Arnica montana has been one of the most important homeopathic remedies for the effects of trauma. Historically, for over 200 years homeopathic Arnica has been used for the effects of trauma which includes bruising and even head injuries. In 2006, a study showed that it was effective for bruising after face lifts. Many main stream plastic surgeons have subsequently incorporated its use for after their surgical procedures.
Now, a new review of Arnica montana in the American Journal of Therapeutics suggests that Arnica montana “may represent a valid alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, at least when treating some specific condition.” The review entitled “Effectiveness and Safety of Arnica montana in Post-Surgical Setting, Pain and Inflammation” deemed it to be effective for pain management in post operative settings.
Arnica montana has been widely used as a homeopathic remedy for the treatment of several inflammatory conditions in pain management and postoperative settings. This review gives an overview of the therapeutic use of Arnica montana in the above-mentioned fields also focusing on its mechanisms of action learned from animal models and in vitro studies. Arnica montana is more effective than placebo when used for the treatment of several conditions including post-traumatic and postoperative pain, edema, and ecchymosis. However, its dosages and preparations used have produced substantial differences in the clinical outcome. Cumulative evidence suggests that Arnica montana may represent a valid alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, at least when treating some specific conditions.