Arnica has several names including mountain daisy and wolf’s bane. It comes from a yellow-orange flower called arnica montana which is found in Europe and Siberia’s mountains. The herbal remedy has several uses, but it is mainly used for pain management.
Looking at the rising opioid crisis and how damaging or addictive most painkillers are, a natural homeopathic remedy can make for a good alternative. Arnica can be used both orally and topically. While it is being used for centuries now, the plant’s benefits, uses, and risks have not been covered by much research. However, its use as a homeopathic treatment continues till day.
Typically, arnica’s use is for addressing muscle stiffness, bruising, joint pain, and inflammation. There are several other uses of arnica as well. Unfortunately, though, the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve of it. The FDA has listed the plant as poisonous and hence, unsafe for oral ingestion
Is The Homeopathic Use Of Arnica Safe?
A homeopathic doctor may recommend the use of arnica supplement if you have bruising or pain. Arnica also plays the role of a powerful blood-thinning agent. This is because arnica can purify blood and help in busting blood clots by eliminating the toxins that form them. However, no homeopathic arnica remedies or even arnica tea has the approval of the FDA.
In homeopathy, the arnica remedies used are so dilute that there is little to no risk of poisoning. Typically, homeopathic arnica comes in the form of capsules. Studies conducted on homeopathic arnica have also found it to be safe for consumption. However, overdosing on even homeopathic arnica is possible and comes with several side effects.
These range from diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting to internal bleeding. In 2013, a study showed that a person overdosed on homeopathic arnica which caused loss of vision temporarily as well as vomiting. The common view is that you shouldn’t use arnica in combination with anticoagulants and antiplatelets. This is because too slow clotting can increase the risk of bruises and bleeding.
Sometimes homeopathic arnica is given along with another medicine. For instance, for someone who has clotting as well as hypertension, another remedy for lowering BO might be recommended. This is because arnica comes with the risk of elevating blood pressure markers. If you do decide to take the homeopathic path, be sure to consult a professional.
Risks Associated With Arnica
The use of arnica comes a number of risks. Here’s a look at these:
- Arnica can interact with blood thinners such as Plavix
- It can cause digestive discomfort. People who struggle with Crohn’s disease, IBS, etc. should not consume arnica
- The plant can increase the heart rate of the user
- It can cause shortness in breath and irritate the mouth and throat
- It may also cause heart damage, high blood pressure, organ failure, coma and even death
Before going for arnica, discuss your medical history with your doctor. You should be cautious about use if you take other medications as well.