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Alternative Names

Arnica des Montagnes, Arnica Flos, Arnikablüten, Arnica Flower, Bergwohlverleih, Doronic d'Allemagne, Fleurs d'Arnica, Herbe aux Prêcheurs, Herbe aux Chutes, Kraftwurz, Leopard's Bane, Mountain Tobacco, Plantin des Alpes, Quinquina des Pauvres, Souci des Alpes, Tabac des Vosges, Tabac des Savoyards, Wundkraut, Wolf's Bane CAUTION: Make sure you see separate listing for Tinospora cordifolia

Scientific Name

Arnica Montana

Why Do People Use Arnica?

Oral - The oral preparation of Arnica Montana (Arnica), like arnica powder, may be utilized as an abortifacient tooth extraction, as a pain reliever, to treat throat and mouth inflammation, superficial phlebitis and insect bites. Topical - For topical purposes, arnica is utilized for the immune and inflammation system stimulation related with bruises, aprains, aches, to cure insect bites, myalgia, osteoarthritis, for acne and chapped lips. Manufacturing purposes - For manufacturing purpose, it is used in anti-dandruff and hair tonics preparations. In large volumes, arnica powder is used in cosmetics and perfumes.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Arnica Montana is likely safe to use when used as a food ingredient. Arnica has achieved rank of Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) in the United States for use in food items. However, according to the Canadian regulations, arnica or arnica powder is not allowed as food ingredient. Likely Unsafe - Arnica powder is considered unsafe when utilized orally. It causes fatal or severe poisoning issues due to it poisoning effects. Particularly due to its ability to cause cardiotoxicity and alter the level of blood pressure. For mucous membrane it has irritating effects and further causes number of problems like muscle paralysis (cardiac and voluntary), gastroenteritis, breath shortness, heart palpitations, fluctuations in pulse rate and even causes death in some cases. Likely Unsafe in Lactation and for Pregnant Women - Arnica powder should be avoid in lactation and pregnancy particularly when utilized topically and orally.

How Effective Is Arnica?

Likely Ineffective - Use of arnica powder is likely ineffective for molar tooth extract. Its oral consumption doesn’t appears to lessen complexities of 3rd molar extraction after its surgery. It is misconception that it may improve pain, wound infection and swelling related to the removal of wisdom tooth. Insufficient Reliable Evidence to Rate - There is insufficient reliable evidence to rate its use for myalgia. According to some clinical experiments, it has been demonstrated that by applying 7% arnica cream three times every day after performing calf rises does not lessen muscle pain as compared to placebo. In this study a particular product was utilized which was 1X homeopathic. Although in majority homeopathic products there are no active ingredient but it is found that in 1X there is 7% arnica as an active ingredient.

How Arnica Works?

The most effective part of Arnica Montana is its flower head. Most active constituents consist of sesquiterpene lactones, that are11,13-dihydrohelenalin and helenalin. According to a recent study all of these constituents appears to have platelet-inhibitory, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Arnica powder is generally utilized for myalgia, trauma, swelling and bruising purposes. But problem is that arnica’s mechanism for these effects is still unknown.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Arnica?

A number of side effects have reported due to the oral consumption of arnica powder which include drowsiness, mucous membranes irritation, vomiting, stomach pain, tachycardia, diarrhea, coma, shortness of breath and even causes death. Those individuals who are somewhat allergic to the members of Compositae/ Asteraceae family of plants may develop allergic reactions to Arnica Montana too. Members of this family include chrysanthemums, ragweed, daisies, marigolds and many other herbs. Topically, it also cause rashes, dry skin and itchiness of skin. Arnica powder is an essential parts of a number of homeopathic products. Arnica contained homeopathic products are used for topical and oral purposes. Such formulations of arnica are frequently diluted through a homeopathic procedures resulting in little to detectable dynamic ingredient. Usually the arnica powder present in these preparations gets so diluted that it doesn’t cause any effects. But some homeopathic forms of a Arnica Montana, particularly those utilized topically, possess detectable arnica amount.

How Arnica Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Antiplatelet / Anticoagulant Supplements and Herbs - Concomitant utilization of supplements and herbs that may effects platelet accumulation could hypothetically enhances the bleeding risks in some patients. Herbs in such category include clove, angelica, garlic, Panax ginseng, danshen, ginkgo, ginger and other herbs.

How Arnica Interacts With Drugs?

Antiplatelet / Anticoagulant Drugs - Arnica’s interaction rating is moderate so be careful of this mixture. There is an issue that arnica powder may potentiate the impacts of antiplatelet and anticoagulant drugs and it may enhance the bleeding risk in some individuals. Arnica constituents can diminish platelet aggregation in vitro. However, in human beings this effects has not been verified. So, with this respect those patient who are taking drugs like antiplatelet or anticoagulant, should use it after proper recommendations. These drugs include clopidogrel (Plavix), warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), dalteparin (Fragmin), ticlopidine , heparin and other drugs.

How Arnica Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Arnica Interacts With Lab Tests?

Platelet Function - Theoretically, herb like Arnica Montana may inhibit some test results and platelet activity.

How Arnica Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Broken Skin - Arnica powder may cause adverse effects on damaged or broken skin so its use should be avoid in such skin conditions. Cross-Allergenicity - Those individuals who are allergic to the plant in Compositae / Asteraceae family should avoid the use of Arnica Montana since they might experience allergic reactions. Members of this family include chrysanthemums, ragweed, daisies, marigolds and many other herbs. Gastrointestinal (GI) Irritation - Arnica powder can cause irritation of gastrointestinal tract. This herbs is contraindicated in some patients with inflammatory or infectious GI conditions. Surgery - According to some clinical experiments it is demonstrated that arnica possess antiplatelet effects. So, when it is utilized preoperatively it may cause over bleeding before, during and after the surgical procedure. So, such patients should be advised to stop using arnica before two weeks of their elective surgical operations.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Arnica?

For topical usage, dosage of arnica flower heads in 100 mL water. As poultice, arnica tincture is mixed with water 3-10 times. For mouth wash purpose arnica extract is diluted 10 times. Ointments usually possess tincture with up to 20-25% quantity or 15% of oil.



General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Arnica Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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