Arnica is a yellow colored flower, which looks like daisy. Arnica is also known as Leopard’s bane, mountain tobacco, and sneezewort. Belonging to the sunflower family, it is mostly found in Europe. But, nowadays, it is found in many other parts of the world.
Arnica is well known for its medicinal properties. Since hundreds of years, it has been used as a remedy for external injuries and maladies. The flower heals inflammation and stimulates the rapid healing of the wounds. It is also used to reduce post surgery pain.
10 Side Effects Of Arnica:
But Arnica also comes with some side effects. Some of them are:
1. Stomach Discomfort:
Arnica can irritate the digestive system and its lining called mucosa. For this reason, arnica is never taken orally. Even taken in low dosage in homeopathy medicine, it causes irritation in the stomach. This irritation further leads to pain and loss of appetite. But, this problem is temporary and goes away within a day or two.
2. Breast Feeding And Pregnancy:
Arnica usage should be avoided if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Arnica is considered as unsafe for pregnant or breast feeding women.
As mentioned before, arnica irritates the stomach when taken orally. This irritation may further cause severe nausea or an urge to vomit. This side effect is common among many individuals consuming arnica.
People sensitive to compositae or asteraceae family plants, which includes chrysanthemums, ragweed, marigolds, daisies and related plants, might also be allergic to arnica. People who are hypersensitive to such plants should consult the doctor before using arnica in any form.
5. Nose Bleeding:
Arnica can also cause nosebleeds, which is not considered as a serious effect by American Cancer Society. A bleeding nose is not a problem in itself. Rather, it indicates that there is an internal bleeding that needs to be treated. It is best to discontinue the use of arnica on encountering such side effect and immediately visit your doctor.
Dizziness occurs as a side effect when arnica is taken for internal issues. When you experience such side effect, consult your doctor immediately.
7. Interactions with Drugs:
Arnica may interact with a number of corticosteroids, anesthetic, and anti-inflammatory drugs. It can also cause bleeding when taken with anticoagulants. Specific constituents present in arnica might lower serum lipids in the body. Those taking drugs for lowering cholesterol should take arnica with a caution.
8. Heart Problems:
American Cancer Society indicates that arnica might cause irregularities in heart rhythm. This is a condition where the heart beats irregularly. It might either slow down or speed up, causing palpitations. So, consult your doctor immediately if you experience severe palpitations. This side effect is dangerous, since it can cause death. It needs immediate diagnosis.
American Cancer Society reports tremor as one of the most common side effect of taking arnica orally. The person might experience uncontrollable movements of legs and hands. Such side effect requires medical evaluation. Tremors signal that your central nervous system has been affected.
10. Other Side Effects:
Arnica in undiluted form is considered unsafe. According to a report, it causes faster heart beat, cardiac arrest, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rashes and shortness of breath. Its toxicity might also cause dyspnea, and gastroenteritis. It might also cause damage to your heart, increase the blood pressure level, and organ failure. Sometimes, its consumption leads to coma and even death.
Tips On Arnica Usage:
Before consuming arnica, it is important to dilute arnica. Taking arnica in undiluted form can lead to chronic side effects. Avoid application of arnica on broken skin. Homoeopathic doses should also be used according to specific instructions.
Arnica forms an integral part of homoeopathy. It offers various benefits. But, if you play doctor and overlook the recommended dosage, you can experience any of these side effects. So, follow your doctor’s instructions to stay safe!
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