Arnica, Arnica montana, is a popular folk remedy for a variety of ailments. The plant grows naturally in the mountains of Europe and Siberia, recognizable by its bright yellow flowers. While its efficacy remains under debate, it continues to be a popular ingredient in many herbal healing formulas.
One of the most common uses of arnica is as a topical ointment to soothe minor muscle aches after exercise or other activities. While this is a common folk usage, clinical studies have not resulted in evidence that it is effective. However, commercial formulas containing arnica may still be effective due to other ingredients.
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