Arnica Montana for Swelling and Bruising

Written by on September 19, 2007 in Natural Treatments, pulse dye laser, swelling with 7 Comments
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In a recent Rosacea News article the highlighted LPDL treatment regime used Arnica pre- and post- treatment to reduce the bruising and swelling associated with pulse dye laser. The paper specifically mentioned SinEcch from Alpine Pharmaceuticals.

Alpine Pharmaceuticals are promoting SinEcch as a natural homeopathic dose of Arnica Montana. I have to say that I am unconvinced by the whole homeopathic story. Can treating `like with like’ really offer provable results ? Their FAQ pages go on to say that for bruising and swelling, a single remedy, Arnica, can be prescribed for everyone, rather than a regime customized for each person.

The herb Arnica Montana is toxic, but the homeopathic doses are not toxic. According to their web site “the smaller doses seen in Homeopathic preparations may exhibit the reverse effect of the larger doses used in herbal medicine. However, even Homeopathic doses may be cumulative over time. Prolonged pre-operative dosing regimens of Arnica Montana, for example, may increase intra-operative bleeding, whereas the single pre-operative dose used in the SinEcch protocol has been reported to increase intra-operative bleeding in only one case out of over 300,000.”

SinEcch is approved by the FDA and is available over the counter. One package is designed to treat one patient for one surgery and consists of 12 capsules.

CHOICE Australia did a review of natural first aid remedies and had this to say about arnica:

Arnica montana is a medicinal herb with a long history of use for treating swelling and bruising resulting from blows, and injuries such as sprains. Arnica flower is commonly available in both herbal and homeopathic preparations.

Clinical evidence for arnica as an effective first aid treatment is lacking, but people with osteoarthritis might want to give it a go.

Another related natural/herbal treatment is the anti-flushing protocol as used by Dr. Soldo between IPL treatments. This protocol uses, amongst other things, either aloe vera gel or Calendula Gel from Califlora.

Paula Begoun, in her article, When Blushing is Not by Choice: Causes and Treatments for Rosacea (web archive link), lists Arnica as something that potentially should be avoided.

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7 Reader Comments

  1. ROBERT CAMPBELL says:

    HI, I HAVE NOT TRIED ANY OF YOUR HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENTS LISTED,BUT I CAN RECOMMEND VEINWAVE TREATMENT FOR SPIDER VEINS AND REDNESS ALSO EMU OIL IS VERY GOOD FOR ROSACEA NAMELY REDNESS AND BLEMISH CONTROL FROM pelbasics.com.THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS CREAM IS MY WIFE SAYS IT HAS A STRONG SMELL.

  2. Lorraine Oboczky says:

    I have tried Arnica that is in a lotion prep for muscle soreness.(inflammation)

    I tried it on my rosacea and it seemed to help alot in the first 4 weeks, but dried my skin out alot.

    I would like to see more research since this beat out results from using metro cream and finacea.

  3. hany says:

    i would like to know more information about the use of arnica montana liposome formulated in lotion form in treatment of osteoarthirits and truma , swelling . sprina , strains and do if u have published clinical studies abouit that , i will be thankful for your co-operation

  4. David Pascoe says:

    Hi Hany,

    I would be interested in any research linking arnica montana in chronic inflammation as well ! I hope that some does emerge one day soon.

    davidp.

  5. Janet says:

    I have just had a “Mini Facelift” in the surgeons rooms Wednesday evening. Unfortunately I had been given a Voltarin injection for pain from the Chirporactor 3 days prior to the operation.

    When I now went for the lift, I did bleed a lot because of that, after 3 days I have developed very bad bruising on the one side of my face and very bad swelling. The bruising has gone under my eye and around, I look as if someone has punched me in the eye, and my cut was more around the lower part of my face to lift sagging jawline?? I wonder why the bruising has not gone down into the neck but up into my eye area.

    The Surgeon told me to take arnica tablets and rub the oil on my face that is swollen, I have done this for a day and will continue until Monday……then I am due back at work, and just hope that the bruising has subsided and the swelling.

  6. Ann-Marie says:

    Hi, I wonder if anyone can tell me if there is any complications for patients taking arnica pre operatively having breast reductions?
    Some surgeons reckon that the patient bleeds too much after taking it pre op but others say it’s ok. Does anyone know for sure or could point me in the right direction of who to ask?

    Thanks a million!

  7. renu says:

    Arnica Montana is good for growing moustache very quickly

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