If you’ve ever heard of Arnica, you’ve likely heard about its supposed healing properties, particularly when it comes to bumps and bruises. What most people don’t know is how exactly the herb is able to accomplish these things! Let’s dive in and find out.
As is the case with a lot of other herbs that have historically been used as traditional remedies, western medicine is slowly but surely allowing us to attain a more scientific understanding of the way these plants may be beneficial in helping our bodies heal.
Bolstering claims long believed by traditional users of Arnica for it’s topical healing properties, clinical trials have revealed the fact that the herb is effective for:
- Muscle aches
- Venous insufficiency (poor circulation and swelling of the lower leg)
- After Carpal-Tunnel release surgery
The ways in which it works seem to be the following:
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces pain
- Protects against some damage to capillaries (the small blood vessels that are damaged when bruising occurs)
- Reduces oedema (fluid and swelling)
It is believed that there are particular parts of the Arnica plant which work on a cellular level to alter the way specific while blood cells and liver cells perform their functions, resulting in the beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. It is also apparent that Arnica works to aid in inner tissue circulation when applied locally, which helps strengthen blood vessels.
As a result of these reactions, users experience promotion of healing and cellular mobility, which in turn results in faster recovery.