Scientific: Arnica montana [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Arnica is a
graceful woodland plant in the same family as the sunflower, native to
Central Europe and the western United States. Its yellow flowers are
collected at summer’s end and dried for traditional use. There are many
viable species of arnica flowers found around the globe, some of which
are found in North American mountain ranges and woodlands.
Parts Used: Fresh or dried flowers. The root is also used in European herbal preparations.
Common Uses: Arnica is used
primarily in wound care and for dilation of blood vessels. These
properties aid in the care of muscles especially spasms. Arnica is used
in holistic veterinary care for fractures, sprains, and bruising.
Working and sporting dogs can really benefit from the external use of
Arnica. Whole herb Arnica can be toxic if ingested so you need to be
careful when using it. As an herb or oil, Arnica needs to be wrapped and
your dog has to be kept from licking the preparation. However, Arnica
has had amazing internal results when used homeopathically, meaning in
minute amounts in a homeopathic remedy. Homeopathic remedies are very
effective even though they only contain trace amounts of the medicines
they administer. Using whole herb medicine, Arnica can prove harmful by
causing internal bleeding (in large quantities) because it stimulates
the dilation and circulation of blood vessels. For this reason, Arnica
should not be used on open wounds.
Alternatives and Adjuncts: Saint-Johns-Wort, ginger, cayenne and yarrow.
Topic Specific References:
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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