Arnica Montana, or just Arnica, is a very popular homeopathic medicine that can be wonderfully effective for strains, sprains, bumps and bruises of all sorts.
To backtrack a bit, if you have never heard of homeopathy, here is an introductory quote…
“Homeopathy is founded on two principles that have occurred regularly throughout the history of medicine, both in eastern and western worlds. The first principle of ‘like cures like’ can be looked at in several ways. One way is to assume that the body knows what it is doing and that symptoms are the body’s way of taking action to overcome illness. This healing response is automatic in living organisms; we term it the vital response. The similar medicine acts as a stimulus to the natural vital response, giving it the information it needs to complete its healing work”
Homeopathy is popular around the world, and Arnica is one of the best known of the remedies because it is so safe, versatile and useful. Athletes count on it to soothe sore muscles; surgeons like it for post-procedure pain; and moms know it comes in handy to treat little bumps and bruises. Some people use it to relieve stiffness from flying or long-distance driving.
Homeopathic Arnica is considered very safe. Here is a quote from the University of Maryland Medical Center web site.
Homeopathic preparations (of Arnica) are also used to treat sore muscles, bruises, and other conditions caused by overexertion or injury. Homeopathic doses are extremely diluted. They have no detectable amount of the plant in them and are generally considered safe for internal use when taken according to the directions on the label.
Arnica is inexpensive and can be found in virtually all health food stores as well as many grocery stores that have a section for herbs, vitamins and “holistic health.”
Wishing you all the best,