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Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 25, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • Arnica chamissonis
  • Arnica cordifolia
  • Arnica fulgens
  • Arnica latifolia
  • Arnica montana
  • Arnica sororia
  • Arnica Flos
  • Arnica Flowers
  • Arnica Root
  • Common Arnica
  • Leopard's Bane
  • Leopardsbane
  • Mountain Arnica
  • Mountain Daisy
  • Mountain Snuff
  • Mountain Tobacco
  • Sneezewort
  • Wolf's Bane
  • Wolfsbane
  • Wundkraut

What is this product used for?

Arnica is used by some people to ease joint pain from arthritis.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product on broken skin. Do not take this product by mouth.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to pollens or plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs that can thin your blood. These are drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), warfarin (Coumadin), enoxaparin (Lovenox).

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Bleeding problems

    • Stomach problems

    • High blood pressure

    • Fast heart rate

What should I watch for?

When used on the skin for long periods, skin irritation can happen which may include:

  • Dry skin with red, itchy bumps especially around the elbows and knees

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Swelling around the area where applied

  • Peeling skin or blisters

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