I found some of the dangers of using arnica on the website LIVESTRONG.com. Here's what they said:
Although the safest use of arnica is external as a topical remedy, using arnica on your skin can still cause side effects like:
- allergic reactions,
warns the University of Maryland Medical Center. Arnica is usually not recommended for use on open wounds or broken skin. Even in diluted homeopathic dosages, taking arnica internally can cause severe side effects, such as low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal distress, coma and even death, says the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In fact, in 1999 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classified arnica as unsafe for internal use due to the plant's poisonous properties.
Don't use arnica remedies before first consulting your doctor if you have blood pressure problems, or if you take:
- anticoagulant or
- antiplatelet drugs,
warns the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Arnica could interact negatively with these types of medications, particularly if you take the homeopathic remedy internally. Using arnica topically doesn't appear to interact with any medications, but you should still discuss these possible health risks with your doctor before applying arnica remedies, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center."
Placebo effect tests have been performed on arnica for years. Some tests show arnica is benefitial while other test show it's basically a plecebo effect and has no benefits at all. Article
All I know is I have been applying arnica for the past two weeks and I haven't felt any diffent. I know my arm is healing but I don't know if it has anything to do with the arnica that I am applying.
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