Frequently Asked Questions

How to Use Arnicare

Arnicare Gel is non-sticky, non-greasy and is quickly absorbed by the skin. Arnicare Cream’s soothing effect makes it ideal for massaging sore muscles.

The recommended frequency of application for all Arnicare topicals is three times a day.

If after three days you show no improvement, we recommend consulting your health care professional. If your symptoms improve, and you would like to use Arnicare for a longer period of time, please consult your health care professional.

When applicable, use the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for 20 minutes before applying Arnicare, provided the skin is unbroken. When using this product, do not bandage tightly or use a heating pad. If applying ice, wait for the skin to return to normal temperature before applying the product. As your treatment progresses, make sure Arnicare is no longer present on the skin before applying any more ice or a heating pad.

Ingredients & Formulation

Boiron Arnicare topicals contain Arnica montana 1X HPUS. Arnicare oral tablets and pellets are formulated with other homeopathic dilutions of Arnica montana, including 9C and 30C.

A homeopathic medicine’s active ingredients are listed on the product label in Latin, which is the international packaging standard.

HPUS stands for Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The HPUS defines the production and usage standards recognized by all reputable manufacturers and the federal government. It also establishes the first safe dilution level of homeopathic active ingredients used as OTCs for adults and children. Consumers should look for this acronym on labels of homeopathic products. It ensures consumers that the ingredients were prepared according to the high standards of this official guideline.

All Boiron Arnicare topicals are free of fragrances, dyes, and parabens. Arnicare oral tablets and pellets do not contain artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, or preservatives.

A small number of people are allergic to plants from the daisy family, and therefore may be allergic to Arnica montana. Do not use if you are allergic to Arnica montana or to any of the product’s inactive ingredients.

Product Safety

Arnicare has a low risk of side effects when used as directed and no contraindications. It can be safely taken with other medications and is sometimes recommended to complement other treatments. When using this product, use only as directed, and do not bandage the area tightly. A small number of people are allergic to plants from the daisy family, and therefore may be allergic to Arnica montana. Do not use if you are allergic to Arnica montana or to any of this product’s inactive ingredients. If in doubt, try the topical on a small area first, and wait two hours to see how your skin reacts before applying it to a larger area. If itchiness or redness occurs, discontinue using the topical. These cases are very rare.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your health care professional before taking any medicine, including Arnicare. If your health care professional needs more information on our medicines, he/she can contact us at 1-800-BOIRON-1.

No, we do not recommend using Arnicare past its expiration date.

Other Information

Yes, over-the-counter medicines like Boiron Arnicare topicals and tablets are classified as a “medical expense,” making them eligible for reimbursement. That means you can use your HSA or FSA funds to pay for Boiron Arnicare products.

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses diluted substances to relieve symptoms. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines include diluted plants, animals, or minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (e.g., a microdose of coffee bean helps to relieve nervousness).

Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years. They are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Today, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by health care professionals around the world to relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain, and teething.