Do Arnica Cream or Herbal Creams actually work?
Are you skeptical that Arnica cream and other herbal creams actually work? How do they give you natural pain relief? How do they help with healing sprains, strains, muscle and joint injury or bruising?
Are you trying to find natural pain relief options that are safe for you and all your family? Or an effective fast acting anti-inflammatory cream for sports injuries?
Are you wondering about the health risks of using NSAID drugs like ibuprofen or diclofenac (such as Voltaren or Nurofen?)
Here’s why Rapid Recovery Cream is the perfect safe effective and natural pain relief anti-inflammatory bruise cream and healing remedy.
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Do Arnica Creams actually work?
The quick answer is absolutely yes....It’s possible to get fast, safe & natural pain relief and fast anti inflammatory relief. But you must choose herbal creams with the right active ingredients, and the right quantity of active ingredients.
Our advice? Read the label and choose a product with highly effective levels of proven natural ingredients.
And check out the way the ingredients are processed. For example – you will want to choose those products with Arnica flower tincture (NOT the cheaper Arnica oil). Only Arnica montana flower tincture has the active phytochemical called Helenalin. This is the potent, natural anti-inflammatory which stops bruising & swelling and with strong immune stimulant properties, it speeds up your healing process. Other Arnica extracts which are from Arnica stem or roots wo’nt work – those parts of the plant does not have high levels of helenalin. Nor will those extracted in oil as the vital phytochemical helenalin is not oil soluble. At best products wih Arnica oil extract will have helenalin esters which are roughly 1/10th of the strength of Helenalin extracted via hydroalcoholic tincture.
Better yet choose a product like Rapid Recovery. Made with Arnica montana flower tincture & other ingredients like Comfrey & MSM mineral supporting all aspects of injury healing & repair
Here’s what you need to know about Arnica…
Arnica comes from the highly regarded Arnica montana plant which is a member of the daisy family. The best quality Arnica is grown at high altitude on stony soil in remote European mountains.
First we scientifically test Arnica flower for purity (to be certain it’s the right plant). Then the extraction process begins which can be via oil or in a hydro-alcoholic blend (called a tincture). The key phytochemical, Helenalin, is a polar molecule. It is only soluble in alcohol and slightly soluble in water. Not soluble at all in oil.
Also – we recommend you avoid homeopathic extracts. These use the same base herbal tincture (called the mother tincture) as medical herbalists would use but then are diluted to such a high degree ( upto 1 part per billion) they are unlikely to have any effect
So to get effective Arnica cream you must choose an Arnica flower tincture product. Arnica oil and Arnica root or leaf doesn’t contain Helenalin and is much weaker.
Nature’s Nurse founder is a medical herbalist. Researching and understanding how herbal ingredients work is her absolute passion. Her guiding principles (and our company logo) green cross herbal medicine, that is fast, effective, safe and natural.
We don’t ever cut corners and use cheap ingredients. Everything works together for a complete solution. In many cases our ingredients do double or triple duty -supporting multiple aspects with one ingredient.
We are totally committed to creating premium quality holistic remedies that treat every aspect of common painful and pesky conditions. We use the best botanical ingredients that work with your body systems and help you heal – naturally.
Our Arnica montana flower tincture extract is premium quality.
It is wild crafted in remote, pristine European mountains. It is extracted in the tincture (hydro-alcoholic) form. And scientific testing now proves the purity, quality and efficacy of the phytochemicals both before and after manufacturing. As with all our ingredients they are research based, made with GMP practices equal to pharmaceutical ingedients and of the very best quality available.
We also make sure every aspect of your injury repair is covered.
Along with Arnica, Rapid Recovery Creams gives you fast natural pain relief with Sulphur from the MSM mineral (which is believed to , work by blocking the nerve pain pathways) and Allantoin which supports improved healing from Comfrey leaf (for delivery of repair essentials like osteoblasts and fibroblasts that are used to create the repair scaffold, and later support the rougthly formed scar tissue realignment) , along with therapeutic essential oils and colloidal minerals.
This holistic remedy means you have everything for faster healing and injury repair. This means you have a complete remedy to nurse yourself and your family better – naturally.
But back to Arnica…..Recently we have been digging deep into the biochemistry of this awesome ingredient. We wanted to let you know about how effective it is for injury healing and speeding repair.
First a little background info.
Arnica has a long history of use in Europe, especially in the mountain areas where it grows naturally.
It is commonly called Wolf’s bane or Leopard’s bane. Bane is an old-fashioned word that means annoyance or distress.
The history of this name explains Armica’s benefits. Shepherds observed that when young goats they were tending occasionally fell from the mountain paths, they rolled in or sometimes ate the mountain daisy (Arnica montana) flowers. This herbal medicine meant the clumsy goats survived the bruising and muscle joint injuries from their fall and quickly repaired with full mobility. And because of using Arnica they frustrated the waiting wolves and leopards who were hoping to enjoy a tasty young goat that had conveniently died from injury. So they plant became commonly known as Leopard/Wolves Bane. And the shepherds started using it on their own muscle and joint injuries with great success.
The first recorded medicinal information was in the writings of the medieval healer Hildegard von Bingen who wrote about this plant in her work entitled “Physica” in the 11th century. She gave Arnica montana its name
European Arnica montana flos. (flower), grown in high alpine conditions, extracted in tincture (hydroalcoholic) form at various strengths with the 1;5 ratio being the strongest. This is the plant variety, part, growing condition and extraction method recognized by the EU Commission of Herbal Medicine as a long standing traditional therapeutic topical remedy for bruising, muscle strains, joint sprains and other acute and painful musculoskeletal injuries, along with relief from insect stings and bites,
How our body deals with trauma …
When we have an accident and suffer from a musculoskeletal injury – such as a sprain, strain, muscle tear or bruise, it’s what is happening in our cells that matters.
With the force of the trauma the cells at the site of the injury get damaged. The cell walls may rupture and split spilling their contents into the intra cellular space where they don’t belong, the blood vessels may tear and spill blood under the skin (bruising), muscle cells & fascia tissues rupture and tear (strains), and ligaments which attach muscles to your bones stretch or rupture.
In order for us to get better and begin healing the body needs to stop the damage, clear up the mess and begin repairing the injury. It does this by a system called the inflammatory system.
It’s a bit like what happens when there is a major traffic accident on an important highway. Just like with a traffic accident, the cleanup can involve alot of chaos and damage with lots of people & organisations involved. The goal is to first to stop any more damage, and then to repair the road system. All involved work together passing messages, making plans, laying down alternate roads to stop further congestion happening on the highway, working in a coordinated way to clear up the damage and make repairs.
You might see first responders, police, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, traffic management & repair crews, even civil defence units or the army in major accidents. There is lots of coordination and organization involved – with every decision going through the central control system. Everything has to work in stages. There might be set backs and temporary patch ups required. It can take a while to get repairs underway until all the materials and workers are in place.
Things often get abit messy before they get better. But if the system is working right after a while the highway is repaired and things are back to normal and working well again.
In the human body, we have the same type of system, designed to help us heal after a muscle or joint injury trauma. Just like in a serious traffic accident, there are lots of parts involved in getting the human body system fully repaired. We call this the inflammatory repair process.
The inflammatory process has 3 basic stages:
- Inflammatory – where the injury message is sent to the immune system – this involves the inflammatory signals of heat, redness, swelling, restricted range of movement & pain
- Proliferation – where the immune system “repair crew” & the healing material is rushed to the injured area. Then dead cellular waste is carried away
- Repair & remodeling – where the repair process starts, with temporary scaffolds of fibrin scar tissue material. Then rebuilding and realigning of the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state.
The first stage of repair involves letting the main control center of the body (the brain) know that there is an accident or injury and what type it is.
Cytokines are one of the key messenger cells that cruise around the areas of the body, like local traffic officers on local highway. When they see a big traffic accident, they can’t deal with it all by themselves. They must let the central control system (our immune system) know that help is needed.
Unfortunately, cytokines don’t have cell phones. They send messages through nerve pathways and messenger hormones. But sometimes, when it is an emergency, that system is too slow. They need to create a bigger, faster warning signal, so the immune system takes notice and sends lots of help. They have to use what they have available, so they create inflammation. This is abit like creating a bonfire on the highway, setting light to damaged cars, to send an urgent signal to the control headquarters.
Inflammation is the signals we all know – redness, heat, swelling and pain. These are our body’s way of alerting the immune system to start the repair process.
To do this, cytokines sacrifice some of the cells in the area to create an inflammation -the message bonfire. The cytokine messengers bind with receptors on nearby cell walls and enter the cell. Then they travel through the NF-kB pathway down to the cell’s nucleus. There, they alter the DNA to send an inflammatory mRNA message out of the cell. This makes the cell rupture an die, spilling it’s cellular material into the intracellulare area, where it doesn’t belong. When enough cells have ruptured, they get noticed by other immune cells like phagocytes. This triggers the immune system response and starts the first phase of the natural repair process.
The immune system then takes over and begins to coordinate the other 2 stages of the repair and remodelling.
It’s common for people to believe “all inflammation is bad” and they should just take a pain pill or NSAID drugs or use ice to stop the symptoms of inflammation after a muscle or jont injury. .
That is understandable as we all want to avoid things that are painful. But it is faulty information, starting from drug companies and sports physicians, that has now been dicredited.
Infact, it is vital for our bodies to go through each step of the inflammatory process to repair correctly. If you stop the process during the inflammation step, then the other two steps of the vital clean up and repair process are halted and our injury healing is delayed.
The second phase of the injury repair is called proliferation – which involves the body bringing in the repair crew. Healing material and specialist immune repair cells rushed to the injured area. Bleeding is stopped. The dead cellular waste is carried away. The basic fibrin repair structure is roughly laid down to give a scaffold for other more careful repairs later on. There is often a lot of swelling and congestion at this stage which explains the term proliferation. Gentle movement is very beneficial to support the transport to the area (lymph etc only moves when the muscles move – doesn’t have a beating pump like blood does).
The 3rd phase is the repair and remodelling process. The rebuilding and realigning stage. Blends with the 2nd stage and continues the work of rebuilding the damaged cells/ tissue to their final state of full strength and range of motion. Involves al ot of strengthening exercise and can require manual massage or frictional massage to support scar fibre breakdown or realignment -especially in harder ligament or tendon fibres. If this stage is skipped or not fully completed the joint or muscle will be permanently weakened or have scar tissue adhesions which limit your range of motion and ease of movement.
Using Ice or NSAID’s and anything that stops this process delays your healing.
That is why using ICE on musculoskeletal injury has been discredited. Ice numbs the skin and nerves by freezing them, but it also slows or stops the immune system response, by stopping the flow of the messenger hormones and the first responders & emergency vehicles who are trying to repair the area. Ice use was developed in the 1970’s as part of the R.I.C.E. protocol by Dr Gabe Mirkin. This renowned US Sports physician used it because ice because it was cheap, easily available and felt good on a hot injury. However over recent years significant research has shown ICE delays healing, weakens muscles and has the risk of cell death from frost bite. Dr Mirkin himself has now discredited the use of R.I.C.E. & ice for injury care.
In a similar way using NSAID drugs stops the inflammatory messengers and the vital first inflammation step, so they delay your healing. NSAIDs are the commonly available Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs which include pills and gels. The common drug names and brands are:
- ibuprofen (Nurofen®)
- diclofenac (Voltaren®)
- naproxen (Noflam®, Naprosyn®)
- ketoprofen (Oruvail®)
- celecoxib (Celebrex®)
Why NSAID’s cause you harm….
These bright colourful pills look pretty but, unfortunately, NSAID’s delay your healing and can cause many serious health risks.
NSAIDs work by regulating your prostaglandin hormones. These prostaglandin hormones are supposed to be balanced, a bit like a see-saw.
And, like a see-saw when one side goes down -the other side goes up. Simply put, anything that down-regulates one side, up-regulates (or increases) the other side.
On one side of the see-saw, Prostaglandin hormones – particularly PEG E2 – control the release of vital cytokines – which is our body’s messengers who use inflammation signals to warn of danger & trauma. Stopping cytokines stops the symptoms of pain and inflammation. But it also halts the viral first step of the inflammation process so delays your healing response. This means you are treating the symptom but not the cause. You wont get better until you stop taking the NSAID drugs, as without all the 3 steps of the inflammation repair process, your injury cannot begin to repair.
Unfortunately, the bad news gets worse.
On the other side, prostaglandins also control your cardiovascular system & kidney function GI tract and other vital systems.
Extensive medical research now recognises NSAID drugs -both pill and to a lesser degree, topical gels- increases risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage. They cause GI bleeding, due to limiting the production of the mucosal lining which stops stomach acid from eroding your stomach and creating bleeding ulcers. The warnings state NSAID’s also increase health risks in pregnancy and increase asthma issues with susceptible people.
Unfortunately, as well as delaying your healing process, these pretty, bright coloured pills can cause serious harm and even death.
NSAID drug risks are not very well known. Many people simply don’t read the packaging info to know the risks. Or they assume, because NSAID pills are so widely prescribed and sold, even in supermarkets, they must be safe.
It’s common to “pop a pain pill” to treat any pain condition. Using NSAID pills (along with ice and the RICE protocol) is the first line of action for nearly every common muscle and joint injury. Or even to avoid upcoming pain, such as a hangover or DOMS pain from a hard training or sports event.
Want Research and Proof?
It is proven and documented that NSAID drugs just mask the symptoms, but do not treat the underlying injury. Yes they give you temporary relief, but delay your healing with dangerous risks to your health.
In both 2005 and 2015 posts by the FDA warns about the increased risk of death from NSAID’s as being from a 10% to as high as 50% increase, (depending on the drug taken and the dosage). NSAID risk increases even at low dose and infrequently, or without prior cardiovascular, GI bleeding & kidney damage risk. The US FDA requires US drug companies to outline all the risks on their drug warning information and advertising as well as with a “black box warning” on the outside of the drug package.
So NSAIDs mask the problem, delay your healing process and can increase your risk of serious harm.
A better option is to work on the source of the pain and to use products that support our body’s natural healing process.
What about other types of creams and gels?
Other products, like heat creams or liniments, use capsaicin, methyl salicylate or very high levels of camphor and eucalyptus. These are a group of rubs or gels called “counter-irritants“. This basically means they take your mind off the deep pain by causing surface pain and irritation on your skin. So, you get two layers of pain – on the skin, and at the injury site.
Heat rubs or counter-irritants can be beneficial for increasing blood flow. This warms up the area and over time supports healing, but these type of heat gels and creams don’t have active healing properties. They are usually very smelly, greasy to use and stain your clothing. They can be hard to wash off your hands. So beware. If you get heat rubs on sensitive body parts (face, groin, lips, eyes) you’ll have hours of unintended pain.
Homeopathic creams are natural and do start with full strength herbal extracts – including Arnica tincture. However, homeopathic formulas get very diluted (up to 10x-12- a billion times). When taken orally homeopathy does seem to have benefit. The extreme dilution makes it very unlikely to be beneficial if used on the skin.
Now there is a better alternative.
Rapid Recovery Cream is an amazingly effective natural relief and injury recovery remedy. It combines highly active natural ingredients, which work as anti-inflammatories and immune system stimulants, to support your rapid relief and healing. It is highly effective for swelling, bruising & mild to moderate musculoskeletal injuries like sprains, tears and strains.
It combines highly therapeutic levels of full-strength herbal medicine, including Arnica flower & Comfrey leaf tinctures, along with MSM mineral pain reliever, Essential Oils & Colloidal minerals. This gives you the complete package of natural pain relief, inflammation support and rapid injury recovery.
The active ingredients are formulated in a cream base that absorbs deeply. This delivers the active ingredients right where they are needed and works much faster than pills. You begin to feel relief in just a few minutes.
Created by a medical herbalist to work holistically and support faster, safer recovery and repair of common muscle and joint injuries. With Rapid Recovery Cream you can nurse yourself (and your family) better- naturally.
Here is how Arnica works to stop inflammation in our body.
Here is info on natural pain relief options and how they work with your body to support your healing process. Look for herbal creams containing Helenalin from Arnica tincture blended with other herbal actives. This means you will fully support the body’s natural healing and repair process.
Cellular research shows Arnica’s Helenalin phytochemical works inside human cells, right at the beginning of the NF-kB pathway – which is the inflammatory pathway to the cell nucleus.
Helenalin, found in Arnica flower tincture, works by stopping the release of P65 dimers at the cell membrane wall. These dimers are like the first domino in a row of dominoes that allow citokines to travel from the cell membrane to the cell nucleus.
Helenalin is a natural anti-inflammatory and potent immune system stimulant. It
1) stops the NF-kB pathway being triggered (which means the cell does not have to die) and
2) sends an instant message to the immune system that injury or damage has occurred and
3) works hard to keep the cells healthy by regulating cellular fluid levels, removing cellular waste products and improving flow of healing plasma & nutrients.
4) Works by blocking NF-kB pathway at multiple sites through out the cell.
5) Also down regulates Interlukin and TNF protein messengers to keep the cell healthy.
6) Helenalin is the first chemical that has been shown to turn off inflammation where it has already started (like in arthritis or chronic pain).
This picture explains some of the complex cellular biochemistry. What is important to understand is the multiple ways Helenalin works, without side effects.
By contrast, pharmaceutical NSAID drugs work by working only on one aspect – limiting Cyclo-Oxygenase – COX 1 & COX 2 which stops production of the cytokine messengers and has health risks.
The end result for you is that if you use Rapid Recovery Creams you get fast acting natural inflammation control and pain relief plus better healing from common muscle and joint injuries like Grade 1 & 2 sprains and strains. (Remember- for serious pain, grade 3 injuries and other uncommon symptoms that dont resolve quickly get urgent medical help).
And if you use it as soon as an injury occurs (and for 3 or 4 more times to get the active ingredients into your body), bumps and bruises will resolve rapidly.
Again…where’s the proof ?
This is my daughter Sophie at her 8th birthday party – where an accident happened causing a huge, instant bump on her forehead.
Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream was gently applied to the bump, then repeated 3 times. The injury was almost completely resolved in just one hour. The first 2 photos shows how upset Sophie is, with a bump that stuck out further than her nose. The following three photos -taken 20 minutes apart – show how quickly the bump resolved.
After one hour (4 treatments) the bump is flat. You can only see the slight colour of a minor bruise.
This isn’t an isolated example. The same results of very quick reduction of bruising and swelling have been seen again and again. Especially if applied as soon as possible after an injury and used at least 4 times. This gets the full dosage of herbal ingredients to the injury site.
And people with chronic swelling and joint stiffness like osteoarthritis, or muscle pain / myalgia report they get great temporary natural pain relief and overall improvement in their easy comfortable movement. They tell us they can knit or garden again, or move more easily, while reducing their arthritis medication.
Field testing proof:
To prove effectiveness of the Sports Repair Cream we have field tested on thousands of athletes after finishing endurance events like marathons, full triathlons or CrossFit competitions. The endurance athletes – whether they are elite athletes or weekend warriors – love the fast results. They find it very effective for natural relief on their hot tired and painful muscles. Best yet, it can be used for warming up muscles and joints, or before a race to treat a niggly pain. And it is very safe without known side effects. After over 15,000 field tests and 15 years of in market use – we have not had one report of health risk or harm from using this Rapid Recovery product.
How can you use Rapid Recovery Creams to speed up your healing
But our Rapid Recovery Creams are not just highly effective Arnica cream. It also has a very fast acting natural pain relief ingredient called MSM & other repairing ingredients.
MSM mineral has a very high level of Sulphur. This important natural pain relief mineral physically blocks pain messages, reduces inflammation, reduces cellular toxins and supports joint health.
The repairing ingredients include Comfrey leaf (in the Sport Repair Cream), essential oils and colloidal minerals. These provide important trace mineral support your natural healing process and speed the repair of injury.
Here is a comparison table. It shows the amount of active ingredients in many common New Zealand Arnica creams and muscle rub products:
Replaces many products in your medicine cabinet…
Rapid Recovery is many solutions in one product. It is a:
- natural topical relief cream that gives targeted relief in around 4 minutes (4x faster than taking a pill)
- topical anti-inflammatory that supports your body processes to reduce swelling, bumps and bruising fast
- supports your injury repair process for mild and moderate sprains, strains and bruising
- works as a natural muscle relaxant to soothe tight tense muscles and release knots
- helps improve joint health and easy comfortable movement
- ideal for soothing massage -whether for relaxation (Family Care Cream) or sport (Sport Repair Cream)
- a warm-up cream before sports to increase blood flow to hard working muscles. Improves ligament pliability for full range of motion movement
- after sport recovery rub that supports removal of metabolic waste and improve healing. This is a far better solution to speed your muscle and joint recovery than ice baths which have been discredited. Multiple research studies on use of Ice for sport injury or recovery show ice just freezes cells and numbs nerves in a temporary manner.
- speeds return to sport after hard or long training sessions -significantly reduces DOMS and makes your after sport foam rolling recovery routine way faster and more comfortable.
- Many other uses. You can use on unbroken skin to quickly soothe many minor topical inflammations like itchy bites, bee stings, sunburn, swollen glands.
- Ideal for swelling and bruising on sensitive areas like black eyes, groin strains or rubbed on the jawline to reduce swelling & bruising with tooth extractions.
Topical application means you bypass the stomach and liver systems. So targeted relief and faster results – no delays and you get relief from your pain right where you need it.
Rapid Recover is fast working and long lasting. Relief begins in around 4 minutes – 5 to 7 times faster than oral pills – and lasts about 4 hours. Plus get a complete remedy: rapid natural pain relief, inflammation support and healing. Ideal for all moderate muscle and joint injuries, including sprains, strains & bruises.
Two varieties for different users:
Rapid Recovery Family Care Cream is ideal for whole family use. Gives natural pain relief for back and hip pain in pregnancy. Helps treat the bumps, bruises & growing pain of children. Supports stiff, swollen, aching joints of seniors.
For sports people Rapid Recovery Sport Repair Cream provides fast natural pain relief. from aching, tired muscles. It supports rapid healing of muscle, joint and ligament injury- including sprains, strains swelling & bruising. Its also ideal for improving warm up before training, for reducing DOMS pain and speeding recovery after endurance events like marathons.
The world is changing … Pharma drugs often have serious side effects
We used to believe that pharmaceutical drugs were safe and beneficial, and that herbal medicine was outdated. Significant research on many protocols – from pharmaceuticals, heat rubs, using ice & R.I.C.E. protocol show this is untrue. Ice and NSAID’s delay your healing and the pharmaceutical drugs can cause significant harm, even death.
Now medical herbalists and researchers are able to understand how the herbal phytochemcials work. We know why they are so beneficial to help the human body heal. Basically, herbal medicine, made right and used right, works with your body systems for fast results and natural healing.
Rapid Recovery ….. Helps you heal – naturally
At Natures Nurse we are committed to creating the most effective products that help you heal – naturally.
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