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Arnica for Joint Pain

Arnica montana

Arnica montana (also known as wolf’s bane) is a rare European plant in the sunflower family. Used for many years in traditional medicine, arnica is used to relieve arthritis pain, inflammation, bruising, sprains, and as a fungicide. While toxic in high doses, topical arnica is generally regarded as safe and is available commercially in ointment form.

Arnica to Relieve Joint Pain


  • Arnica can be purchased in ointment, liniment, or tincture form. Use as directed on the package, and do not exceed recommended amounts.

Why It Works

Compounds in arnica have been shown to relieve pain and inflammation, similar to the arthritis medications in the NSAID family.


Arnica should not be taken internally, as severe gastrointestinal problems may result. Arnica may cause skin irritation, particularly with prolonged usage. Stop use if you experience symptoms such as blisters, peeling or other skin conditions. Do not use arnica on open wounds. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your healthcare provider before using arnica.

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