Arnica Montana

Leopard's Bane, Arnica, Mountain Arnica

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Homeopathic remedies are prescribed on the basis that in a tiny dilution like cures like, so while very dilute Arnica Montana may help, unprocessed Arnica may be best avoided.

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Arnica in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

  GENERAL - Arnica Montana


Arnica Montana produces conditions upon the system quite similar to those resulting from injuries, falls, blows, contusions. Tinnitus aurium. Putrid phenomena. Septic conditions; prophylactic of pus infection. Apoplexy, red, full face.

It is especially suited to cases when any injury, however remote, seems to have caused the present trouble. After traumatic injuries, overuse of any organ, strains. Arnica Montana is disposed to cerebral congestion. Acts best in plethoric, feebly in debilitated with impoverished blood, cardiac dropsy with dyspnoea. A muscular tonic. Traumatism of grief, remorse or sudden realization of financial loss. Limbs and body ache as if beaten; joints as if sprained. Bed feels too hard. Marked effect on the blood. Affects the venous system inducing stasis. Ecchymosis and Hemorrhages. Relaxed blood vessels, black and blue spots. Tendency to hemorrhage and low-fever states. Tendency to tissue degeneration, septic conditions abscesses that do not mature. Sore, lame, bruised feeling. Neuralgias originating in disturbances of pneumogastric. Rheumatism of muscular and tendinous tissue, especially of back and shoulders. Aversion to tobacco. Influenza. Thrombosis. Haematocele.


Locally, the tincture, but should never be applied HOT or at all when abrasions or cuts are present.

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  MODALITIES ETC - Arnica Montana


WORSE, least touch; motion; rest; wine; damp cold.


Better, lying down, or with head low.

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  RELATIONSHIPS - Arnica Montana


Compare: Aconite Acon.; Baptisia Tinctoria Bapt.; Bellis Perennis Bellis; Hamamelis Virginica Hemamellis; Rhus Tox Rhus; Hypericum Perforatum Hypericum.


Complementary: Aconite Acon.; Ipecacuanha Ipec.


Antidotes: Camphora Camph. Vitex Trifolia N/A - Indian Arnica N/A ( Sprains and pains, headache in temples, pain in joints; pain in abdomen; pain in testicles.)

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  MIND - Arnica Montana


Fears touch, or the approach of anyone

Unconscious; when spoken to answers correctly, but relapses

Indifference; inability to perform continuous active work; morose, delirious

Nervous; cannot bear pain; whole body oversensitive

Says there is nothing the matter with him

Wants to be let alone

Agoraphobia (fear of space)

After mental strain or shock.

Delusions, imaginations, hallucinations, illusions; about self; circumstances; thinks is well

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; irritability; sends doctor home, says is not sick


Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; of others approaching

fear; of others approaching; in case touched by them

Memory; forgetful; of words while speaking

Talking, conversation; obstinate; declares there is nothing the matter with him

says is well, when very sick

Unconsciousness; during fever

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  VERTIGO, DIZZINESS - Arnica Montana


Chronic vertigo; objects whirl about especially when walking.

On closing eyes

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  HEAD - Arnica Montana

Cold spot on forehead

Brain; concussion of brain

Congestion (see pulsation)

Expanded sensation (see swollen); enlarged sensation

Hot; during chill

with coldness of body

After injuries of the head


Hot, with cold body; confused; sensitiveness of brain, with sharp, pinching pains

Pain, headache; with high or low temperature; headache during the heat

in forehead

back of head (occiput)

burning; body cold

pulling; back of head (occiput)


Scalp feels contracted

Sensitive; from brushing hair

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  EYES - Arnica Montana


Diplopia from traumatism, muscular paralysis, retinal hemorrhage

Bruised, sore feeling in eyes after close work

Must keep eyes open

Dizzy on closing them

Feel tired and weary after sight-seeing, moving pictures, etc.



foreign bodies

wounds; iris

Pain; from a blow

Pupils; insensitive to light

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  EARS - Arnica Montana


Noises in ear caused by rush of blood to the head

Shooting in and around ears

Blood from ears

Dullness of hearing after concussion

Pain in cartilages of ears as if bruised.


Impaired; from concussion

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  FACE - Arnica Montana


SUNKEN; very red

Heat in lips

Herpes in face.

Heat; during chill

with cold elsewhere; hands

Skin; discoloration; red; while shivering

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  NOSE - Arnica Montana


Bleeding after every fit of coughing, dark fluid blood

Nose feels sore; Cold.

Nose bleed

from being hit

from blowing the nose

with cough; whooping cough

from exertion

from washing face


Tingling; inside

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  MOUTH - Arnica Montana


Fetid breath

Dry and thirsty

Odour (halitosis, bad breath); offensive


Gums and teeth

Soreness of gums after teeth extraction ( Sepia Sepia.) Empyema of maxillary sinus.

Bleeding; gums; profuse bleeding after extraction of teeth

Teeth; pain; from concussion

pain; after a filling


Bitter taste ( Colocynthis Coloc.) Taste as from bad eggs

Taste; like rotten eggs

like rotten eggs; morning

putrid; in intermittent fever

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  CHEST - Arnica Montana


Heart; Angina pectoris; pain especially severe in elbow of left arm

Stitches in heart

Pulse feeble and irregular

Cardiac dropsy with distressing dyspnoea

Extremities distended, feel bruised and sore

Fatty heart and hypertrophy.

Heart; angina pectoris

fatty degeneration of heart

Lungs; haemorrhage (see expectoration)



sore, bruised

from coughing

holds chest with hands during cough

on pressing


breast; nipples

region of heart


Coughs depending on cardiac lesion, paroxysmal, at night, during sleep, worse exercise

Acute tonsillitis, swelling of soft palate and uvula

Pneumonia; approaching paralysis

Hoarseness from overuse of voice

Raw, sore feeling in morning

Cough produced by weeping and lamenting

Dry, from tickling low down in trachea

Bloody expectoration

Dyspnoea with hemoptysis

All bones and cartilages of chest painful

Violent, spasmatic cough with facial herpes

Whooping cough, child cries before coughing

Pleurodynia (Rannuc.; Cimicifuga Racemosa Cimicif.)

Pain; sore, bruised; respiration

Asthma attack; from fatty degeneration of heart

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  COUGH - Arnica Montana



Holds self during cough; must hold chest with both hands, while coughing

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  EXPECTORATION - Arnica Montana


Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage)

Mucous; bloody

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  SKIN - Arnica Montana


Black and blue

Itching, burning, eruption of small pimples

Crops of small boils ( Ichthyol; Silicea Silica.) Ecchymosis

Bed sores ( Bovinine locally.) Acne indurata, characterized by Symmetry in distribution.

Discoloration; bluish; spots

yellow, jaundice, etc.; spots

Abnormal growths; ulcers; with crawling sensation

ulcers; sensitive

Out-breaks on skin; boils

boils; small


Pain; like bruising

Becomes sore when lying down

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  BACK AND NECK - Arnica Montana

Back and neck

Pain; sore, bruised, beaten

sore, bruised, beaten; during shivering

sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back)



as if sprained; lumbar (lower half of back)

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  ABDOMEN - Arnica Montana


Stomach; Longing for vinegar

Distaste for milk and meat

Canine hunger

Pain in stomach during eating

Repletion with loathing

Oppressive gases pass upward and downward

Pressure as from a stone

Feeling as if stomach were pressing against spine

Stitches under false ribs

Sharp thrusts through abdomen.

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.

sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; groin region

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed)

retention of urine (see urination delayed); after exertion

spasm; cervix

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); frequent (see urination, frequent)

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual

urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); sudden; must hasten to urinate, or urine will escape

urination; dribbling (by drops); involuntary

urination; feeble stream (slow)

urination; involuntary, incontinence; night, bed wetting

urination; delayed, difficult; must wait for urine to start

Kidneys; suppression of urine

Stomach; burping, belching

burping, belching; bitter

burping, belching; like rotten eggs

morning; on rising

burping, belching; empty

burping, belching; foul

pain; sore, bruised, beaten (tenderness)

thirst; during chill

thirst; while perspiring


Distended; offensive flatus


Vomiting of blood

Fetid vomiting.

Stomach; vomiting; blood

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  RECTUM, ANUS, STOOL - Arnica Montana




rotten eggs

Involuntary stool


Straining of tenesmus in diarrhea

offensive, brown, BLOODY, putrid, involuntary

Looks like brown yeats

Must lie down after every stool

Diarrhoea of consumption; worse lying on left side

Dysenteric stools with muscular pains.

Containing pus

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  GENITALS ETC - Arnica Montana


Retained from over-exertion

Dark brick-red sediment

Vesical tenesmus with very painful micturition.

Strong and sharp (acrid)


Colour; brown

Odour; offensive

Sediment; containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)

sand; red (brick-dust)

Urine heavier than usual


Male; inflammation; testes

inflammation; testes; from bruising

swelling; penis


Uterine hemorrhage from mechanical injury after coition

Female; pain; sore, tenderness; womb


Bruised parts after labor

Violent after-pains

Sore nipples

Mastitis from injury

Feeling as if foetus were lying crosswise.

Male; pain; aching


Female; pain; pains after giving birth

pain; sore, tenderness; ovaries; walking

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  EXTREMITIES, LIMBS - Arnica Montana

Extremities, limbs


Great fear of being touched or approached

Pain in back and limbs, as if bruised or beaten

Sprained and dislocated feeling

Soreness after overexertion

Everything on which he lies seems too hard

Cannot walk erect, on account of bruised pain in pelvic region

Rheumatism begins low down and works up ( Ledum Palustre Ledum.)

Coldness; upper limbs; hands; with heat; with hot face

upper limbs; hands; with heat; with hot head

Injuries; hand; sprain

Pain; before chill





sore, bruised

in contact with bed

while lying down; in the limb lain on



hip; during chill

as if sprained; joint

as if sprained; wrist

as if sprained; ankle

as if sprained; foot

stitching, sudden, sharp; fingers; as from splinter

Skin; bursae (like bags on skin bursae)

chicken pox (see swelling); lower limbs

discoloration; hand; blueness

out-break on skin; painful

Weakness; joints

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  FEVER AND CHILL - Arnica Montana

Fever and chill

Shivering over whole body

Heat and redness of head, with coolness of rest of body

Internal heat; feet and hands cold

Nightly sour sweats.


Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature)

temperature); slightest movement of the bed-clothes

From environment; malarial influences

Dangerously cold

violent congestion of head, cold body, with thirst, chill felt most in pit of stomach, body feels bruised

With fever, but chill predominating

Shaking, shivering, rigors; with heat

with heat; of head

At certain time of day or night; from 4 a.m.

When uncovering, undressing

On waking

Sensation of cold water; dashed over him

Continued fever; small, purple spots; foul breath, says there is nothing the matter with him

Infectious fevers

Intense heat

of the head and face, body cold

Internal heat

Septic fever (see infectious, continued, from childbirth, etc.)

With shivering

from uncovering

Chilliness from uncovering

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Injuries and accidents


Injuries in general

Injuries of soft parts

Poisoning; poisoning by quinine

Shock from injury

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  GENERALITIES - Arnica Montana

Sleep and dreams

Sleepless and restless when overtired

Horrors in the night

Involuntary stools during sleep.

Dreams; animals, insects, beasts; animals


Falling asleep; when answering


Odour; offensive




Blood vessels; varicose veins

Physical exertion

Formication (like insects crawling around); external parts


Inflammation; blood vessels

Jar, stepping

Straining of muscles and tendons, from lifting

Movement; movement of affected part

Pain; glands


pressing; internally

sore, bruised


parts lain on

in spots

sudden, sharp; inward

tearing; externally

Pulse; frequent, accelerated, elevated, exalted, fast, innumerable, rapid

Sensitive; bed feels hard


excessive physical irritability

Nervous shuddering

During sleep

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)

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