Arnica Montanaalso known as the Mountain Daisy and Leopard’s Bane belongs to the Compositae family and is found along the slopes of the Andes and along the Central European Alps andSiberia. It grows in the mountains, not on the tops but where it is of most use along the slopes of the mountain valleys and meadows. Nature’s way of supplying what’s needed close at hand, after a climbing fall and general overexertion. Arnica is a perennial herb has large golden flowers similar to the marigold, and is highly aromatic and grows on peaty soils.

 

Its valuable properties have been known for many years extending back to writings of Saint Hildergarde of Bingen in 1099. Within Homeopathy it is a remedy used for its therapeutic qualities, specifically for injuries, falls and accidents. In German it is known as ‘Fall Kraut’ or ‘Falling Herb’.

 

Amongst its many other virtues, homeopathically, Arnica can be used for trauma, overexertion and injuries for both the physical and mental effects, and is an ideal remedy to assist athletes. It is known as the aspirin of Homeopathy.

 

Its application can be for the overuse of any organ. Where there are sore bruised muscles, limbs and body ache as if beaten, joints as if sprained, helping to bring out the bruising. It is a big shock remedy and often the person needing it will say they are fine and that nothing is wrong when there clearly is, and when spoken to will answer slowly with effort. The classic arnica will have a terrible accident then get up saying ‘I’m alright’ and maybe order a taxi home… whilst their head gushes blood.

 

If your training is causing aching of muscles and limbs or if you are nursing injuries, preparing for the marathon, taking Arnica 30c after a run may be of great benefit to aid healing.  On the day of the marathon itself, take a dose before and after your run and one dose a day for the following three days.

 

Where to buy Homeopathic remedies – Homeopathic remedies can be bought from health food shops, chemists or pop into the clinic.

Homeopathic remedies are often used as self-help for simple conditions, however for more serious complaints a homeopath, GP or health professional should be consulted before using homeopathic medicines.

Written by Sarah Allenby-Byrne, Homeopath

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