Plastic surgeons recommend it to patients to help heal bruising and swelling associated with cosmetic procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid), rhinoplasty (nose), and botulinum toxin or filler injections.
#3 • Safe to use for whole family — In homeopathic form, Arnica has a low risk of side effects and does not interact with other medications, helping people of all ages to recover quickly from muscle aches, stiffness and bruising no matter what the activity.
#4 • Available over-the-counter in many forms — Arnica is available without a prescription. Boiron offers Arnica in sublingual pellets, and as three different topicals – gel, cream and ointment – to help minimize discomfort for everyone from busy moms to professional athletes.
#5 • Quality manufacturing — Boiron’s Arnicare line is manufactured according to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and the FDA’s drug Good Manufacturing Practices.