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#18 Arnica — A Natural Solution to Neuropathy Symptoms

What is arnica?

Arnica is an herb that grows primarily in Siberia, central Europe and temperate climates in North America. The flowers of the plants are harvested and then used for medicinal purposes.

Arnica: a group of yellow flowers
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What does Arnica do?

This herb works to enhance benefits of the circulatory system furthermore boosting muscular recovery.

How can arnica help my neuropathy?

The herb works with the body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate circulation to areas affected. In short, the product increases blood flow and oxygenation to tissues which in turn removes waste products that can pool in many parts of the body. Its properties disperse fluids from bruised tissues and stimulates white blood cell activity which is responsible for fighting inflammation and enhancing nerve healing. Treatment is also very beneficial for easing stiff joints and muscles, allowing you to move more freely. The herb can also help with burning and tingling sensations common with neuropathy.

It appears the best results are obtained when the Arnica cream is actively massaged in whilst being applied. This helps to promote circulation.

Arnica: a  bottle of yellow liquid next to yellow flowers
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Where can I get Arnica?
You can generally purchase this herb from any health store or pharmacy section in most stores. It can be purchased in oils, creams, and ointments which will commonly contain up to 15 per cent Arnica.

While some people may find relief from peripheral neuropathy symptoms through alternative therapies like herbal remedies, it’s essential to approach such treatments with caution. The effectiveness of herbal remedies can vary from person to person, and there may be risks associated with their use, particularly if they interact with other medications or exacerbate underlying health conditions.

If you’re considering using Arnica or any other herbal remedy for peripheral neuropathy, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional first. They can provide guidance on the safety and potential effectiveness of such treatments and help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. Additionally, they can help ensure that you’re not overlooking other treatments or interventions that may be more evidence-based and effective for managing peripheral neuropathy.

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References:

  • ARNICA: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings. (n.d.). Retrieved June 01, 2017, from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-721-arnica.aspx?ctiveingredientid=721&activeingredientname=arnica
  • Taquechel, M. (2017, May 29). Arnica for Diabetic Neuropathy – is a Powerful Pain Relief Remedy. Retrieved June 01, 2017, from http://www.mtspace.me/arnica-for-diabetic-neuropathy
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