Arnica is an herb that has been used for centuries to reduce swelling, bruising, and soreness, and speed healing. It is effective when used topically or orally.
Arnica works as an anti-inflammatory by stimulating circulation and the activity of white blood cells. It is often recommended as a remedy for sports related injuries. For cosmetic surgery patients its healing effects can mean a faster, less painful, and more cosmetically pleasing recovery. While many people only use the herb after surgery or an injury, the benefits can be enhanced by beginning use about two weeks before a procedure.
Arnica should be used with care. Topical applications of arnica cannot be applied to broken skin so incision site should be avoided. The herb should only be taken orally in its homeopathic form.