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Posted by beatle on December 31, 1999 at 01:15:47:

In Reply to: Arnica and Rheumatoid Arthritis posted by Eric Sadler on December 28, 1999 at 10:27:17:

: My Aunt has Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of her medications causes bruising. She began to take a pill with arnica in it, which seemed to help with the bruising. She then read an article that said persons with with an autoimmune disease should not take arnica. She asked me about this but I haven't got a clue. I thought arnica was for topical use only. Has anyone out there ever heard of taking arnica in pill form, and any effects it might have, good or bad, on Rheumatoid arthritis? Thanks.

: Eric Sadler
: ramcon1@aol.com

Anything I say should not be a substitute for advice from your doctor. Arnica is used in Europe as a topical only but research shows that it doesnt work any better than an ointment with no active ingredient. It is dangerous to take this by mouth as it can cause severe heart problems and liver damage. This is a poisoness plant. On top of all this RA is definitely an auto-immune disease so this is another reason she shouldnt take the herb.
beatle1234a@ivillage.com

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