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Before giving birth to my first son I welcomed all help and advice from friends and family who had been through the process of labour and birth. Any tips that they gave me to make the process easier, less painful or to help my recovery were gratefully welcomed and given consideration. One piece of advice offered was to pack arnica in my hospital bag and to begin taking this right after thge birth.
Now, I am not a big fan of natural or herbal remedies and my knowledge of them is by no means extensive. In fact, I had never heard of arnica. After a bit of research online, I learnt it was from the sunflower family and can be used to treat strains, sprains and bruises. Therefore, if taken after birth, it could help reduce any internal or external bruising I may suffer.
I purchased a tube of Nelsons arnica 30c pillules from Boots for around £5 (currently £5.99 - February 2014). This contained 84 pillules. The pillules are very small and can be removed from the tube by compressing the bottom twice (to remove two) and these can then be chewed or swallowed. They are so small that they are easy to swallow but have a sucrose coating so are sweet to the taste if you do wish to chew them. You take 2 pillules every 2 hours for the first six doses then you take them four times daily for up to 5 days.
I took my first dose within an hour of giving birth to my son. The pillules were easy to swallow even without water and did not leave any aftertaste. I continued to take the pillules for several days. Obviously, it is not possible to tell the exact effect of these pillules as I have no way of knowing what I would have felt like had I not taken them. However, I seemed to heal quickly and my pain and discomfort following a large number of stitches was much less than I had anticipated - with swelling reducing quickly and no visible bruising. So pleased was I with my recovery that I purchased another tube when I had my second baby recently and again took a course of these. Again, my recovery was quick (even better than the previous birth). I would therefore definitely recommend these to any friend due to have a baby and would use them again myself.
Most of you know by now that almost two months ago now I had a rather nasty accident involving my wrist. When the bandages came off the area was badly swollen and bruised, not to mention scarred. To try and help with this I have been using several products, one of which is this - arnica.
I have used Nelsons arnica gel and cream before on bruises and it has always worked well, although I've found that the gel tends to be better then the cream. However, this time partly because my mum thought they would be better and partly because I happened to have them lying around anyway, I have been using the Nelsons 30c arnica pillules. The bottle tells me that they can be used for the "symptomatic relief of muscular aches, swelling and bruising after contusions" so in theory exactly what I was after.
How To Take
The directions say to press down the bottom of the tube without taking the cap off in order to release two pillules into the cap, then tip these directly into your mouth. This is important as touching the pillules may reduce their effectiveness. Once in your mouth you are told that you should either chew them or place them under your tongue until they dissolve and that they should be taken between meals. The dosage is two every two hours for the first 6 doses then four times a day after that for no more then 7 days.
Taking the pillules is easy, they taste almost like sugar, certainly very sweet and so they should present no problems if you're trying to give this to a child as the taste won't be off-putting at all. Chewing them is probably the easiest way. I did try placing them under my tongue to dissolve but they take several minutes, far too long for me especially considering the fact that they're tiny! So I usually just gave in and chewed them in the end anyway. They're not especially hard to bite into and due to both their tiny size and sweet taste are very easy to take like this - if a little moreish!
I was taking this with the intention of reducing the bruising and swelling of the injury and so that's all I can really comment on. The bruising had completely gone away within two days and although the swelling was still there after I had finished the seven day course it was noticeably reduced, more so then I would have expected had I not been taking anything. So it had definitely made a difference to me, especially in regards to the bruising I experienced. This is especially impressive as I only actually took the pillules when I remembered which worked out to at most twice a day so half of the recommended dose.
As with any product of this nature this comes with some warnings. Namely, keep out of reach of children and if symptoms persist after 7 days or you experience any side effects then you should see your doctor.
Also, these contain lactose so you should probably avoid if you're sensitive to that and although the outer case is plastic the pillules themselves are contained within an inner glass tube so the container should be handled with care. The container should also be stored below 25 degrees.
Other Uses For Arnica
Arnica has become famous for its use with bruising but besides that and the swelling I've mentioned in this review it can also be used for sprains, problems with either your muscles or joints and insect bites. When used for insect bites applying the gel directly to the area will be more effective.
Also, if you can get it in diluted form then it can be used as a mouthwash to help with swollen gums or ulcers.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
These clearly had more of an effect on the bruising then it did on the swelling, however it did make a noticeable difference to both problems. The tube I have says that it contains a minimum of 84 pillules and the price tag on it is £5.19. I've had this a while so can't remember exactly where I got this from but there are 30 pillule tubes available in Holland and Barrett for £5.99, this seems a little expensive for me but larger tubes are available online.
They are expensive especially when you consider, if you take the full amount a 7 day course consists of 60 pillules! However, they do the job well and these are the only product I have used to reduce bruising and swelling so I can confirm that the results achieved are solely due to these pillules.
If you can find the larger 84 pack online then I'm happy to recommend them and give them the full 5 out of 5 as they do the job and do it well, however I don't think the £11.98 for one seven day course is worth it.
When it comes to alternative remedies and therapies I'm always up for tying them out particularly when they are recommended from other people. I like the idea of natural remedies and not clogging up my system with heavy medication when I don't have to.
Nelsons was a brand my best mate drew my attention to. She swears by the brand and I suffer with terrible backache she and told me Arnica was my way forward so off I went to Boots and stocked up with a few Arnica products to be honest with you and these at £5.10 for 84 tablets seemed a fair enough price to me if it rid me of my daily aches and pains!
The box the container comes in is white and purple in colour and not green as depicted (I'm not sure why not it appears to be exactly the same product and maybe the packaging has simply changed lately or something like that!). On the front of the box I'm told it is Nelsons, Arnicare, Arnica '30c' Pillules (Arnica Montana), 'A homoeopathic medicinal product used within the homoeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of sprains, muscular aches and bruising or swelling after contusions' and there is a plus sign on there and I'm told of course that there are 84 tablets within it. Other information on the box includes ingredients and dosage advice, warnings and cautions are listed and contact details for A.Nelson & Co are given. The tube they come in is also a purple and a see-through plastic looking contraption and to dispense the little pills all you do is click one end to dispense the tablets straight into the cap/lid to put them straight into your mouth (as your not meant to touch these). On the tube much the same information is listed on there as in the box. All in all it's nice enough and simple packaging that really is very informative and clear in what it's about and what they are for.
Adults And Children:
Take 2 pillules every 2 hours for the first 6 doses, then 4 times daily until symptoms improve for up to a maximum of 7 days.
To take them well all you do is pop a couple under your tongue or chew them up. They chew up in seconds or melt in a few. They are very tiny hard cased off white colour tablets that simply taste a little sugary really. Easy enough to take and like the directions for use state take 6 doses first off every 2 hours and then 4 times a day for about 7 days. The reason for this is that it is a rather high dosage and your meant to then lower the dose to which you buy another container of these but they're less potent and they (as far as I am aware of) are 6C and can be taken long term, this is just to give you a boost of Arnica.
I took them as prescribed and had high hopes for these relieving my backache. I took them on time and completely as directed to as well and thought well these must work seeing as it's only a quick burst of highly potent Arnica....but for me it did nothing at all but waste my money and my time. I dare say though it does depend on your ailments to be fair and I do have severe back and leg ache but I noted no difference whatsoever in my case and believe me I really did look for improvement!
Whether it works on bruises I don't know. I mean I actually did have one when taking this on my foot and it stayed put for a couple of days but I didn't notice it suddenly disappeared or anything like that.
For me these were useless and I took all of them and had the money put aside for the lower dose but gave up and won't be trying this particular remedy any time in the future.....sadly!!
Available in all good chemists, I purchased mine in Boots and they cost me £5.10 a tube.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Arnica is a herbaceous plant belonging to the sunflower family. Its roots have anti-inflammatory properties, although the efficacy of these properties is yet to be conclusively determined by clinical trials. However, make no mistake; when considering Nelsons Arnica (available in 30c or 6c dosage), the effect of the Arnica plant itself upon inflammation and bruising is entirely irrelevant. Nelsons Arnica is a homeopathic remedy, and there are two basic principles behind homeopathy. One is that "like treats like"; a substance that causes symptoms in a healthy person will cure the same symptoms in an ill person. The second is "succussion"; the symptom-causing substance undergoes a process of serial dilution until there are effectively no molecules of the original substance remaining in the remedy, and we are told that this actually enhances the therapeutic properties of the agent. This does sound absurd, but do remember that 200 years ago, when the idea was first proposed by Samuel Hahnemann, the scientific method did not exist as it does today and so it did perhaps seem like a feasible form of medicine. In 2009, however, I'm amazed that homeopathic remedies are still so widely used.
Nelsons Arnica comes in a tiny purple container with a "clikpak" dispenser. There are 84 pills and in order to release these, you press the bottom of the container and catch them in the cap. This is to prevent you from touching the pills, as instructions on the container insist that they must be tipped "directly into the mouth without being handled" because handling "may affect the effectiveness of the remedy"; a rather curious warning. The size of the container and the design of the dispenser mean that these are very easy to carry around if you feel the need. You can buy Nelsons Arnica from Nelsons stores, as well as from other alternative health merchants such as Holland and Barrett and some pharmacists, such as Boots.
As a skeptic, Nelsons Arnica has no effect on me whatsoever, positive or negative. This is because double-blind randomised controlled trials have consistently shown that homeopathic remedies are no more effective than placebo pills, and as I know exactly what homeopathy is this particular placebo will not work. For this reason I would not recommend purchasing these. At best, they are harmless sugar pills that, through the placebo effect, might make you feel a bit better, but beyond that there is no medical benefit to Nelsons Arnica. The real danger posed by these pills is that people will sidestep real medicine or medical advice in favour of them (and this is heightened by the fact that Boots, a pharmacist that is generally well trusted, supply them), and I would highly recommend that you saved your £5.
I have used Arnica for many years and have great faith in it's healing properties. I always think this is one of the essential homeopathic remedies to have a good supply of, as you never know when you might need it. It's a common remedy and most people who have an interest in homeopathy will have come across it at some time or other.
You can buy Arnica in the health shops in tablet and cream form.
A small bottle of Nelson's Arnica 30c tablets which you usually get 30 will cost around £3.50. These can also be bought at the health shop, or Holland and Barretts if there's on near you. They come in a light green plastic tube which has a twist top dispenser which you twist and click the bottom of the tube to deliver one tablet into the palm of your hand. The tablets are white and small.
Now you might not know this but Arnica is a plant.
It's common names are leopards bane, mountain tobacco and sneezewort.
It's a perrenial plant which grows to about ten inches high and has yellow flowers much like a daisy. Perrenials grow all year round, which is great as this stuff is essential to have in your supplies if your into homeopathy or alternate medicines.
It's native to Northern Asia and Siberia and on the mountain slopes of the Andes. It can also be found in parts of America and throughout Europe.
The Swiss mountain climbers used to chew it to help stop muscle pains when they were climbing.
The dried leaves have also been smoked as a for of tobacco, hence one of it's common names and the flowers when inhailed cause you to sneeze, which is how it got the name sneezewort.
It's the whole plant which is used in homeopathic remedies, a tincture can be made by pounding the leaves, root and flowers to a pulp. This is then mixed with alcohol and left to stand for eight days, before being strained and used.
The tablets can be taken for eye strain and skin conditions like eczema or boils.
As well as Whooping cough and for children who wet the bed due to nightmares. Gout, tooth extraction, after childbirth, after an operation, rhematic joints and shock.
This makes it a great herbal remedy for anyone who has had a nasty fall or accident as it will help to calm you down as well as being a great healer of cuts.
I was living in Wales for a while in a caravan and we had pulled into an old quarry, there was lots of boulders of welsh slate around and going out one day in the rain, I slipped and as I put my arms down to stop my fall I caught my left arm on a small boulder.
This cut my wrist very badly but being over 12 miles from the nearest town, I had to act quickly to stop the bleeding.
I went back to the caravan and promptly passed out.
My hubbie cleaned and bound the wound and when I came around he gave me two Arnica tablets to take. The pain subsided and the shakes from the shock went away. In the morning I took the bandage off to clean the wound and was surprised to see it had already started to heal.
I was lucky enough to have not been cut too deeply and my hubbie had put steri-strips on the wound, as I refuse to go to hospital for stitches.
I took two Arnica tablets three times a day for a week and now if you look at my wrist you can hardly see the scar, it is so faint you have to be told it is there before you can notice it.
Since this accident I have always had a good supply in my herbal remedy box.
Arnica is best suited to people like me who refuse to believe they are ill and won't give in until they are down and out.
The solemn person who hardly ever seeks medical advice.
I like this one and it really does work wonders, for bruises alongside comfrey it's one of the best.
I have used this for all the scapes and bruises for myself and children over the years and now use it on the grandchildren when they fall over.
Arnica Montana (Asteraceae/Compositae) Nelsons’ ClikPak of Arnica Montana homeopathic remedy is available in either 6c or 30c dosages – the c indicates the potency of the pillules. It is advisable to buy the 6c version as this is a more than adequate dosage for most treatments. Nelsons’ ClikPaks are green in colour, plastic vials that have a screw top lid at one end and a “clicker” at the other end. The idea is to dispense the recommended dosage into the unopened cap, then unscrew the cap and tip the pillules straight into a clean mouth. The advised dosage for Arnica Montana is two pillules every hour for six doses, then two pillules three times a day until better. In less urgent cases, take two pillules, three times a day. Children should only take half the adult does. This remedy can also be given to animals. The pillules must be sucked or chewed but not swallowed whole and is highly recommended as a first aid remedy for physical and emotional shock and injuries as it promotes healing of damaged tissues and helps control bleeding. I frequently use this homeopathic remedy and always keep a vial in my handbag for emergencies. Nelsons homeopathic remedies are inexpensive but every effective - each vial contains around 85 pillules. If you could have just one remedy, I would recommend that it be Arnica.
Nelsons is Europe?s oldest and the UK?s largest Brand of homoeopathic medicines. In response to consumers? growing awareness of, and demand for, homoeopathy we conducted extensive research and development