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apply arnica gel on the stomach at least three to four times a day. Healing qualities Arnica has been used in topical preparations for healing bruises, muscle aches, superficial phlebitis, wounds and swelling due to insect bites and fractures. It can be used as a mouthwash or gargle for treating sore throat and infections. Arnica also can asist in the regeneration of tissues and can heal injuries. It is also effective in healing burns. It improves blood circulation by stimulating white blood cell activity, decreasing the amount of healing time and reducing inflammation. Treatment of post-surgery pain A study conducted in 2007 observed that taking a homeopathic dilution of arnica resulted in a decrease in pain in patients whose tonsils were removed. Similarly, taking a homeopathic dilution of arnica and applied topically as an ointment can reduce post-surgery pain in patients undergoing surgery. Treatment of bruises and black eyes/post-surgery swelling Arnica is effective in reducing the appearance of bruises. It is therefore used post-operatively after blepharoplasty to help sooth the swelling and bruising. Topical application of arnica extract on bruises and black eyes can significantly improve the condition. Infusions from arnica plant are effective in the treatment of dark nails, caused due to injury. A study conducted in 2006 proved that intake of homeopathic dilution of arnica may reduce post-operative swelling in patients undergoing arthroscopy.

TREATMENT FOR STRESS AND DEPRESSION Not just for the skin, in addition to its medicinal uses, arnica is beneficial in alleviating feelings of depression and emotional distress. It is often used in healing sachets to restore emotional balance and a sense of tranquillity. Organic and wild-grafted arnica flower extract can be massaged to provide warmth which unwinds taxed and tight muscles and alleviates stress.

and uses in shampoos to provide soft and manageable hair. Arnica also cleanses the excess oil and sebum from the scalp, giving it a natural shine. By removing dirt, debris, and oil from the scalp, it also helps combat dandruff and itchiness. This also helps in preventing tangled and rough hair.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARNICA As stated earlier, arnica is used in the treatment of a wide range of internal and external disorders. In Australia arnica is TGA listed as it does contain several active ingredients and volatile oils. Proper dosage of arnica will definitely provide the following health benefits: Treatment of arthritis The anti-inflammatory properties of arnica are praiseworthy. It has been used in topical preparations for healing joint pains, muscle aches and swelling associated with arthritis. A research conducted in 2002 indicated that the use of arnica gel twice daily for six weeks resulted in a significant decrease in pain and stiffness in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis of the knees. In the case of osteoarthritis of the hand, arnica gel has proven to be as effective as ibuprofen in lessening pain and improving hand function. The essence of arnica plant is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Being an anti-inflammatory agent, it can be used to massage inflamed or painful joints for relief. Treatment of muscle soreness The anti-inflammatory properties of this herb make it useful for the treatment of muscle soreness. It can be applied topically to reduce pain and inflammation caused by muscle sprain and strains. Thus, it is beneficial for athletes who often suffer from muscle soreness.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

Arnica has been used in homeopathy for the treatment of an accident or shock as well as illness of the circulatory system. It is also used in the treatment of conditions like a backache, fibromyalgia, influenza, headaches, migraines and haemorrhoids.

While it offers so many benefits arnica should be avoided during pregnancy and breast feeding as it is considered unsafe. There are also some people who are sensitive to the Compositae or Asteraceae family plants, which includes chrysanthemums, ragweed, marigolds, daisies and related plants, who might also be allergic to arnica. People who are hypersensitive to such plants should consult their doctor before using arnica in any form. Arnica may interact with a number of corticosteroids, anaesthetics, and antiinflammatory drugs. It can also cause bleeding when taken with anticoagulants. Specific constituents present in arnica might lower serum lipids in the body. Those taking drugs for lowering cholesterol should take arnica with a caution.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF ARNICA

CONCLUSION

Arnica owes its anti-inflammatory properties to a host of active components comprising of antioxidants, tannins, flavonoids, carotenoids and volatile oils like thymol, an active ingredient contained in thyme.

This amazing little flower has so many uses. Understanding the benefits of arnica will allow you to take advantage of the many ways that it can offer relief. Indeed, a very useful item to have in your medicine cabinet. APJ

OTHER BENEFITS

HAIR BENEFITS The anti-inflammatory properties of arnica make it useful in hair care as well. Arnica extracts are often used in conditioners and shampoos. Some of its benefits for hair are as follows: Usage of arnica extract rejuvenates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles, helping to strengthen the hair and preventing it from falling prematurely. Arnica is often combined with other ingredients like calendula and jaborandi APJ 117

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APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

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