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Homeopathic remedies have been used for many years in
civilizations across the world as a reliable source that assists with many
illnesses and disabilities affecting all subsections of societies. Homeopathic
remedies are not all the same and do not use the same pattern for each
situation.  There are many different types of remedies that are used for
many different physical and mental aspects of pain. Homeopathy is based on the
principle that “like cures like.”  This definition means that if
an applied “remedy” would normally cause a disease, or give symptoms
of a disease, then it would most likely heal a sick person if given in small
and obtainable amounts. In order for homeopathic remedies to be used, they are
made by serial dilutions. A serial dilution is the stepwise dilution of a
substance in solution.  It is critical in the nature of homeopathic remedy
that stepwise dilution be adhered to in the usage of this treatment in
patients.  

 

            A
popular example of a homeopathic remedy would be Arnica montana, also
known by the names: mountain tobacco, Bergwohlverleih, Wunderkraut, and
simply Arnica montana. Arnica montana is an herb that is
primarily used in sports because it can be of assistance with physical symptoms
such as muscle pain, a sprained ankle, and swelling. Arnica is an herbal
homeopathic medicine and it comes from the plant, Arnica montana. This
plant is native to Europe, primarily Romania, and it is very easily spotted
because of its bright yellow flowers. Arnica’s usage is widespread and
it can be used for: bone fractures, black eyes, bruises, rashes (eczema),
pre-and-post-surgical healing, burns, sore muscles, sprains, strains, swelling,
traumatic injuries, chapped lips, insect bites, cartilage pain, irritated nostrils,
and arthritis.  Arnica is also used as a supplement for beauty and
personal care, when it is used in its oil state it makes for a therapeutic and
healing massage oil. The yellow flower also helps reduce eye puffiness and
therefore it is added to eye creams by many makers of natural cosmetics, and
also those who make these items for sale at local Farmers Markets. Along with
eye cream, it is used to help prevent acne. In terms of topical uses, it is
found in creams, oil, and ointments. These oils, creams, and ointments contain
20-25% arnica tincture (tincture is an alcoholic extract of either a plant or
an animal).

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There is no specific range of people that use this remedy for
relief, all that is known is that the most common reasons for the use of this
remedy is either muscle pain (arthritis) or bruises and muscle pain. The ease
of procurement, which is the act of procuring something with ease, and method
of application, whether cream or oil make Arnica an easy homeopathic
treatment for those suffering from arthritis or other conditions associated
with aging.  

 

  

“Health is freedom from pain in the physical body, having attained
a state of well-being,” (Vithoulkas, 1986). A person who plays sports is very
susceptible to injuries. “About one quarter of all injuries across all sports
is represented by ankle injuries. Homeopathic literature shows that the use of Arnica
montana is effective in fighting internal injury. However, more than 20
years ago, Kaplan argued that homeopathy is a useful and safe therapeutic tool
and that Arnica is suitable for bruising.” Due to the fact that many people
play sports and these injuries are bound to happen at an increasingly more
frequent level, this homeopathic remedy is very popular.

 

In a study by Ramona Jurcau and Ioana Jurcau, the effect of Arnica
on 128 people was tested. Before the test was conducted Ramona and Ioana
Jurcau made a hypothesis that Arnica would relieve symptoms in the ankle
of the person tested, “Arnica montana as a homeopathic remedy, in a 200
CH dilution (1 x 100200 diluent), and as a
phytotherapic ointment may relieve symptoms in ankle sprains.” The main
objective of this experiment was to look at how a dilution of Arnica montana
and Arnica montana ointments affected those who were injured in amature
sports and were going to physical therapy because of it, “…evaluate the
influence of therapy with the Arnica montana 200 CH homeopathic remedy
and two creams containing Arnica montana on local pain sensation and
edema occurring in ankle sprains produced as a result of traumas, in amateur
sport practitioners.”  

 

           

The number and type of subjects by groups

Groups

Conventional Treatment (C)

Homeopathic Treatment (H)

Homeopathic and Phytotherapy treatment (HP)

No. of Subjects

13

12

15

Mean age

28.4±3

26.3±6

31.9±4

Gender

Men

Men

Men

This table shows the amount of men that took Conventional
treatments, Homeopathic treatments, and Homeopathy and Phytotherapy treatments.
The mean age varies for each type of treatment taken. The mean age for the
conventional treatment is between 25.4 and 31.4, the mean age for the
Homeopathic treatment is between 20.3 and 32.3, and the mean age for the
Homeopathy and Phytotherapy treatment is between 27.9 and 35.9. The mean age
for each of these treatments is different and that could lead to bias within the
study. The bias would come from men of different ages reacting differently to
one treatment, such as the homeopathic treatment, then another. If the mean age
was the same for each treatment, it would completely get rid of any possible
bias. Men of either an older or younger stature may react to each treatment
completely different whereas men of the same age are more likely to react to a
treatment the same. If these men were to react the same or close to it, then
the results would really show which treatment worked the best. The conventional
treatment could be seen as a placebo in this case and the results could reflect
that depending on whether or not the men feel more or less pain. Since the
treatments are only being used for foot pain, the results will not show which
treatment is truly the most effective, only which one is the most effective for
foot pain, or more specifically a tibiotarsal sprain.

 

(all graphs and tables have the exact same data as the study, they
just are not identical)

This cone chart shows the percentage of pain on the landmark day 1
of the tests. The “Day 1” cone shows that pain was at 100% for the conventional
treatment, homeopathic treatment, and the homeopathy and phytotherapy
treatments. This is because there was no treatments given on day 1. The
conventional treatment showed a decrease of 22.4 from day 1 to day 3, this
decrease in pain is nothing compared to that of the homeopathic and homeopathy
and phytotherapy treatments. The homeopathic treatment alone had a decrease of
42.2 from day 1 to day 3. The homeopathic and phytotherapy treatments saw a
decrease of 49.2 from day 1 to day 3. The results, from day 1 to day 3,
strengthen the argument that Arnica has a better and stronger effect on
muscle pain. By the end of the 12 days, the homeopathic treatment and the
homeopathy and phytotherapy treatments both decreased to single digits for the
percentage of pain. However, the conventional treatment was at a whopping 46.5.
Something to be considered is the patient’s iced their feet so that could play
a role in the pain levels after each treatment.

 

Percent Change in Pain

 

 

Day 3

Day 6

Day 12

 

Homeopathic: Conventional

-25.20%

-39.70%

-80.20%

 

Homeopathic: Homeopathic and Phytotherapy

-35.70%

-58.10%

-89.70%

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

This data table shows the percentage of pain for each treatment.
This is helpful as it helps the viewer glance at the results to see which
treatment was the most effective. The homeopathic treatment, which contains Arnica montana, does not have the
results that would show that it had the best impact. The homeopathic and
phytotherapy treatment is the best treatment in terms of getting rid of pain,
according to those who were tested over the span of 12 days.

 

            The system that was used in this study to calculate the
pain scores was a VAS. VAS is a Visual Analogue Scale. On day 1 the visual pain
shown was that of an 8.4 for the conventional treatment. This rating steadily
decreased from day 1 to day 12. The rating decreased by 4.8 from day 1 to day
12. On the other hand the homeopathic treatment, which had an 8.7 rating on day
1, decreased by 7.9 from day 1 to day 12, meaning the visual pain was almost
nonexistent. The homeopathy and phytotherapy treatment had an initial pain
rating of 8.3 on day 1. From day 1 to day 12 the rating decreased by 7.9. The
homeopathic treatment equalled the homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment with
a decrease of 7.9 from day 1 to day 12. This data is saying that the
homeopathic treatments have a higher effect on the ankle pain than the
conventional treatment does.

           

VAS Score Mean

 

Day 3

Day 6

Day 12

Homeopathic: Conventional

22.70%

-37.70%

-79.50%

Homeopathic: Homeopathic and Phytotherapy

-36.40%

-58.50%

-79.50%

 
 

 

 

 

            VAS
means “Visual Analogue Scale.” This data is limited because of the fact that it
may not be 100 percent accurate. A visual analogue scale can never be 100
percent accurate because people’s pain tolerance levels differ. Someone could
look as if they are in a lot of pain with one treatment and someone else with
the same injury and same treatment could look as if they are perfectly fine.
The results show that the treatment that was the most effective was the
Homeopathic and Phytotherapy treatment. The percentages show how much the pain
went down, according to their expressions. Given it is not the most accurate,
the data shows that the Homeopathic and Phytotherapy treatment was the best for
dealing with the pain.

 

            This cone chart is showing the percent of the
circumference of the ankle, or swelling of the ankle, after taking the three
treatments. The conventional treatment, throughout the 12 days this data was
recorded, shows that the swelling of the ankle did decrease but not enough to
really make an impact on walking or feeling pain. The homeopathic treatment led
to a major decrease in the ankle circumference. From day 1 to day 12 the ankle
circumference decreased from 100 to 5.5. A decrease of 95.5 must mean that
something is working so this data only furthers the argument that Arnica helps
with muscle swelling. The homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment also saw a
major decrease in ankle circumference from day 1 to day 12. Overall there was a
96.6 decrease in swelling from day 1 to day 12.

             

Percent of the Sprained Ankle
Circumference 

 

Day 3

Day 6

Day 12

Homeopathic: Conventional

-20.80%

-52.70%

-83.60%

Homeopathic: Homeopathic and Phytotherapy

-27.20%

-60.60%

-91.50%

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This data table is showing the
circumference of the sprained ankle in which the people who were being tested
endured. As shown in the table, the people who were treated with the
homeopathic remedy saw a dramatic decrease in the circumference of his or her
ankle. However, the homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment proved to have even
more of a dramatic effect. The circumference of the ankle, from someone who had
the homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment, saw a drastic decrease in ankle
circumference. On day 3, day 6, and day 12, the homeopathic and phytotherapy
treatment had a greater effect.

 

            This data shows the mean difference values of a healthy
ankle and a sprained ankle. It shows that the conventional treatment at the end
of day 12 is still very high, meaning that the circumference is still high. The
other homeopathic treatments had almost nonexistent ankle , meaning that they
did a good job at reducing swelling and pain.

 

In figure one, the percentage of pain figure, the ratio between
the homeopathic treatment and the conventional treatment on day 3 was 55.8 78.6and
the percent difference was a -25.2% difference. On day 3 the ratio between
homeopathic and phytotherapy treatments and the conventional treatment is
50.878.6and the percent difference was -35.7%. On day 6, the ratio between the
homeopathic treatment and the conventional treatment was 38.263.3and the
percent difference was -39.7%. The day 6 ratio between the homeopathic and
phytotherapy treatment and the conventional treatment was 26.563.3 and the
percent difference was -58.1%. The day 12 ratio between the homeopathic
treatment and the conventional treatment was 9.246.5and the percent difference
was -80.2%. The day 12 ratio between the homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment
and the conventional treatment was 4.846.5and the percent difference was
-89.7%.

Differences for the Ankle
Circumference (cm)

 

Day 3

Day 6

Day 12

Homeoapthic: Conventional

-25.20%

-39.70%

-80.20%

Homeopathic and Phytotherapy

-35.70%

-58.10%

-89.70%

 

The
extent to which Arnica montana relieves
muscle pain is very high.  Arnica montana has been proven, through
this study, to be a useful treatment for not only muscle pain but also
swelling. It’s external usage in the study by Jurcau, shows that it is very
effective as a homeopathic treatment. It can be argued that this treatment is
not totally effective since it was only tested on men. Women may argue that
they react to Arnica montana, as a
homeopathic treatment, differently than men and that this study was sexist.
However, the question was answered. The extent to which Arnica montana worked
to effect muscle pain and relieve it was rather high. However, certain
limitations made themselves present. The study by Jurcau that was analyzed only
used men of a certain age and they all had the same injury. As a result, the
data that was presented in this study only highlights Arnica’s effect on
ankles. Many people can and will argue that the extent to which Arnica is
effective as a homeopathic remedy is effective only on ankles. These
limitations show that there is always error. The fact that the most effective
treatment was the homeopathic and phytotherapy treatment can be a limitation in
the fact that the treatment involved phytotherapy and it wasn’t just Arnica montana. It is shown, though, how
effective Arnica montana is and how it can be used to help those with
muscle pain, swelling, and more. The future for homeopathic remedies in the
world of medicine is very bright and it is only getting brighter with the
results of these studies being as positive as they are.

 

 The Effectiveness of Arnica Montana Treatment,
in Sports post-trauma ankle sprains

Jurcau, R. I. (2012, October 24). The
Effectiveness of Arnica montana treatment, in Sports Post-trauma  

Ankle Sprains. Retrieved March 6, 2017, from http://pm3.ro/pdf/51/PM3_Nr.1(51)_2013_revista_in_extenso.pdf#page=33