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Arnica – The Homeopathic Bute

17 August 2011 No Comment

Arnica – The Homeopathic Bute
By: Cheyanne West

Arnica Montana (Leopard’s Bane) is probably one of the most commonly used remedy in the homeopathic materia medica. Historically, Arnica has been used for physical pain and trauma and has been known in the horse world as a homeopathic Bute. It is indicated for the effects of physical pain, trauma, injuries and trauma from falls, blows, contusions, and bruising and has its greatest affinity to pain due to a “blow” to an area. This means a blow to any part of the physical body. Used as needed for pain, this remedy also has a strong affect on anxiety associated with/from physical pain.

Not too long ago, a young man contacted me asking for a remedy for his horse that was terrified of entering a trailer. He knew from the horse’s past that the horse had been in a pretty bad accident and was sure that is where the terror came from. He told me he first tried the homeopathic remedy Gelsemium, which is used for “anticipated anxiety”. He said that was the remedy that made the most sense considering the horse’s history. However, it did not effect him.

Next he tried Aconite, a remedy used in sudden anxiety, fear and fright. This remedy did not work either. I explained to him about the uses of Arnica on anxiety. The “residue” of the pain was still an imprint on the horse’s system so I suggested he give the horse a dose of Arnica in the evening prior and then again a half-hour or so before loading. The results were great.

Though there was a little resistance, it took only 10 minutes to get this colt to load, and he has been loading well ever since.

This remedy typically is used for injuries, bruises, hematomas, labor pain, lameness pain, and shock. It can be used as a preventative by giving a dose prior to a strenuous ride or work out to prevent soreness, then afterwards to prevent the horse from stocking up. It has been used as a liniment during massage and along a horse’s back that has been bruised by an ill-fitting saddle. It is not recommended that this remedy be used topically on an area where the skin is broken as it may aggravate a wound.

As you become more acquainted with homeopathic remedies and their uses, I suggest that you study further the full scope of a remedies capabilities. Just because a remedy is “known” for one things, doesn’t mean it can’t be used in other things.

Editors Note: If you would like more information about the use of arnica or would like to ask Cheyanne about other homeopathic remedies, she can be contacted at: AskCheyanne@TodaysHorse.com.

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