Arnica Compress for Neuralgic Pain
Kind of substance
Moist-warm arnica compresses can quickly relieve the pain of neuralgic complaints. Arnica first takes the edge off the pain and then calms the inflammation. It promotes the restructuring of the affected tissue through this healing process.
Herpes zoster neuralgia
Neuralgic pain caused by chemotherapy
In the case of very painful herpes zoster, the patient will not tolerate a compress. Instead, you can spray arnica essence diluted 1:10 onto the wound area, then cover with a light cloth if necessary (spray heads can be purchased in pharmacies).
- Arnica essence
- Water (approx. 40°C)
- A small bowl
- A lightweight cotton cloth, alternative: non-sterile gauze
- A lightweight cloth for covering
Dilute water 1:10 with arnica essence. The water temperature should be body temperature when applied. Dip the cotton cloth into the bowl, do not wring it out too much, place it on the painful part of the body, cover with a light cloth so that the patient does not cool down (any pressure increases the pain). If possible, leave the compress on for 30 minutes, then remove it and allow the patient to rest for another 30 minutes.
Discard the cotton cloth/gauze (to avoid risk of infection)
Wash the covering cloth when required at 60°C
- Once the skin has healed, you can apply Aconite Nerve Oil (Wala) if pain occurs
- In general, additional medication is indicated
A young woman with herpes zoster on her left thorax was in unbearable pain. Spraying on lukewarm Arnica Essence (diluted 1:10) brought relief. She could not wear clothes directly on her skin, so she first covered the affected area with a silk cloth and then pulled her clothes over it. The zoster healed with the help of anthroposophic medication.