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Anybody heard-of or use arnica cream?(6 posts)

Anybody heard-of or use arnica cream?Kristin
May 13, 2002 9:04 AM
An overseas friend told me to try this for sore muscles after a ride. Has anyone tried this? Is it any good? If so, where is a good place to get some?
I swear by it.MelMo
May 13, 2002 9:55 AM
I think it works really well. I use it on my knees (when I've gotten too ambitious about gearing and hills) and on my hands. I suppose it could be psychological, but if so the power of my belief is strong. It's not like icy hot or something with menthol--there's nothing to let you know it's working, but a couple of minutes after you rub it in, you feel better.

Mine comes from a little hippy granola herbal stuff producer in the Seattle area--I bought it at my local farmer's market. I think they have a website, but the jar is at home and I'm at work. E-mail me at mkmorrow at yahoo dot com if you're interested and I'll check when I get home.
re: I use the little homeopathic pillsdzrider
May 13, 2002 9:59 AM
It's difficult to evaluate how well they work since I have no way of knowing how sore I would have been had I not used them. Nonetheless I now take them the first few days after endurance events, along with vitamin e, and think I get better faster and spend less time walking down stairs backwards.

Homeopathic medicine has cured my gas, an abcessed gum and poison ivy. I'd see a doctor for more serious problems, but see no reason why arnica can't help with sore muscles.
Homeopathic medicine is an oxymoronKerry
May 13, 2002 5:30 PM
Sorry, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO SCIENCE to support the concept of homeopathy other than the placebo effect. It's nice to have belief, but to call this medicine is a total joke. It's just another version of poly water and cold fusion - it's all there for those who want to believe and nobody else can prove it.
Hmmm...you opened a can of worms. Open at your own risk.Kristin
May 14, 2002 6:10 AM
I try to be careful with homeopathic products because there is a lot of snake oil being pushed these days. However, I don't just dismiss something because it hasn't been poked at by some guy in a white lab coat or injected into a rat. I just do a little more research. Look at some of the killer products that have been researched and approved by the FDA over the past 10 years. It fixed the liver but destroyed the heart, and science says, "Oops, we didn't realize that was going to happen." So why trust in pharmacology? Because they ran a 6 month trial on a drug they want me to ingest for the next 10 years? The FDA regularly proves that science is imperfect. In the end, there are very few things that one can put on/into their body without risk--purified water being one of the few exceptions. And in the hands of greedy money-lovers the science of medicine is becoming dangerous. Just examine the whole ADD/Ritalin farce. What a sad thing for creative children born in the 80's. If I had been 10 years younger, I would have been doped up for my entire childhood, with God-knows-what long term effect on my brain. People are exploring homeopathy because the medical industry has fallen short and this is frightening. And in this age where the printing press might as well be sold a Wal*mart, the question of who/what is trustworthy will only become more blurred. My guess is people will tend more towards homeopathy as the medical industry becomes more and more costly. Hopefully though, people will seek out real knowledge and truth and not just trust what they read in the next paperback edition.

Sorry, I got off on a rant. *steps down from soap box*

Hey, are there any studies published about this stuff, showing its effective/ineffectiveness? Where could I look those up? (Sorry, I'm dumb when it comes to finding medical research.)
re: Anybody heard-of or use arnica cream?Stampertje
May 14, 2002 3:28 AM
My PCP used to prescribe arnica for sprains (usually when I caught a baseball on the wrong hand). I still use it, mostly on my ankles these days. Arnica ointments are kind of oily, so you can gently massage the area when applying. Only place I know around Chicago that has it is WholeFoods.