Are you experiencing sore muscles? Do your joints and connective tissue bother you after physical activity? Are you a fitness enthusiast who loves to exercise but dreads the tight muscles afterward? Sore joints and tight muscles can slow down anyone’s day.
We recommend an Arnica Cream.
Key Ingredients in Arnicare Cream
The key ingredient in Arnicare Cream is Arnica Montana. Found primarily in Europe, this bright yellow flower has become one of the most popular homeopathic remedies in the world.
Highlights of Arnica Montana
• May help alleviate inflammation
• May support faster recovery
• May reduce bruising
• May provide muscle and connective tissue relief.
Benefits of Arnica Cream
Inflammation in the body can be troublesome for many reasons: First, inflammation may limit what you’re physically able to do. Stiff and inflamed joints can prevent full range of motion and normal mobility, which in turn may promote a more sedentary lifestyle.
Second, inflammation is at the center of many diseases. By eliminating unnecessary inflammation in the body, you may be able to decrease your risk for common ailments and disease.
Arnica montana, the key ingredient in the Arnica Cream we use, has been suggested in a key study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry to promote anti-inflammatory benefits be selectively inhibiting the pathway to inflammation in the body known as NF-κB.50. (1)
If you’ve ever been injured or had to go through surgery, you know only too well how frustrating it can be during the healing process. Everything feels sensitive, and your normal abilities are limited. What’s more, you may even find that the wound is itchy and irritated by everything. Arnica Cream may be able to help.
One of the most interesting benefits of the main ingredient, arnica montana, is its reported ability to promote healing while soothing irritation caused by the injury or environment.
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrated that arnica montana after foot surgery was an effective way to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and soothe irritation around the surgical incision. (2-3)
Injuries, surgeries, or simple accidents can cause significant, ugly bruises that are extremely sensitive to the touch. Arnica Cream may be able to help.
In a study published in International Journal of General Medicine, arnica montana, the active ingredient in Arnica Cream, was suggested to speed up the healing process of bruises. (3-4)
What to Look for When Buying Arnica Montana
When you buy Arnica Cream or another arnica montana-based product, it is important that you know what to look for.
You can take arnica montana in capsule or tincture form as well as through a cream. When ingesting arnica montana, be sure that you are buying a high-quality form that is bioavailable, meaning easy to digest and assimilate. These brands should be GMP Certified as these companies test for purity and content within the product, ensuring that you get what you pay for.
How Arnica Cream Can Help Your Treatment
If you’re currently going through chiropractic treatment or massage therapy, Arnica Cream may be the perfect complement for you.
Arnica Cream can be applied directly to sore or troublesome spots on the body to provide relief and allow you to return to your normal day-to-day activities. You can even use Arnica Cream during your massage to promote healing while soothing tight muscles. This works especially well during deep tissue and sports massages.
For those active travelers who are in a car, bus, or plane for hours each day, Arnica Cream may help to soothe those aching muscles.
We Love Questions
If you have questions about which type of arnica may be right for you, give us a call at 773.878.7330
1. Lyss G, Knorre A, Schmidt T, Pahl HL, Merfort I. The anti-inflammatory sesquiterpene lactone helenalin inhibits the transcription factor NF-kappaβ by directly targeting p65. J Biol Chem. 1998;273:33508–33516.
2. Lussignoli S, Bertani S, Metelmann H, Bellavite P, Conforti A. Effect of Traumeel S®, a homeopathic formulation, on blood-induced inflammation in rats. Complement Ther Med. 1999;7:225–230.
3. Karow JH, Abt HP, Fröhling M, Ackermann H. Efficacy of Arnica montana D4 for healing of wounds after Hallux valgus surgery compared to diclofenac. Altern Complement Med. 2008 Jan-Feb;14(1):17-25. doi: 10.1089/acm.2007.0560.
4. Schneider C. Traumeel – an emerging option to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in the management of acute musculoskeletal injuries. International Journal of General Medicine. 2011;4:225-234. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S16709.
Dr. DeFabio is a highly regarded chiropractor in Chicago who focuses on helping his patients achieve optimal health and wellness. He takes a holistic approach to care, treating symptoms and addressing underlying issues to promote long-term healing. Dr. DeFabio is passionate about empowering his patients to take control of their health and live their best lives. You can find him surfing, skateboarding, and volunteering at the Lakeview Food Pantry when he’s not in the office.