Monday, February 24, 2014

Arnica Montana - Spirit of the Remedy

Arnica Montana - The Spirit of the Remedy

by Deborah Olenev CCH RSHom (NA)   

While watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi I got inspired to write an article about the personality characteristics of people who need Arnica montana as a constitutional remedy.

I learned about the personality characteristics of Arnica montana from Frans Kusse's book called Homeopathic Types. I had never seen Arnica montana described the way he described it before. I and a lot of people owe him a debt of gratitude for bringing this information forward to the world, because it will enable many people to be healed who otherwise may not be.

You may wonder why the Winter Olympics prompted me to write about Arnica montana. The reason is that the Olympic athlete embodies the spirit of this remedy. The chief characteristics of this remedy are:

1)    A desire for invulnerability both physically and psychologically. Kusse explains that Arnica montana belongs to the Asteracaea family of plants, and this desire for invulnerability is a common characteristic of the plants in this family. Bellis perennis is another first aid remedy that comes from this plant family.

A beautiful example of this desire or persona of invincibility, and the ability to conceal their vulnerability is when one of the competitors in the U.S. snowboarding team had an accident where he hit the edge of the wall on his back side. It looked like it must have been terribly painful, but when he was interviewed afterward he had a big smile on his face, and did not show any signs that he was injured. He looked absolutely invulnerable.

2)    Arnica montana people possess a tremendous amount of energy and self-confidence. I saw this displayed time and again during the Olympics. The relay races were a beautiful example of this energy, endurance and drive to come in first.

3)    A high sense of responsibility and an urge to fulfill their tasks is another Arnica montana trait. This quality was apparent at the Olympics when one of the bob sledding competitors injured her calf while practicing the day before, but it did not stop her. She competed the following day and won a medal with her team mate. This shows Arnica montana's ability to push through despite injuries, and the ability to hide or overcome their injuries to fulfill the task they have set before themselves.

Another example is the ice skating champion who had won gold medals in previous Olympics, accumulating many injuries over the years. Yet he overcame all his physical obstacles, trained vigorously, and pushed through the pain to compete one more time and win gold.

4)    A desire to prove that they are strong is another characteristic of people who need Arnica montana constitutionally. In order to do this they need to have a challenge, and what bigger challenge can a person put before herself or himself than to win a medal at the Olympic games. The competition provides the arena to display their talents and strength.

5)    According to Frans Kusse, Arnica montana people can be compared to an impregnable fortress that is unapproachable. Underneath this need for impregnability is a fear of losing something of value, such as money or health. He says that Arnica montana people are closed, and do not like to answer questions about private matters. For this reason they can be reluctant to go to doctors who ask too many questions, but are okay with going to surgeons, who just act.

6)    Arnica montana is the first remedy that we think of for people who have been in an accident, and of course, the Olympics are a venue where accidents will happen. People who need Arnica montana are also attracted to activities where accidents are likely to occur, such as skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, bob sledding, ice skating--all the Olympic winter sports. Arnica montana people can also be very frightened of accidents and can try hard to avoid them. It is the first remedy we think of for people who have never been well since an accident, such as a head injury, or car accident.

7)    Arnica montana should always be thought of for people who have received an injury from a fall, or an injury from a blunt object. Arnica montana is the greatest remedy for helping to heal people from bruises and internal bleeding.

8)    There is a shadow side to Arnica montana's invincible persona. According to Kusse the characteristics of this shadow side are:

·            A fear of being hurt. Their desire for invulnerability is their reaction to this fear.

·            A fear of losing something of value, such as their wealth or health.

·            An aversion to being consoled. They turn away the doctor or the ambulance at the site of an accident, saying they are just fine, because it is insupportable to them to admit that there is something wrong with them.

·            A fear of becoming dependent on someone else. They have to have their financial affairs in order so that they do not depend on others.

·            A need to show that they are strong to cover up the fact that they are fearful inside. Hence they desire a challenge where they can prove their strength.

Arnica montana is a fascinating remedy with a large field of action. To learn more about the remedy please watch the slide show and read the article on the Learn about Arnica montana section on the First Aid Creams website.

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Homeopathic Creams:
The Variety Sample Pack  

1.      Arnica Montana Cream for trauma, bruises, head injuries, pain and so much more.

2.      Calendula Officinalis Cream for wound healing.

3.      Hypericum Perforatum Cream for injuries to areas rich in nerves, such as the fingers, toes and spine, and for very painful wounds.

4.      Hypericum Calendula Cream combines the healing properties of Calendula with Hypericum for a wonderful first aid cream for painful wounds.

5.      Ledum Palustre Cream for puncture wounds, insect bites, injuries that are better from cold applications, gout, and more.

6.      Ruta Graveolens Cream for injuries to ligaments, tendons and the linings of the bones.

7.      Urtica Urens Cream for first and second degree burns.