Weeds and trees... The Medicine of kings, queens and dukes from numerous countries around the world. Kings, queens and dukes of Austria, Spain, Italy, and Prussia were all supporters of the use of Homeopathy including Czars of Russia. Queen Elizabeth said this about Arnica "I think Arnica is the most marvelous medicine and every doctor, including those not trained in homeopathy, should use Arnica."
Arnica is found growing wild in mountainous areas and can be primarily recognized by the orange blooms. Arnica is cultivated in India, former Yugoslavia, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Russia. It is native to the mountains of Europe.
Believe it or not Arnica is a kin to the sunflower of the Asteracea family. It’s a small glowing sun for those suffering from sore muscles, pain and inflammation. Don’t let its size deceive you though. It is a pretty powerful herb! Arnica is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic herb. Be careful however, not to confuse this flower with other pretty yellow flowering herbs. Arnica should not be taken internally except in extremely small doses under the care of a Master herbalist and a licensed physician.
Arnica can be used in...
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Some of Arnica's warnings and contraindications: According to the PDR for Herbal Medicines third edition, Do not use Arnica preparations on mucous membranes, eyes, or damaged skin. Arnica is contraindicated in people with a known sensitivity to members of the daisy family, such as chamomile, marigold, or yarrow. Arnica should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Internal use is not recommended. Oral use has been reported to cause gastroenteritis, stomach pain, severe diarrhea, vomiting, cardiac arrest and death. Drug interactions: Do not use Arnica if you are taking anticoagulants, antiplatelet, Low molecular weight heparins, and Thrombolytic agents.
Some of Arnica’s botanical names are Arnica montana , Arnica chamissinis and Arnica cordifolia. You may have heard it called by other names such as Arnica flowers, Arnica root, Common Arnica, Leopard’s Bane, Wolfsbane and Mountain tobacco and it grows naturally in the mountains.
Medicinally Arnica was used for wounds, bruises and sprains by the Native Americans. They called it leopard’s bane and Mountain Tobacco. They called it Mountain tobacco because the shape of its leaves look like the Tobacco plants leaves. . Arnica was used by health practitioners and physicians in the 19th century and is still used today. It is used in hundreds of products around the world. Check out Green Lotus Studio’s Arnica pain Balm and soap!
In wrapping things up … Arnica is a herb that helps a lot of people that are in excruciating pain when used correctly. If you are in need of a Master herbalist Please go to this link and arrange for a session with Master Herbalist Donna M. Mcgee and she will set you on the right path.
This Material is intended as an information guide only. Green Lotus Studios is not prescribing any of the substances. Any Remedies, approaches and techniques described within are meant to supplement, and they are not a substitute for professional medical care or treatment. They should not be used to treat a serious ailment without prior consultation with a qualified healthcare professional.
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My information came from the following references.
PDR For Herbal Medicines third edition, copy right 2004, published by Thomsom PDR at Montvale, NJ
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/the-kings-homeopath_b_827499.html , posted 2/27/2011 12:25pm
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