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Arnica Montana

Leopard's Bane, Arnica, Mountain Arnica

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HPUS indication: Bruises

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Below are the strongest indications of Arnica in traditional homeopathic usage, not reviewed by the FDA.

Materia Medica Sources
H.C. Allen - no Arnica Montana
T.F. AllenBoenninghausenBoerickeBogerClarke  
Hahnemann - no Arnica Montana
HeringKent Lectures  
Kent New remedies - no Arnica Montana
Reversed & reworded Kent repertory  
Morrel - no Arnica Montana
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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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WORSE, least touch; motion; rest; wine; damp cold.


Better, lying down, or with head low.

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Antidotes: Camph.
Vitex Trifolia - Indian Arnica ( Sprains and pains, headache in temples, pain in joints; pain in abdomen; pain in testicles.)
Complementary: Acon.; Ipec.
Compare: Acon.; Bapt.; Bellis; Hemamellis; Rhus; Hypericum.

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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

Emotions, feelings, attitude, disposition; mildness

Insecure, uncertain, scared; fear; of others approaching

Insecure, uncertain, scared; 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

Talking, conversation; says is well, when very sick

Unconsciousness; during fever

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Vertigo, dizziness

On closing eyes

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

Scalp feels contracted

Cold spot on forehead

Chronic vertigo; objects whirl about especially when walking.

Brain; concussion of brain

Congestion (see pulsation)

Expanded sensation (see swollen); enlarged sensation

Hot; during chill

Hot; with coldness of body

After injuries of the head

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

Pain, headache; in forehead

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)

Pain, headache; burning; body cold

Pain, headache; pulling; back of head (occiput)

Sensitive; from brushing hair

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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.



Inflammation; foreign bodies

Inflammation; wounds; iris

Pain; from a blow

Pupils; insensitive to light

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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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Bleeding after every fit of coughing, dark fluid blood

Nose feels sore; Cold.

Nose bleed

Nose bleed; from being hit

Nose bleed; from blowing the nose

Nose bleed; with cough; whooping cough

Nose bleed; from exertion

Nose bleed; from washing face


Tingling; inside

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SUNKEN; very red

Heat in lips

Herpes in face.

Heat; during chill

Heat; with cold elsewhere; hands

Skin; discoloration; red; while shivering

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Fetid breath

Dry and thirsty

Bitter taste ( Coloc.) Taste as from bad eggs

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

Bleeding; gums; profuse bleeding after extraction of teeth

Odour (halitosis, bad breath); offensive

Odour (halitosis, bad breath); putrid

Taste; like rotten eggs

Taste; like rotten eggs; morning

Taste; putrid; in intermittent fever

Teeth; pain; from concussion

Teeth; pain; after a filling

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Black and blue

Itching, burning, eruption of small pimples

Crops of small boils ( Ichthyol; Silica.) Ecchymosis

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

Discoloration; bluish; spots

Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.; spots

Abnormal growths; ulcers; with crawling sensation

Abnormal growths; ulcers; sensitive

Out-breaks on skin; boils

Out-breaks on skin; boils; small

Out-breaks on skin; painful

Pain; like bruising

Becomes sore when lying down

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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

Heart; fatty degeneration of heart

Lungs; haemorrhage (see expectoration)


Pain; pressure

Pain; sore, bruised

Pain; sore, bruised; from coughing

Pain; sore, bruised; holds chest with hands during cough

Pain; sore, bruised; on pressing

Pain; sore, bruised; respiration

Pain; sore, bruised; touch

Pain; sore, bruised; breast; nipples

Pain; sore, bruised; region of heart

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

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Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage)

Mucous; bloody

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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.; Cimicif.)

Asthma attack; from fatty degeneration of heart

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Pain; sore, bruised, beaten

Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; during shivering

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

Pain; as if sprained; lumbar (lower half of back)

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Stomach; Longing for vinegar

Distaste for milk and meat

Canine hunger

Vomiting of blood

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

Fetid vomiting.

Stitches under false ribs

Distended; offensive flatus

Sharp thrusts through abdomen.

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.

Pain; sore, bruised, tenderness, etc.; groin region

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed)

Bladder; retention of urine (see urination delayed); after exertion

Bladder; spasm; cervix

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

Bladder; urging to urinate (unhealthy desire); ineffectual

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

Bladder; urination; dribbling (by drops); involuntary

Bladder; urination; feeble stream (slow)

Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence; night, bed wetting

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

Kidneys; suppression of urine

Stomach; burping, belching

Stomach; burping, belching; bitter

Stomach; burping, belching; like rotten eggs

Stomach; burping, belching; like rotten eggs; morning; on rising

Stomach; burping, belching; empty

Stomach; burping, belching; foul

Stomach; pain; sore, bruised, beaten (tenderness)

Stomach; thirst; during chill

Stomach; thirst; while perspiring

Stomach; vomiting; blood

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Flatulence; offensive

Flatulence; offensive; rotten eggs

Involuntary stool

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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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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)

Sediment; sand; red (brick-dust)

Urine heavier than usual

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Female; Bruised parts after labor

Violent after-pains

Uterine hemorrhage from mechanical injury after coition

Sore nipples

Mastitis from injury

Feeling as if foetus were lying crosswise.

Male; inflammation; testes

Male; inflammation; testes; from bruising

Male; pain; aching

Male; swelling

Male; swelling; penis

Female; pain; pains after giving birth

Female; pain; sore, tenderness; ovaries; walking

Female; pain; sore, tenderness; womb

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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

Deathly coldness of forearm

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

Rheumatism begins low down and works up ( Ledum.

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

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

Injuries; hand; sprain

Pain; before chill

Pain; rheumatic

Pain; joints

Pain; joints; gouty

Pain; joints; paralytic

Pain; sore, bruised

Pain; sore, bruised; in contact with bed

Pain; sore, bruised; while lying down; in the limb lain on

Pain; sore, bruised; joints

Pain; sore, bruised; forearm

Pain; sore, bruised; hip; during chill

Pain; as if sprained; joint

Pain; as if sprained; wrist

Pain; as if sprained; ankle

Pain; as if sprained; foot

Pain; stitching, sudden, sharp; fingers; as from splinter

Skin; bursae (like bags on skin bursae)

Skin; chicken pox (see swelling); lower limbs

Skin; discoloration; hand; blueness

Skin; out-break on skin; painful

Weakness; joints

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Sleep and dreams

Sleepless and restless when overtired

Comatose drowsiness; awakens with hot head; dreams of death, mutilated bodies, anxious and terrible

Horrors in the night

Involuntary stools during sleep.

Dreams; animals, insects, beasts; animals

Dreams; anxious

Falling asleep; when answering

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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)

Chilliness (see also whole body; temperature); slightest movement of the bed-clothes

From environment; malarial influences

Dangerously cold

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

Shaking, shivering, rigors; 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

Intense heat; of the head and face, body cold

Internal heat

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

With shivering

With shivering; from uncovering

Chilliness from uncovering

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Odour; offensive

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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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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

Pain; pinching

Pain; pressing; internally

Pain; sore, bruised

Pain; sore, bruised; externally

Pain; sore, bruised; parts lain on

Pain; sore, bruised; in spots

Pain; sudden, sharp; inward

Pain; tearing; externally

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

Sensitive; bed feels hard

Sensitive; externally

Sensitive; excessive physical irritability

Nervous shuddering

During sleep

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)

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