Arnica is the remedy that helps people understand the power of homeopathic medicine. It is effective, fast acting and has an immediate effect on bumps, bruises, shocks, head injuries and bleeding. Once you have experienced Arnica or used it for an injured child you will never again be without this little gem on your person.
I recommend Arnica 200C as the most useful potency to have on hand.
Some situations in which I find it most helpful:
Toddlers and Babes
Any time children are learning new skills and having lots of tumbles Arnica is fantastic. It seems that they repeatedly fall on the same spot and create bruises in the same place! A dose (2 pellets ) of Arnica 200C is usually enough to address a simple bruise. If the fall or injury is a big one – i.e falling down the stairs or from a height – then 2-3 doses spaced apart by about 10 min will be helpful. You can never overdose with homeopathy.
Car accidents which create bruising, head injuries and shock to the entire body are effectively treated by Arnica. For this level of injury I would recommend 2 pellets every 15 min. for two hours. This should calm shaking, fright, pain and bruising. It is the correct remedy to give for concussions and spinal injuries. For bruising to soft tissues such as a seat belt bruise across the breast Bellis 200C would be more effective. Arnica is best suited to injuries such as whiplash and muscular related pain.
Arnica 200C is extremely effective to take in the immediate postpartum for shaking after birth. It is also very helpful to take as part of your postpartum week regime to minimize bleeding and swelling of the perineum. The potency and dosage of this remedy is included in The Homeopathic Guide to a Vibrant Pregnancy – as part of the postpartum kit suggestions.
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