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Entry for September 27, 2007-Arnica Montana
Will do a study on Arnica Montana later today

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Evening update,
sorry for the late post, my couple hour trip to town, turned out to be all morning. Couldn't find what I needed at Lowes and took forever to get someone to understand what I needed.
Back home, I started navigating thru the stash of boxes in the back. Dug out some more books, dug my looms out and carried them to the dining room. besides digging out my stuff in that room, Larry also wants to empty out the room we are now sleeping in (Larrys extra room) and get what we can out of there so when I am gone next week, he can get those walls and ceiling done and the floor layed in there too.
That room has huge pieces like steamer trunks etc, and a huge stash of my jeans too, spinning wheels etc. So until wed. when I leave for Indiana next week I will be going thru stuff and carrying and relocating stuff. So if my back and right shoulder and arm hold up, hope to get lots accomplished.
Arnica Montana
At Jo's request we will check out arnica montana. I have used this in the past for sore muscles. I remember I couldn't tell for sure if it really worked. However, I know alot of people like to use it.
Research from the net:
this was an informative article also:
also known as: Mountain Tobacco, Mountain Arnica, Common Arnica, Leopard's Bane and Sneezewort
plant family:
Herbaceous perennial

parts used:
Roots and flowers
Arnica montana or Leopard's Bane is a perennial herb, growing close to the ground. The leaves form a flat rosette, from the center of which rises a flower stalk, 1 to 2 feet high, bearing orange-yellow flowers. The rhizome is dark brown, cylindrical, usually curved, and bears brittle wiry rootlets on the under surface.
habitat: Indigenous to Central Europe, in woods and mountain pastures, although it has been found in England and Southern Scotland.
warning: This herb should NEVER be taken in raw form. This plant, like many medicinal plants if ingested, can cause intestinal bleeding, abdominal cramping and sickness. Homeopathy is the medicinal use of tinctures and suspensions using herbs and other plants and should never be consumed without proper preparation. Only respectable homeopathic remedies and tinctures should be consumed.

Arnica montana has been used in Europe for centuries to treat swelling, soreness and bruising. This product is often misunderstood when confused with ingesting the arnica plant in its raw form. When properly prepared, Arnica may significantly decrease the healing time or the appearance of such. There are many formulations from different companies. Sublingual (under the tongue) types are the most often recommended for plastic surgery.
Boiron Arnica Cream, 1.33 oz
Boiron Arnica Cream reduces pain, swelling, and discoloration from bruises. It is perfect for use after liposuction, mesotherapy, laser vein removal, and many other cosmetic procedures.
Perfect for use after cosmetic procedures or any physical trauma, Arnica Cream reduces pain, swelling, and bruising.
this is an example of how you can purchase this herb
from here:

a little more information:


Medication Uses | How To Use | Side Effects | Precautions | Drug Interactions | Overdose | Notes | Missed Dose | Storage
USES: Arnica flowers have been used for reducing the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, muscle or joint problems, swelling of the veins under the skin (superficial phlebitis), and for insect bites. It has also been used as a mouthwash for swollen gums and mouth ulcers. Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use. The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
HOW TO USE: Apply this product to the affected area of skin as directed. Do not apply to skin abrasions or open wounds. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. If this product is being used as a mouthwash, follow all directions carefully. Do not swallow this product. This herbal product should not be used for long periods of time. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
SIDE EFFECTS: Redness or irritation may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Do not swallow this product.

from here

and from

Mountain Arnica
(arnica montana)

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---Description---The leaves form a flat rosette, from the centre of which rises a flower stalk, 1 to 2 feet high, bearing orange-yellow flowers. The rhizome is dark brown, cylindrical, usually curved, and bears brittle wiry rootlets on the under surface.
---Cultivation---Arnica thrives in a mixture of loam, peat, and sand. It may be propagated by root division or from seed. Divide in spring. Sow in early spring in a cold frame, and plant out in May. The flowers are collected entire and dried, but the receptacles are sometimes removed as they are liable to be attacked by insects. The root is collected in autumn after the leaves have died down. ---Constituents---A bitter yellow crystalline principle, Arnicin, and a volatile oil. Tannin and phulin are also present. The flowers are said to contain more Arnicin than the rhizome, but no tannin. ---Medicinal Action and Uses---In countries where Arnica is indigenous, it has long been a popular remedy. In the North American colonies the flowers are used in preference to the rhizome. They have a discutient property. The tincture is used for external application to sprains, bruises, and wounds, and as a paint for chilblains when the skin is unbroken. Repeated applications may produce severe inflammation. It is seldom used internally, because of its irritant effect on the stomach. Its action is stimulant and diuretic, and it is chiefly used in low fevers and paralytie affections. Arnica flowers are sometimes adulterated with other composite flowers, especially Calendula officinalis, Inula brittanica, Kragapogon pratensis, and Scorzonera humilis. A homoeopathic tincture, X6, has been used successfully in the treatment of epilepsy; also for seasickness, 3 X before sailing, and every hour on board till comfortable. For tender feet a foot-bath of hot water containing 1/2 oz. of the tineture has brought great relief. Applied to the scalp it will make the hair grow. Great care must be exercised though, as some people are particularly sensitive to the plant and many severe cases of poisoning have resulted from its use, especially if taken internally. British Pharmacopoeia Tincture, root, 10 to 30 drops. United States Pharmacopoeia Tincture, flowers, 10 to 30 drops. Synonyms---Mountain Tobacco. Leopard's Bane.
---Parts Used---Root, flowers.
---Habitat---Arnica montana or Leopard's Bane is a perennial herb, indigenous to Central Europe, in woods and mountain pastures. It has been found in England and Southern Scotland. but is probably an escape.

Excellent information here
1. Who should use Arnica Montana 30X?
2. Is Arnica Montana 30X appropriate for an individual who has had gastric bypass surgery?
3. Who should not use Arnica Montana 30X?

Product Benefits
4. What is the primary benefit of using Arnica Montana 30X?
5. What makes VitaMedica’s Arnica Montana 30X product unique?

Product Formulation
6. Arnica Montana is a homeopathic medicine. What is homeopathy?
7. What does the “30X” refer to after the name Arnica Montana?
8. Some homeopathic formulas are provided in pellets and others in tablet form. What is the difference between the two?
9. What does the term “HPUS” mean in regard to homeopathic medications?
these questions are answered in the article
herbs for health

Arnica montana: Natural Magic

By Nancy Allison
© 2004 Steven Foster
"Noch mal!” says Herr Gehring, pouring more beer. “Have another!” My husband and I don’t protest. When in Germany, where we recently spent nearly a year, we do as the Germans do. Is it the beer, or a trick of the Black Forest light? Glinting among the kohlrabi and rhubarb of the Gehrings’ garden we see a magical sight: a bottle of what looks like liquid sunshine.
Zauberpflanzen (magic plants) is German for certain plants known for centuries to have seemingly miraculous properties. As Frau Gehring puts another wurst on the grill, she explains that the bottle that so entrances me shines with the blossoms of one of Germany’s best known Zauberpflanzen: Arnica montana. As with many herbs that entered the realm of folk medicine, arnica was used first in pagan times to curry favor with spirits. The blossoms were thought to be especially potent on the summer solstice. Bunches were gathered and set on the corners of fields to spread the power of the corn spirit and to ensure a good harvest. While Germans don’t believe in garnishing their fields with arnica these days, its power as a folk medicine has persisted.

Arnica: An Inside Look

While we were in Germany, I found arnica gel, cream and tincture sold in every drugstore. I wanted to find out more about this fascinating herb, so I contacted medical doctor and professor of pharmacy Irmgard Merfort, of Freiburg University. In an e-mail interview, Dr. Merfort discussed the benefits and risks of Arnica montana and how best to use it.
Nancy Allison: My friend Frau Gehring puts arnica blooms in a bottle and then fills it with schnapps. She says this must stay in the sun for three weeks and then can be used on bruises and muscle strains.
Dr. Irmgard Merfort: Your friend is partly right in preparing an alcoholic extract of the blooms. However, the following preparation is recommended: 1 part arnica flowers and 10 parts 96 percent alcohol should be put together in a bottle and left for a week, during which the bottle should be shaken. Then the flowers can be removed. It is important that this alcoholic solution must be diluted with water from three to ten fold when it is used, e.g. for compresses.
There are a lot of experiences with this way of preparation in contrast to that one your friend uses. If the schnapps with arnica blooms is staying in the sun, then a lot of reactions probably occur that alter the ingredients of arnica blooms. Up to now, there are no studies available on this.
N.A.: Can you describe how arnica acts on blood vessels?
I.M.: The main active compounds in arnica are sesquiterpene lactones. Additionally, flavonoids and the essential oil are also important. Sesquiterpene lactones influence a lot of inflammatory pathways resulting in the decrease of the inflammatory process. Our group has found that sesquiterpene lactones inhibit the release of inflammatory mediators because they inhibit the transcription factor NF-kB, which is a central mediator in the immune system.
N.A.: Is it true that arnica might be used for rheumatic problems such as arthritis? Would this be in homeopathic or topical form?
I.M.: Alcoholic preparations are recommended for external treatment of bruises, sprains and inflammations caused by insect bites; gingivitis and aphthous ulcers (canker sores); symptomatic treatment of rheumatic complaints; and for surface phlebitis. A clinical study exists that shows arnica is effective for the treatment of rheumatic arthritis, and another study suggests that it has positive effects in phlebitis, in each instance when arnica preparations were used externally.
N.A.: Are there health risks associated with arnica use?
I.M.: Yes, there are. Some people can develop contact dermatitis; then they must prevent any contact with arnica and also with flowers that contain sesquiterpene lactones, e.g. Achillea species. Therefore, it is essential that arnica preparations be used as recommended and the tincture not in an undiluted form. People who have a contact allergy against arnica should not use arnica preparations. The number of users who have developed contact dermatities is low.


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