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Is arnica safe?

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Because of the risks of pure arnica, the FDA classifies it as an unsafe herb. Doctors who practice complementary medicine generally advise against using arnica in any form other than in a highly diluted homeopathic form.

SOURCES:

Longe, J. ed, , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Arnica.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Arnica.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Arnica.”

Oberbaum, M. , Aug. 1, 2001. Cancer

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 3, 2019

SOURCES:

Longe, J. ed, , second edition, 2004. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: “About Herbs: Arnica.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: “Arnica.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Arnica.”

Oberbaum, M. , Aug. 1, 2001. Cancer

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 3, 2019

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