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ARNICA HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE WORKS
"Efficacy of Arnica montana D4 for healing of wounds after Hallux valgus surgery compared to diclofenac," Karow JH, Abt HP, et al, J Altern Complement Med, 2008; 14(1): 17-25.
Arnica montana is probably the most well known homeopathic medicine. Many know to use it as the first choice in trauma (though it will only work if the symptoms match.) It should be in every first aid kit.

This is a randomized double-blinded, parallel-group study involving 88 patients who underwent bunion surgery (hallux valgus surgery), treatment with Arnica D4 (10 pellets taken orally, 3 times/day) was found to reduce wound irritation as effectively as Voltaren (diclofenac sodium, 50 mg taken orally, 3 times/day), with significantly fewer side effects.

Taking Arnica reduced redness, swelling, and heat. Improvements in patient mobility were greater among those who received Arnica D4, compared to diclofenac sodium. Adverse effects were found among 9 patients who were taking diclofenac (20%) and only 2 patients (4.5%) in the Arnica D4 group. The authors conclude, "After foot operations, Arnica D4 can be used instead of diclofenac to reduce wound irritation."

The authors add that Arnica D4 is also economically a superior choice, being that it is 60 % less expensive than diclofenac.

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