Arnica Montana- Post surgery Swelling and bruising reduction

  • Acs2656
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2 years ago

I just bought some on Amazon after question my Drs nurse about it and getting this email response   "We do give this to our cosmetic patients to take.  We have it at the office. ... If you want, you can stop by & pick up a box. It's an herbal supplement & is really called Arnica Montana. It dates way back to the stage coach days & probably longer.  I had to laugh, my husband had on this John Wayne movie "McClintock".  I particularly am not fond of Westerns but I let him leave it on.  It is a somewhat humorous John Wayne movie & his real life son also played in the movie w/ him as his son!  So his son was having this brawl w/ another cowboy in the dirt & his face got all beat up.  John Wayne is looming over him, hands on his hips as the famous John Wayne stance & says "You need some Arnica Montana"!!!  Well I just about wet my pants!!!  LOL!!! That movie I swear is on some channel every other week. Watch it next time it is on! So yes, by all means take it.  The Plastic surgeons did studies on it & they have proven it does reduce swelling & bruising.  I wish the orthopods would use it.  I understand that it does not interfere with any other medication that anyone would take except for Talwin (which is a very old pain medication which I swear never worked!).  I don't think anyone ever prescribes Talwin anymore.  Also L-Arginine (I think I spelled it right) is another thing that is similar. Well you did some nice research there."     I didn't know if anyone was looking for more things to try. It has EXCELLENT reviews absolutely everywhere I looked, and since H (we'll call her H for now) seemed totally comfortable and aware of it, I am gonna give it a try,   Has anyone else used this?   I know you start taking it a few days before surgery and continue a while after. I am excited and hope it works well for me!

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I just read about it on webmd.com and it sounds unsafe to me.
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bromelain taken between meals is wonderful for reducing swelling, arnica is good in a cream applied to lip bruising
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lipo, not lip!!!!
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Hi! I'm curious about what brand of AM you ladies would suggest? I am looking into ordering some.
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I just had a tummy tuck in the uk . I'm now 3 days post op. I was advised to take Arnica in tablet form from 4 days before my surgery , and then continue taking it post op . I can honestly say I am in virtually no pain and there is very little sign of any bruising or swelling . I'm not taking any other pain relief either . So I can highly recommend Arnica .
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I'm due for tummy tuck and flank lipo August 24, just slowly gettting stuff together for surgery. I was curious about Arnica, and glad I found this thread. I did some research online about Arnica (spoiler: I have a medical background) and found that the antiinflammatory benefits of the flower and herb have been traced back to the 13th century. However, I also looked up in the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) database and unfortunately in all the studies that compare placebo (sugar pill) to Arnica, there have been no studies that found any benefit over placebo. The main review I read was from the Archives of Surgery. The review pointed out that many of the studies were flawed to some degree, so the authors would not go so far as to say that there is no benefit, just that no study has been able to prove it. Large doses of Arnica (difficult to quantify what is a large dose) have been associated with GI bleeding. That would make sense as most antiinflammatories have this effect at high doses. That being said, it sounds as if many people here did feel a benefit, but again, sometimes people feel just as good a benefit from placebo. I'm going to keep looking. I had my hopes up for this, only because I am partial to ibuprofen, another antiinflammatory med, and that's more or less banned in the post operative period. I hate pain meds (found this out after a recent knee surgery), so always looking for an alternative. Thanks for letting me on the soapbox!
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I'm experiencing swelling and some minor pain at the end of the day and at night. Can I use Arnica Montana after the procedure? I'm exactly 10 days post- op, I'm willing to try it if it will help. The pain is tolerable, I'm not sure if I overdid it. Yesterday was my first full day back into my normal routine and now I feel like I'm paying for it. I go back to work in another week and I need to be 100%, so if the AM is worth a shot I will try it. Thanks!
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The AM helped with my swelling post surgery and continues to help inflammation with my joints now. Can't hurt to try it.
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Thanks, I'm going to go out and get some.
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This stuff is great! I've taken 2 doses today and for the first time since my surgery I'm able to lay on my stomach. This AM is going to be my new best friend. Thanks guys!
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Thanks to everyone who shared their experience taking Arnica Montana before & after BR. I will definitely purchase some and use it leading up to & after my BR if my PS approves. My list of items to purchase before my BR in April is growing! :) As impatient as I am to have my BR, it has been good to have this time to research what others have done to ease the bruising, swelling, and discomfort of the healing process.
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I am glad you found this site and this post as useful as you did! I started this conversation just to seek info and to "blog" about my own experience with arnica, and I am so happy that it has become such a huge thing on here. We ladies have to stick together and help each other out with all of this.
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Thanks so much for starting this Acs2656. Yes, we do need to help each other out. I am so appreciative of everything others have taken the time to share. I did a bit more research on Arnica Montana after seeing this thread, and found source after source documenting the benefits of it's use. I will definitely be using it. Thank you!
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I still use Arnica after my surgery. It has been very helpful with pain and aches from old work injuries.
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Good to know! Thanks Soilschick. :)
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I continued to use it too! I had stiffness in my knees and when I stopped Arnica for BR surgery the stiffness returned, I started Arnica again and no stiffness.
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That's awesome to hear Colette. Glad it is working so well for you. I'm looking forward to using Arnica Montana! I've been running and walking 6 days a week, so that should help me aside from the BR as well.
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Will 1 bottle of 250 be enough.. how many times a day and how many do I take at once? When do I start taking it if my procedure is 2/1 Also any recommendations to treat scars that I will be expecting w reduction
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I am not sure about the type you have because the AM that I used was in a tube about the size of Chap Stick with little pellets. I took 5 pellets 3x a day and the tube lasted about 5 days. There is a box with 3 tubes at Whole Foods which is the quantity that the manufacturer expects you to use. I started AM the day of surgery but ladies on the site have been told to start 1-2 days prior. I used the AM for about 5 weeks so I needed about 5 tubes. Hope this info helps! Best wishes for an easy surgery and recovery. Best C
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Thanks so much
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I have taking Arnica for almost a week and noticed that it has helped sore muscles from work injuries. Mu hips and lower back do not hurt as much, sometimes not at all. Is this just a side benefit for me? I just drove 5 hours today and hardly any pain anywhere in my body. I feel great. I have been plagued by the hip/lower back pain for 8 years.
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I would think that your positive side effects are from the arnica. Have you used/changed anything else along with it? I have been out of AM for a few days now and I can DEFINITELY tell the difference. I still have no pain (4 weeks post op) but my breasts have been super swollen the past few days. It's like they're filled with water. They're jiggling all over the place!
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Not really, started using Claritin again.
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My PS nurse recommended Arnica to me today! Another thing I did not know about it, you can give it to your pets! She said I will be glad I took it, it does wonders for bruising and swelling. I had already ordered some and was going to ask to make sure it was okay, but before I had a chance she suggested it! I have high hopes for it :)
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I know what you mean about the swelling when I ran out of AM. I finally weaned off after 8 weeks without any swelling
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