Arnica

Latin Name
Arnica montana

General Description
Arnica, sometimes called mountain daisy, grows wild across the higher elevations of Europe, northern Asia and parts of the United States. Mountain climbers in the Alps have traditionally chewed arnica after a long day's hike to relieve muscle aches. Homeopathic practitioners prescribe Arnica for bruises, sprains, strains and other types of accidents that are sudden and may induce shock. The flowers, leaves, stem and root of arnica are crushed to a pulp and soaked in alcohol before undergoing the homeopathic dilution process, which renders the substance nontoxic.

Target Ailments
Taken internally for:

Preparations
Arnica is available over the counter in various potencies, in both tablet and liquid form, at selected stores and pharmacies. Consult your practitioner for more precise information.