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Arnica Montana

Leopard's Bane, Arnica, Mountain Arnica

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HPUS label indication: Bruises

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

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.
Better, lying down, or with head low.
WORSE, least touch; motion; rest; wine; damp cold.
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.
Locally, the tincture, but should never be applied HOT or at all when abrasions or cuts are present.

    EXPECTORATION (click for more)

Bloody, spitting of blood (see chest haemorrhage)

Mucous; bloody

    MIND (click for more)

After mental strain or shock.

Agoraphobia (fear of space)

Fears touch, or the approach of anyone

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

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

Nervous; cannot bear pain; whole body oversensitive

Says there is nothing the matter with him

Unconscious; when spoken to answers correctly, but relapses

Wants to be let alone

    VERTIGO, DIZZINESS (click for more)

On closing eyes

    HEAD (click for more)

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

Chronic vertigo; objects whirl about especially when walking.

Cold spot on forehead

After injuries of the head

Brain; concussion of brain

Congestion (see pulsation)

Expanded sensation (see swollen); enlarged sensation

Hot; during chill
Hot; with coldness of body

Pain, headache; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; burning; body cold
Pain, headache; in forehead
Pain, headache; pulling; back of head (occiput)
Pain, headache; with high or low temperature; headache during the heat

Sensitive; from brushing hair

Scalp feels contracted

    EYE (click for more)

Bruised, sore feeling in eyes after close work

Diplopia from traumatism, muscular paralysis, retinal hemorrhage

Dizzy on closing them


Inflammation; foreign bodies
Inflammation; wounds; iris

Pain; from a blow

Pupils; insensitive to light

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

Must keep eyes open

    EAR (click for more)

Blood from ears

Dullness of hearing after concussion

Noises in ear caused by rush of blood to the head

Pain in cartilages of ears as if bruised.

Shooting in and around ears

    HEARING (click for more)

Impaired; from concussion

    NOSE (click for more)

Bleeding after every fit of coughing, dark fluid blood

Nose feels sore; Cold.

Nose bleed
Nose bleed; during fever; typhoid
Nose bleed; from being hit
Nose bleed; from blowing the nose
Nose bleed; from exertion
Nose bleed; from washing face
Nose bleed; with cough; whooping cough


Tingling; inside

    FACE (click for more)

Heat; during chill
Heat; with cold elsewhere; hands

Skin; discoloration; red; while shivering

Heat in lips

Herpes in face.

SUNKEN; very red

    MOUTH (click for more)

Dry and thirsty

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

Fetid breath

Bitter taste ( Coloc.) Taste as from bad eggs

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; after a filling
Teeth; pain; from concussion

    ABDOMEN (click for more)

Stitches under false ribs

Fetid vomiting.

Feeling as if stomach were pressing against spine

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; delayed, difficult; must wait for urine to start
Bladder; urination; dribbling (by drops); involuntary
Bladder; urination; feeble stream (slow)
Bladder; urination; involuntary, incontinence; night, bed wetting

Kidneys; suppression of urine

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

Stomach; burping, belching
Stomach; burping, belching; bitter
Stomach; burping, belching; empty
Stomach; burping, belching; foul
Stomach; burping, belching; like rotten eggs
Stomach; burping, belching; like rotten eggs; morning; on rising
Stomach; pain; sore, bruised, beaten (tenderness)
Stomach; thirst; during chill
Stomach; thirst; while perspiring
Stomach; vomiting; blood

Canine hunger

Distaste for milk and meat

Distended; offensive flatus

Oppressive gases pass upward and downward

Pain in stomach during eating

Pressure as from a stone

Repletion with loathing

Sharp thrusts through abdomen.

Stomach; Longing for vinegar

Vomiting of blood

    RECTUM (click for more)

Flatulence; offensive
Flatulence; offensive; rotten eggs

Involuntary stool

    STOOL (click for more)

Straining of tenesmus in diarrhea

Diarrhoea of consumption; worse lying on left side

Dysenteric stools with muscular pains.

Looks like brown yeats

Must lie down after every stool

offensive, brown, BLOODY, putrid, involuntary

Containing pus

    URINE (click for more)

Dark brick-red sediment

Retained from over-exertion


Colour; brown

Odour; offensive

Sediment; containing pus (see bladder, catarrh and inflammation)
Sediment; sand; red (brick-dust)

Strong and sharp (acrid)

Urine heavier than usual

Vesical tenesmus with very painful micturition.

    GENITALS (click for more)

Feeling as if foetus were lying crosswise.

Female; Bruised parts after labor
Female; pain; pains after giving birth
Female; pain; sore, tenderness; ovaries; walking
Female; pain; sore, tenderness; womb

Male; inflammation; testes
Male; inflammation; testes; from bruising
Male; pain; aching
Male; swelling
Male; swelling; penis

Mastitis from injury

Sore nipples

Uterine hemorrhage from mechanical injury after coition

Violent after-pains

    RESPIRATION (click for more)

Whooping cough, child cries before coughing

Violent, spasmatic cough with facial herpes

Acute tonsillitis, swelling of soft palate and uvula

All bones and cartilages of chest painful

Bloody expectoration

Cough produced by weeping and lamenting

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

Dry, from tickling low down in trachea

Dyspnoea with hemoptysis

Hoarseness from overuse of voice

Pleurodynia (Rannuc.; Cimicif.)

Pneumonia; approaching paralysis

Raw, sore feeling in morning

Asthma attack; from fatty degeneration of heart

    COUGH (click for more)


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

    CHEST (click for more)

Cardiac dropsy with distressing dyspnoea

Heart; angina pectoris
Heart; fatty degeneration of heart

Lungs; haemorrhage (see expectoration)

Pain; pressure
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; breast; nipples
Pain; sore, bruised; from coughing
Pain; sore, bruised; holds chest with hands during cough
Pain; sore, bruised; on pressing
Pain; sore, bruised; region of heart
Pain; sore, bruised; respiration
Pain; sore, bruised; touch

Extremities distended, feel bruised and sore

Fatty heart and hypertrophy.

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

Pulse feeble and irregular

Stitches in heart

    BACK (click for more)

Pain; as if sprained; lumbar (lower half of back)
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; during shivering
Pain; sore, bruised, beaten; lumbar (lower half of back)

    EXTREMITIES, LIMBS (click for more)

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

Deathly coldness of forearm

Everything on which he lies seems too hard

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

Injuries; hand; sprain

Pain; as if sprained; ankle
Pain; as if sprained; foot
Pain; as if sprained; joint
Pain; as if sprained; wrist
Pain; before chill
Pain; joints
Pain; joints; gouty
Pain; joints; paralytic
Pain; rheumatic
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; forearm
Pain; sore, bruised; hip; during chill
Pain; sore, bruised; in contact with bed
Pain; sore, bruised; joints
Pain; sore, bruised; while lying down; in the limb lain on
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


Great fear of being touched or approached

Pain in back and limbs, as if bruised or beaten

Rheumatism begins low down and works up ( Ledum.

Soreness after overexertion

Sprained and dislocated feeling

    SLEEP (click for more)

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

Sleepless and restless when overtired

    CHILL (click for more)

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

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

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


From environment; malarial influences
From environment; malarial influences

On waking

Sensation of cold water; dashed over him

Shaking, shivering, rigors; with heat
Shaking, shivering, rigors; with heat; of head

When uncovering, undressing

With fever, but chill predominating

    FEVER (click for more)

Febrile symptoms closely related to typhoid

Chilliness from uncovering

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

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

Internal heat; feet and hands cold

Nightly sour sweats.

Shivering over whole body

    PERSPIRATION (click for more)

Odour; offensive

    SKIN (click for more)

Itching, burning, eruption of small pimples

Black and blue

Crops of small boils ( Ichthyol; Silica.) Ecchymosis

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

Abnormal growths; ulcers; sensitive
Abnormal growths; ulcers; with crawling sensation

Becomes sore when lying down

Discoloration; bluish; spots
Discoloration; yellow, jaundice, etc.; spots

Out-breaks on skin; boils
Out-breaks on skin; boils; small
Out-breaks on skin; painful

Pain; like bruising

    INJURIES AND ACCIDENTS (click for more)


Injuries in general

Injuries of soft parts

Poisoning; poisoning by quinine

Shock from injury

    GENERALITIES (click for more)

Blood vessels; varicose veins

During sleep


Formication (like insects crawling around); external parts


Inflammation; blood vessels

Jar, stepping

Movement; movement of affected part

Nervous shuddering


Pain; glands
Pain; pinching
Pain; pressing; internally
Pain; sore, bruised
Pain; sore, bruised; externally
Pain; sore, bruised; in spots
Pain; sore, bruised; parts lain on
Pain; sudden, sharp; inward
Pain; tearing; externally

Physical exertion

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

Sensitive; bed feels hard
Sensitive; excessive physical irritability
Sensitive; externally

Straining of muscles and tendons, from lifting

Weakness (see lethargic, weariness)
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Entries on a white background are from Boericke's Materia Medica. Entries on a green background are from a reversed Kent's repertory, with some alterations to modernise the language. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA.