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arnica topical (generic name)

a topical agent - treats Ileus, Coagulation, Osteoarthritis, Diabetic retinopathy, Stroke, Diarrhea in children, Pain, Muscle soreness, Bruising, and Trauma
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Arnica (Arnica chamissonis, Arnica cordifolia, Arnica fulgens, Arnica latifolia, Arnica montana, Arnica sororia)

Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abortifacient (inducing abortion), abscess (homeopathy), acne, alopecia (hair loss), angina pectoris (chest pain), antibacterial, antifungal, antihistamine, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, aphthous ulcers, asthma, atherosclerosis, back pain, bad breath, bed sores, blindness, blood loss (postpartum), boils (topical), breast tenderness, bronchitis, burns (post-laser treatment), cancer, canker sores, cardiac abnormalities, cardiotonic, carpal tunnel syndrome, chapped lips, chilblains (cold blisters), chronic venous insufficiency, concussions, contusions, corns, coronary artery disease, cough (smoker's cough), cramps, decongestant, dental caries, diabetes, diaphoretic (induces sweating), diarrhea, dislocations (topical), diuretic (increases urine flow), dysentery (severe diarrhea), exercise performance, exhaustion, eye strain/fatigue, fever (intermittent or traumatic), fibromyalgia, fractures, furunculosis (skin disease), gallstones, gingivitis, gonarthrosis (chronic wear of cartilage in knee joints), hepatitis, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), immunostimulant, inflammation, influenza, insect bites, irritated mucous membranes (nostrils), joint pain (topical), kidney problems, liver disorders, mastitis (breast infection/inflammation), miscarriage, musculoskeletal injury, myocarditis/ endocarditis (heart infections), nerve pain, paralysis (spinal), perineal trauma, pharyngitis (sore throat), pleural effusions, pulmonary embolism, respiratory problems, rheumatoid arthritis, sore throat, stimulant, surgical uses, swelling, tender feet, thirst, thrombophlebitis, tumors, varicose veins, whooping cough, wound healing.

Dosing

Adults (18 years and older)

Arnica is toxic if taken internally except when diluted into homeopathic preparations. Homeopathic treatment is usually individualized to correspond specifically to the patient's symptoms. Typical homeopathic dosing uses either 5C or 30C potency tablets sublingually (under the tongue) three times a day. Doses can be taken for 24 hours or up to six months, although a qualified healthcare practitioner, including a pharmacist, should be consulted before making decisions about dosing.

Other forms of arnica dosing include tinctures taken by mouth, or ointments and fresh plant gel applied on the skin. There is not enough scientific evidence to give specific doses or times for these forms.

Children (younger than 18 years)

There is no proven safe or effective dose of arnica in children.

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