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ar·ni·ca

(ar'ni-kă),
The dried flower heads of Arnica montana (family Compositae); cardiac sedative seldom given internally; used externally for sprains and bruises; formerly widely used as a counterirritant liniment.
Synonym(s): leopard's bane
[Mod. L.]

arnica

/ar·ni·ca/ (ahr´nĭ-kah) the dried flower heads of the composite-flowered species Arnica montana; preparations are used topically for contusions, sprains, and superficial wounds, and as a counterirritant.

arnica

(är′nĭ-kə)
n.
1. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Arnica in the composite family, having opposite, simple leaves and yellow or orange flower heads.
2. A tincture of the dried flower heads of the European species A. montana, applied externally to reduce the pain and inflammation of bruises and sprains.

Arnica

Flower essence therapy
Arnica essence is believed to aid in recuperation from shock and trauma.
 
Herbal medicine
An annual, the flower and extracts of which contain thymol, resins, arnicin, carotenoids and flavonoids; it is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, an immune stimulant and cardiotonic; it should not be used internally at full strength.
 
Toxicity
Diarrhoea, muscle weakness, nausea, vomiting, cardiovascular collapse, coma and possibly death.

Homeopathy
Arnica is a major homeopathic remedy used for bruises, concussions, emotional and physical shock, eyestrain, fractures, groin-strain pain, joint and muscle pain and recuperation from surgery or dental work; in children, Arnica is used for whooping cough and nightmares.

ar·ni·ca

(ahr'ni-kă)
(A. montana) Herbal agent of purported value in therapy for muscular pain and in wound healing. Serious reactions in children reported after overingestion. Some compounds containing arnica also include more dangerous agents.
Synonym(s): leopard bane, mountain daisy, wolfbane.
[Mod. L.]

arnica (rˑ·ni·k),

n Latin name:
Arnica montana L.; part used: flowers; uses: antiinflammatory, antimicrobial, antiecchymotic, analgesic, bruises, strains, sprains, muscle aches, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, insect bites, dandruff, baldness; precautions: patients with open wounds; can cause contact dermatitis, eczema, toxic if ingested (unless at homeopathic dosages).
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It was a frightening experience for both of them and appeared to trigger the domino effect of years of subsequent events of trauma in Ashley's waking and dream lives, until she was given the Arnica.
Extract of the European flowering plant Arnica montana exerts a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effect.
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Gently, he rubbed arnica into the bruising, soaked the cloths in the river and bound the knee in a figure of eight as he had seen the army surgeons do.
Pairwise comparisons indicated that the mean improvement associated with 20% arnica was greater than with white petrolatum (P = 0*003), and the improvement with arnica was greater than with the mixture of 1% vitamin K and 0*3% retinol (P = 0*01).
The formula consists of a homeopathic combination of chamomilla, arnica montana, borax and hypericum perforatum (St.
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Dr Chris Steele, GP from This Morning says: "There isn't anything you can do to prevent bruises, but it is possible to minimise the longevity and appearance of them by using arnica, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help speed up the healing process.