I recently stopped with the NSAIDs because they are not good for your body. However, I still have aches and pains – since I’m now closer to 40 than 30.

I decided to order some Arnica gel. I’d heard of it from a friend of mine who used to work in a gentlemans’ club and swore by it to get rid of bruises and aches adn pains. Apparently pole dancing is hard on your legs (imagine that!) so all the girls used Arnica. This tube of arnica gel cost me about $7 for 7.5 ounces on iherb.com. If you click the picture it will take you to their page.

Last week I had SERIOUS MAJOR BRUISING under my right arm. I looked like I had the plague. During my jiu jitsu class I think my partner had put a knee down and pinched the skin under my arm. I thought – okay, great time to try this bad boy out. I had very low expectations.

I was really shocked – within 2 days the bruise was visibly reduced, and I have had enough bruises in BJJ to know that my bruises last and last and last. Then I decided to rub it on my ankles – I’ve been having some chronic pain. And seriously – what do you know – the next day that pain was gone.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, arnica is from the flower Arnica Montana, and has been used medicinally for over 500 years. It looks like a daisy, and hikers would often swear by chewing the stuff. Their website states “Applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture, arnica has been used to soothe muscle aches, reduce inflammation, and heal wounds.”

However, the data does not look good.

This ncbi article shows that No significant difference was found between topical arnica and vehicle in the prevention or resolution of bruising.

While this one shows that The results of this trial do not suggest that homeopathic arnica has an advantage over placebo in reducing postoperative pain, bruising and swelling in patients undergoing elective hand surgery.

Well, that’s okay. I’m going to keep using mine because at minimum, because I believe it works it should give me the classic placebo effect! mwa ha ha. But really – I did notice visible differences in my bruises and my ankle felt miles better. Then again, I continue to use TIGER BALM despite my doctor friend telling me it does NOTHING. I say YOU ARE WRONG! It has CHINESE on it. AND a TIGER. Therefore it MUST be good – just because your fancy western medicine doesn’t approve doesn’t mean it doesn’t work!!! (Hyperbole is the BEST THING EVER).

more striking power than a flying tiger

HOW CAN THIS NOT WORK! THE TIGER HAS WINGS!

If you want to try the arnica gel, you could order from iHerb.com – I have absolutely no ties to them other than I’ve ordered from them several times, I always get their products here in Korea within a week, and I’ve never paid more than $12 for shipping. I order my supplements and Charlie’s soap from them as well as things like flax. If you’re ordering for the first time you can use my code to get $10 off an order of $40 or more, or $5 off an order less than $40. EPE561 Yes, I do get some rewards if you use this.

Have you ever used arnica gel or taken arnica tablets? Do you feel they worked for you or not at all? Had you ever heard of it before?