All About Arnica

Five Things You Need to Know About Arnica Montana

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, a German nun, wrote about the healing properties of the Arnica montana plant in the 12th century. Since at least the 16th century, mountain people in that area have used it to relieve muscle aches and bruises.

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.

Safe to use for whole family

In its homeopathic oral form, Arnica has a low risk of side effects and does not interact with other medications, helping people of all ages to recover from muscle aches, stiffness, and bruising no matter what the activity.

Available over the counter in many forms

Arnica is available without a prescription. Boiron offers Arnica in sublingual pellets, and as four different topicals – gel, creamointment, and bruise – to help minimize discomfort for everyone from busy moms to professional athletes.

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.