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This review covers homeopathic strength arnica pills available without prescription from a homeopathic pharmacy or practictioner. What are they? Arnica is a plant that has, for many years been associated with the healing of bruises. It is available in a cream for use on external bruising and a pill form that you can use for pulled muscles and other internal bruising. Where do I get it? Boots sell some arnica pills but these are a fairly low dosage so if you would like "the hard stuff" then go to a homeopathic pharmacy or homeopath. The up side is that the pills you will get from the homeopath are 5 times stronger and more concentrated than the Boots ones but I have found them much more effective. The downside is that you have to pay for them, but at my local homeopathic pharmacy the pills are £2.99 for 200 so they won't break the bank. When would I take them? Well I first took them after having my son earlier this year. I had to have intervention and was really sore and bruised. The midwives immediately sent my husband off to the homeopathic pharmacy for arnica and told me to take it for 10 days. I also took them when I fell off a step in my garden and pulled all the muscles in my lower back. And again when I pulled my shoulder muscles horse riding. how do you take them? if you get the proper homeopathic strength ones you have to take two tablets up to three times daily. It is important that you don't have food / drink for 20 minutes before or after and ideally you should be avoiding coffee. Now with a new born baby avoiding coffee was impossible and hubby forgot to tell me the no food rule so I just took the pills and it worked. You hold them under your tongue for 30 seconds and then either chew or suck them. Take the pills for up to 10 days or stop when you feel better. What do they taste of? To be honest they just taste sweet so not too nasty. The smell of the pills is strange - it is almost alcoholic mixed with herbs. They should be kept out of direct sunlight. Do they work? i know that homeopathy doesnt work and that the NHS is refusing to fund it anymore BUT for me these pills are a miracle. I guess that when I had my baby I had nothing to compare my recovery too so could not say 100% if these helped or not. BUT with my back and shoulder injuries the recovery was so much quicker than when I have pulled muscles in the past - when I pulled my back last year it took me a week to feel 100% better - with these pills just 2 days. What is the magic ingrediant? Just arnica - a plant extract so there is no risk of any side effects. Does it just work for you? My hubby is a TOTAL SCEPTIC when it comes to all things airy fairy like homeopathy. He took these pills when he pulled his thigh playing netball (yes blokes play netball too) and was amazed when he recovered more quickly than usual too. Would I recommend? 100% - for me they are amazing and even my husband is now converted. At worst they are a placebo which at least makes you feel better BUT I genuinely think that the plant heals you up. Having used arnica cream for years on external bruises and seen them disappear much faster than normal bruises I see no reason why this should not work internally. Give arnica a try!
I'm a firm believer in alternative therapies and of using herbs and plants for healing. Arnica is a plant that is found mainly in the mountainous regions of Europe and Siberia and has been a popular treatment since the 1500's. It is the bright yellow flower from the Arnica plant that is used in preparing homeopathic treatments, it is dried and made into creams tinictures and tablets and is used by millions of people all over the world for its healing and antiseptic properties. When I had an operation on my nose to correct my septum the surgeon recommended I take Arnica tablets prior to my operation for one week and then again afterwards for two weeks as he said this would help to minimize bruising. I took my Arnica tablets religiously before and after the op but I still had severe bruising so I can't say for sure whether they helped. It did make me feel slightly better knowing that I was doing something proactive to try and help my healing so maybe they had a placebo effect on me but as for the bruising I wouldn't say I was impressed. I also use Arnica in soap form which I'm more impressed with. My skin is very reactive and sensitive and when I have a breakout I use the Arnica soap and it calms it straight down. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and I wash my face once then rinse off and then I re apply the soap and leave it for ten minutes to absorb into my skin before washing off again. After doing this my skin is usually much better and the flare up calms down and 9 times out of ten it is enough to stop the itching and redness. Another good way to use Arnica is for sprains and muscle pain. You can buy a tea that you either put into your bath water or a foot bath and it will help ease the pain. Personally if I have muscle ache I soak a cloth in the tea and place it directly to the muscle as a poultice and it really does help with the stiffness and pain so it might be an idea to try this if you suffer from arthritis. It won't cure you but it might help with the pain. Other uses that Arnica is recommended for include: * Sprains * Strains * Bruises * Anti-inflammatory * Joint pain * Arthritis * Gout * Herpes * Cold Sores * Scar healing * Eczema * Insect bites * Acne * Boils Arnica is available in all good health stores and you can buy the cream and tablets in loads of high street stores such as boots and Holland and Barrett. The most popular preparation seems to be the bruise cream which I think is a good way to help heal bruises if you suffer from bruising easily. Although I wasn't impressed with the tablets I used for surgery I like Arnica in tinicture and cream form and I think it works better as a topical treatment rather than an internal one. I feel the Arnica actually needs to absorb into the bruise/strain to help. I know a lot of people are skeptical of natural remedies but the power of plants have been used for thousands of years and as Arnica does not interfere with traditional treatments you have nothing to lose by giving it a shot and seeing if it can help you.
In my family, if someone mentions arnica, we immediately think of the time when, as children, my two sisters locked themselves in my grandma's bathroom and proceeded to munch their way through about half a bottle of arnica tablets before they were caught. Fortunately it didn't do them any harm, but I'm sure they were incapable of bruising for about a week. I wouldn't advise that you trying it though, as large oral doses can be quite harmful. What it is Arnica montana, also known as wolf's bane, contains an anti-inflammatory compound called helenalin, which effectively reduces inflammation, soothes muscles and heal wounds. It's also extremely effective at reducing bruising. Arnica has been used since the 1500s, both in Europe and America, and if that wasn't enough my grandma swears by it. Arnica is most commonly available in gels or creams, but can also be found in tablet form or can be prepared as a tincture. However, as I've only ever used the gel form, this is what the review below concerns My experience of using arnica About 5months ago I went on a caving trip with a club that I belong to. There was some mix-up, however, and whilst the majority of the caving kit made it to the caves, the kneepads didn't. You'd be surprised how much of a beating your knees get where you're caving, because you're constantly crawling over pointy rocks and bashing yourself off things. Then to make matters worse I stumbled whilst crossing a subterranean river and smacked my knee off a submerged rock. I think I spent the next few minutes after that inventing new swear words. The long and short of that story however, is that my knees went all sorts of interesting colours thanks to the massive amount of bruising, and they were swollen and painful to walk on. For a few days I hobbled around in agony, until my Grandma took one look at my knees and went for the arnica gel, which was applied liberally. I was amazed at how quickly that the gel worked. The next day my knees were a much better colour and no longer anywhere near as swollen. After three days they were almost back to normal. I generally heal quite slowly, and I couldn't get over how rapidly that the bruising had disappeared. I used the gel for another two days, but stopped after that for a while because arnica can cause eczema, peeling, blisters, or other skin conditions if used for prolonged periods. Other uses Since then, I've used arnica gel for all sorts of injuries such as sprains, muscle ache, even insect bites, and every time I have been pleased, if not shocked by how well it works. Arnica can also be used for wound healing, superficial phlebitis, rheumatic pain and swelling due to fractures, but as I've never used it for this treatment I couldn't say how effective it would be. Now I tend to carry some with me in my car, as it works really well if you apply it as soon as you hurt yourself, reducing the amount of swelling immediately. I would- and have- recommend it to anyone.
I was flicking through the TV channels the other week and I stopped on QVC who happened to be selling Arnica Gel. This gel was being described as a wonder gel when it comes to bruises and stiffness in joints and muscles. My Mum suffers from a condition called Lupus which causes very painful joints and muscles. This conditin also makes her bruise very easily, with this in mind I ordered her some. I ordered a 500ml bottle of Arnica Gel from the Simply Beautiful Cosmetics range for £19.50 plus p&p. The gel comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. It has a simple white label on it with a picture of the Arnica flower. It is a dark golden colour and quite runny for gel. The idea is that you massage the gel into any bruises or painful and aching joints and muscles. The gel is non oily and soaks into your skin very easily. If you can get the gel rubbed into bumps quickly enough it states that the bruise wont come out as bad. My Mum used the Arnica Gel and found it moderately successful on her bruises if she applied it quickly before the bruise fully came out, it did seem to heal and fade them a bit quicker. But as for the painful joints and muscles she felt no benefit at all. We were both disappointed with this result. However I have since used it for a shoulder and neck strain and I found it to be very good, it really soothed the pain out of my muscles My Fiancé also uses it after footie and he says he really feels the benefit. Arnica can be used on anyone from the elderly to small children. It can be used on any part of the body, but not on broken skin,and according to QVC you can apply it as many times as you like. Arnica comes from the plant "Arnica Montana" which is found in the mountain pastures of Europe, Russia, The Pyrenees, North America and Canada. It is from the sunflower family. Arnica can be purchased in cream form as well as the gel and I believe QVC also do a bath soak with Arnica in. I'm very pleased with the Arnica Gel it works really well for Mark and myself I am a bit upset it didn't work as well for Mum but I would definatly recommend it and have since got another bottle for myself!
Arnica Montana or Wolfs Bane, is widely reputed to be a great healer for the body. It can be used as a cream or lotion or even taken as a tablet. Either way some people swear by it and if you are someone who likes to try herbal based solutions before resorting to other means, Arnica is worth a try. Now who would have thought this innocent looking yellow flowered, furry leaved plant would hold so much goodness within. I for one had no idea about Arnica, till a family member took it after treatment, to help aid recovery. I was soon quite impressed with how the results seemed and how much of a positive effect the Arnica had on the person taking it. ********************************************************** The Arnica root has properties within it which promote healing and have anti inflammatory capabilities. Arnica can promote quicker wound healing and has been compared very favorably to well known drugs such as diclofenac for those healing powers. Homeopathic remedies often contain Arnica and are available at many chemists and health shops in a variety of forms. One of the products I like is the Boots Arnica Bruise Relief Cream. If you haven't seen this or tried it then it may be worth considering. As I have found it to give good results, if applied soon after the incident. ********************************************************** You get a 30ml tube of cream for £4.25 and I tend to wait till the health care items are on Bogof or 3 4 2 deals to buy this. In case you want to look out for this, the cream comes in a small mid green cardboard box with a leaf on the front. Its clearly labeled as being Arnica Bruise Relief. If you cannot locate it in store then do ask at the pharmacy counter. Its good to apply a sparing layer of Arnica Bruise Relief cream to bruised skin as soon as you can. The cream is safe for use for both adults and children alike, unless you have shown allergic reactions to this or similar products. I haven't found the cream greasy or too oily on the skin. If you apply the cream swiftly it helps with the healing process and means that bruises appear less pronounced and disappear more quickly from the skin. If there is any swelling associated with the bruising, that is also reduced noticeably. ********************************************************** I would recommend this product as a keeper for your first aid kit, especially if you or your children are prone to knocks or bruises. You shouldn't apply the cream to broken skin though. There are other similar products like the Nelsons range which make a handy Arnica stick, a kind of fix it stick for the body. Its more easily accepted by smaller children and costs only a little more than the Boots Arnica cream. ********************************************************** I do know that Arnica can be taken in tablet form, but as yet as I haven't used the tablets I feel I ought not comment too much on those, other than to say that people I know that have used them say they have felt the benefits of taking them. There are also Arnica sprays and gels which offer similar effects to the 2 products I have tried. These are also worth looking in to. As with any medicinal product that you take in tablet form, its always best to consult with a qualified person and seek advice before you start any form of treatment. If you are pregnant then do check if you should be using Arnica at all. ********************************************************** The rating I am giving for Arnica is for the results we have had when using the Arnica cream and Arnica stick only. These have produced good results and so a rating of at least 4 stars seems about right. Had I also tried the tablets and been able to discuss those results the rating may have gone higher.
Last year I had to have an operation called a lumbar discectomy where one of my discs between the vertebrae in my back had to be removed and the two vertebrae fused together. This was a five hour operation that resulted in an incision being made that was about five inches long along the bottom of my spine. I recovered fairly quickly, but the operation site was obviously very bruised, sore and stiff. I moaned about it enough that eventually a friend of mine bought me a present. No....it wasn't chocolate or flowers...but a small bottle of Weleda Arnica 30C tablets. Now, I have to admit that I am a bit of a skeptic when it comes to homeopathy.....I've read the science and it doesn't make sense to me(!).....but I thought I had nothing to loose - and it seemed ungrateful not to take them after my friend had purchased them for me. Having read the bumf, it said that Arnica tablets are the product of a homeopathic process involving daisy-like plants and that they believe that Arnica works by stimulating white blood cells into the damaged area and then the white blood cells help to disperse the fluid that collects around the damaged area - thereby reducing inflammation, pressure, stiffness etc. The tablets themselves are tiny, round, white tablets that are only about 3mm in diameter. To take them, you are advised to chew them. I took two at a time and, as I chewed them, they broke up very easily and tasted ever so slightly sweet. The taste isn't unpleasant at all. Basically I took the tablets every few hours when I was awake (up to 6 doses a day) and did so for about a week. Now, I do have to say that in the process of taking the tablets, the stiffness in my back did become easier and the bruising reduced. This became noticeable after about three days after I started taking them. However, what I'm not a hundred percent sure of is whether this was a result of the Arnica itself or whether it was simply because of the natural healing process. What is clear is that the Arnica didn't have any unpleasant side-effects and it certainly didn't make my back or my wound any worse - and potentially it did give nature a little bit of a helping hand - and so its all good! I'm still a bit of a skeptic, but should I have another operation or severe bruising again, I would take the Arnica just because it might help a little.
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 where, there were 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.
I just recently bought Arnica gel after reading about online. I was sure it would not work. But, to my surprise it got rid of a very large bruise on my leg. The bruise was so large that I thought I would have it for months. Well to my surprise using the gel twice a day got rid of it in two weeks. I would see improvement everyday. I bought mine at a GNC store. They carry a large size ( which I have ) and a smaller tube size that I think if you are skeptical about it might just be the way to go. Give it a try.
I have been a long time fan of arnica. I have never been keen on conventional medicine as my take on it is that whatever drug you are putting into your body often causes more problems than your original complaint! I have used arnica mostly for stiffness and predominantly bruising. You always hope that a little bit of what you preach to your children over the years actually sticks with them and am I glad that this pearl of wisdom did! My two daughters (both well past teenage stage) were out on the town and partaking of a few libations. My eldest daughter stumbled and fell (in her defence the road was slippery) and broke her nose. Luckily it was outside her flat so after cleaning her up my daughter started applying arnica gel to the area and also around her eyes. The next day they went to the local A&E department and the doctor who examined her was absolutely amazed that apart from some swelling there was absolutely no bruising at all and in fact none developed. He congratulated my daughter on her quick thinking and they have been arnica fans since. A friend of mine recently went into hospital for some cosmetic surgery procedures and she was advised to take arnica tablets for a couple of weeks before and a couple of weeks after to help with any bruising. This is a must of every medicine cabinet - fantastic for all age groups!
My experience with Arnica has been wonderful. I started taking the tablets within 1/2 hours after knee surgery & then as instructed on the bottle. They greatly helped to reduce the swelling & bruising (what bruising?) After 2 days, I was permitted to take the tensor off, so then I have been using the gel as well. What a wonderful plant Arnica is. I will definetly recommend it to anybody that I know is having any surgery, or for bruises.
At any one time, my poor battered body can be boasting any number of bruises. Now normally this doesn’t bug me - they’re always a conversation starter, and they help add a little colour to otherwise dull surroundings – but at the moment all they’re doing is disrupting the lovely golden tan I picked up of Easter, and that is, quite frankly, annoying. When I was younger I went through a phase of reading any books that had references to ballet or to dancing in general in them. One trilogy, which later turned into a Douglas Adams’ style “trilogy in 4 parts” was written by Susan Hampshire. The 3rd book in the set – “Lucy Jane and the Dancing Competition” – sees our often annoying little star injured just before an important exam. Darn. Anyway, the point is that her mother, a nurse, says she needs to use Arnica to take down the bruising and help her heal faster. This was the first time I’d heard of the herb, but since it wasn’t relevant at the time, I stored the info at the back of my mind for retrieval at a later date. Fast forward a good number of years (about 10 I think) and you end up once more with me. And my tan. And my bruises. Luckily, my mother hadn’t seen me for a while and wasn’t as used to my colourful body as certain uncaring friends / partners are, whose duty, it seems, is simply to cause more of the beauties to appear. Shocked at my appearance, mummy dearest disappeared off to work one day and returned in the evening with a Boots bag in her hand. “Arnica”, she said. “Ah,” I said, my brain whirring, “Just like Lucy Jane used to have”. “Huh?” she said. Honestly, years and years of reading me bedtime stories, and she can’t remember. Anyway… Never let it be said that I am one to play about with herbs willy-nilly, but if Lucy Jane could use the stuf f and go on to win a trophy or two in the competition and – a book later – go off to train in Russia with the best dancers in the world, it must work at least, y’know, a bit. Or, in any case, not kill or cripple you. The first time I put on the cream it hurt, mainly because the base of my spine was bruised beyond belief thanks to a certain water-park in Tenerife. Touching it in any way, shape or form made me shriek, so naturally, massaging in a soft gooey cream wasn’t going to be pain free. But, surprisingly, I soon noticed a difference. The cream is cool. It’s calming in a way, and mmmm, it feels nice. I applied it to all my bruises and sat back and waited. It’s a few weeks later and I truly believe, now, that the original saying was “a watched bruise never fades”. I spent hours looking down at my legs and arms, and standing half naked on a chair peering over my shoulder into a mirror to check out my back, but to no avail. Not once did I see anything fading into oblivion and yet all the bruises I had at that time are now gone. Spooky. It’s non-greasy and non-perfumed and rather lovely. I’d substitute it for massage oil it’s that nice, if only it didn’t cost so much – Boots have it at £3.60 for 30g (a decent sized tube, even the amount of coverage I need), or £3.80 for 84 pills. I wouldn’t say that Arnica’s a magical solution, but it certainly works on my bruising. Generally speaking, from the last 3 weeks of experimenting, I’d say my bruises are going twice as fast as before. If I know I’ve fallen at trampolining or somewhere, I’ll put on some cream before the bruise even appears, and when one turns up without warning or recollection of how it got there (as happens all too often) I’ll slap on some of the sticky stuff and – here’s the crucial bit – look away for a few days while it does its work. ~~ Some Facts : ~~ · Arnica works by improving the blood supply to the area to which it is applied, and as a result speeds up the healing process. If taken as a pill, it stimulates the circulation in general, and helps to stem internal bleeding. · As well as bruising, Arnica can be used to help sort out muscle sprains and strains, stiffness and swelling. If you’re having major dental treatment, taking it before you arrive at the surgery can help. Nice and current at the moment, marathoners often use arnica before a race to improve their performance and to minimize the pain that can result from injuries. It can be used to help angina sufferers, and those with weak or failing hearts, but as it can be toxic even in low doses, it's practically never used in this way. · It comes in various forms, from balms and creams to pills, oils and gels, but all work in the same way (except for the consumable version which works internally rather than externally). In cream form it last for a long time – up to 4 or 5 years – assuming you follow storage instructions, namely to keep it in a cool place (and of course away from children). · It has been used throughout the world for years. In fact, a search for it on the web brings up an array of hits for all sorts of different countries, all of whom claim to have discovered it first…. It is widely available in the UK from Boots, independent pharmacies, health food shops and supermarkets, and is available without a prescription. · “Street Names” include Arnica Montana, Mountain Daisy, Leopard's Bane, Wolf's Bane and Mountain Tobacco. Arnica has a bright yellow or orange daisy-like flower, and grows along mountains in the northern USA, Canada and Europe. In many areas it’s a protected plant because numbers have been dwindling in recent years, despite replantation efforts when it’s taken off to be, erm, creamified. · Most allergic reactions occur in people sensitive to helenalin and in the form of a mild rash. This isn’t serious, but you should stop using the herb to prevent problems. For more info talk to your pharmacist of have a look at these sites: www.kcweb.com/herb/arnica.htm www.nojetlag.com/arnica.html www.healthy.net/asp/templates/article.asp?PageType=article&ID=2055
I was dreading the long haul flight that was coming up from down under to the Uk and was worried about how I would feel when I got here and how long it would take my body clock to recover and re-adjust. A friend who is into homeopathic remedies and has tried every vitamin in the book recommended Arnica as one of the very few things you should never forget to pack when travelling. You can buy it in tablet or formula-this which is more convenient b/c it doesnt need to be taken as frequently as the tablets. I was advised to start taking one tablet a day two days before the flight, and then one every three to four hours during the flight (but I slept the majority of the fligt so didnt stick to this rigurously)and then one twice a day after landing. Although this was the first time I have done such a long flight and taken arnica it is hard to say just how good it worked as I had nothing to compare it with. I however didnt find my body clock took very long to adjust to UK time although we had the problem of waking up dizzy every morning b/c of the central heating as we were used to fresh sea air. I would recommend the arnica if you are travelling and dont want to waste time trying to get over jet lag when you are on holidays, also to help prevent jet lag you need to stop dehydration, so as we all know drink plenty of water, and forget getting tipsy and dowing that coffee to stay awake, it will catch up with you !!! Arnica is worth a try, go to your Heath Food Shop and talk to a natropath or homeopath about it and its recommended dosage.
I have had fairly severe arthritis for many years now, and have tried a great many remedies, raging from those prescribed by the doctor to simple painkillers and a variety of more natural remedies. Of those natural remedies, perhaps the most effective, for me, has been arnica, which has become something I have repurchased a number of times because I do believe it offers some relief. I originally started taking the arnica homeopathic tablets. For some time they did not seem to be especially effective. Then I went out shopping for a whole day, something which I now usually avoid because I know I will suffer for it for the days that follow. However, having, on my therapist's insistance, upped my dose for that day to what they call the 'acute' level, I found that the increased aching I would usually expect in my back and joints was not nearly as bad. Now if I am going to do anything, from sitting somewhere draughty to going shopping that I know would usually make my arthritis play up I just take the maximum dose of arnica the day before, on the day of the activity and the day afterwards. It doesn't stop the pain completely, but I definitely notice a difference if I forget and dodn't take the pills. I am not usually very keen on taking more pills than necessary, but because these have no side effects and don't contain any strong ingredients, I don't mind so much. The worst thing about it is that I can't have a cup of tea for at least 30 minutes before or afterwards! A new arnica product which I am also using is a gel which was a gift from my daughter. This is made by SBC and, after trying it out in a variety of ways, I find this works best if I massage it into my hands when the arthritis gets bad there. Once again, it does not completely make the pain go away, but does seem to loosen everything up and makes me more able to do activities like typing. None of these products is very expens ive and there is no risk of any harmful effects or bad interactions with other medicines so I would very happily recommend them to anyone
I discovered the benefits of Arnica, a homoepathic remedy, after my horse had some severe bruising and swelling on her legs following an incident. Since this I will use nothing else, it worked superbly bringing the swelling down almost immediately and making her look and feel a whole lot more comfortable. Apparently its for mental bruising too, which would have helped as she definately had mental bruising following her unfortunate incident. I used the tablet form of Arnica as it can be purchased in both tablet and cream. Apparently you can then finish to course completely, by after using Arnica for 5 days, finish off with a few days of Rhus Tox, which is useful for stiffness.
My mother has been using this on me since I can remember, as I was one of those children always banging into things nad falling off stuff.... My dad did amateur boxing and it was one of the essential things he had as part of his 'kit'....... It is really good for bruises, if it is put on a bump right after it has happened, there will be no brusing at all, and the relief is incredible... It is all natural, and it very inexpensive and vital for kids, it doesn't hurt. It is readily available in most chemists.
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