Arnica: The Wonder Herb
Arnica, which is also called as leopard’s bane, is an herbal plant that has a light yellow, daisy-like flower that basically blooms around July. But arnica is more than just a beautiful flower. Some preparations are made from its flowering heads for homeopathic medicine for hundreds of years.
Arnica is widely used from different places around the cosmos, and it establish its original place in Germany where arnica herb is so popular with over hundred drug preparations are created from the whole plant itself. Arnica is such a perennial plant that is protected in parts of Europe.
The arnica plant has particularly active components known as sesquiterpene lactones that are highly beneficial in reducing inflammation and are known to decrease pain. It also has other active principals like the thymol, which is an essential oil, flavonoids, inulin, carotenoids, and tannins. Aside from that, arnica has also a bitetr yellow crystalline principle, arnicin and phulin. It is noted by some experts and researchers that the arnica flower contains more arnicin than the rhizome, but no tannin.
In some European countries where arnica is indigenous, arnica has long been a very popular remedy for some illnesses. For example, in the North American colonies, the arnica flowers are widely applied in preference to the rhizome. It is also largely considered that the flower of this wonder herb has a tincture that is useful for external use such as for sprains, bruises, and wounds and also as paint for chilblains when the skin is unbroken.
There are also some reports which show that arnica functions through stimulation. It stimulates the activity of the white blood cells which do a lot of digestion of heaving blood. It also works by means of dispersing the trapped and messy fluids from bumped and bruised tissues, muscles as well as joints.
Due to its great potential for healing various illnesses, this particular herb also acquire its reputation for stimulating blood circulation and can raise blood pressure, most especially in the coronary arteries. Aside from such uses, the arnica herb is also applied to treat for arthritis, ulcers, burns, eczema, and acne. And it is found out that this plant has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities that are potential for reducing the pain and swelling, as well as for fast relief on wounds. Arnica is also good for chapped lips and irritated nostrils.
However, in applying the arnica herb, one must know that repeated applications may make serious inflammation. The arnica is also not often applied internally due to its irritant effect on the stomach. Many experts have noted that the arnica is stimulant and diuretic, as well as chiefly applied in low fevers and paralytic affections. Aside from that great and extra caution should be exercised though, as arnica is sometimes not applicable for some people especially those who are particularly sensitive to the plant and many serious cases of poisoning have come out from its use, especially to those who take it internally since the internal use of arnica can cause vomiting, weakness, nervous disturbances and increased heart rate.