Arnica montana is a popular homeopathic remedy that is also known as simply 'arnica'.
The homeopathic remedy arnica montana (or "arnica") is best known for the treatment of bruising. Cream that contains arnica is used to treat injuries that involve bruising but unbroken skin, which is in contrast to cases in which the skin is broken and therefore calendula cream (or hypercal cream) is usually a more appropriate remedy.
Other uses of the homeopathic remedy arnica montana (in cream or tablet form) include muscle strain, such as following strenuous exercise, and shock following an accident or injury.
For shock, see also the Bach Flower Remedy Star of Bethlehem.
More about the substance used to prepare arnica montana homeopathic remedy:
Arnica montana is a flowering plant that grows naturally at high altitudes where it receives strong sunlight.
A sketch of arnica montana in flower is shown belowon the left.
This plant is also used herbally i.e. to produce herbal preparations or remedies. Note that there are considerable differences between homeopathy and herbal medicine.
Homeopathic preparations are usually supplied in either liquid or pill form. Regardless of the physical form in which the remedy is taken, its preparation will have involved a series of dilutions during which the original substance was repeatedly diluted and succussed (shaken) in a solvent such as water and/or alcohol.