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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Arnica Cream

arnica cream

Shortly after injuring my leg a week and a half ago I learned about arnica cream.   In addition to using the RICER method for dealing with sever bruising, arnica cream is a topical ointment used to promote tissue healing.  The cream helps reduce swelling and inflammation while relieving pain.  The anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties also makes this cream suitable for joint pain, arthritis, and sore muscles.  It is applied on to three times daily for up to seven to ten days.

Arnica cream contains extract from  Arnica montana, a European relative of the sunflower plant.  This natural remedy is considered to safe for regular use although prolonged use may cause skin irritation (redness, itching, blisters).  If this happens you should stop using the cream.  Arnica cream can aggravate eczema and adverse reaction are most likely to occur if you are allergic to members of the sunflower family.  The level of extract used in the cream is 20mg/g.  It is toxic if ingested so should be kept away from children and pets.

I'm finding that the arnica cream is helping somewhat but it is a rather nasty bruise with a lot of swelling so even with the cream it will take some time to heal.  I have not experienced any negative side effects.  The cream does help with pain relief which is nice.

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