External Applications in Anthroposophic Nursing

Arnica Compress with arnica 30% ointment

Kind of substance

Arnica 30% ointment


  • Hematoma
  • Strained muscles
  • Contusions
  • Bruises


Thinly apply the ointment to the affected part, 2–3 times daily

Reliably effective
Onset of effect
Rapid pain alleviation
Length of therapy
As long as the pain or bruise persists
Other recommended therapies
Useful on the road: individually wrapped arnica tissues (Wala)
Additional internal treatment as prescribed by a doctor
Exercise caution in cases of sensitivity to composites and when there is a known arnica allergy

Case example

Example case
When a concrete slab slipped, a male doctor colleague sustained a dislocated finger tip fracture with a subungual hematoma, which had to be relieved by puncture.
It was first treated with arnica ointment (Wala, combined with formica and symphytum), without any noticeable improvement. Then arnica 30% ointment (Weleda) was tried, with an immediate and lasting reduction in pain, as well as reduced swelling in the days that followed.


BD, Red


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  • Cassu, RN, et al. Analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of Arnica montana 12CH in comparison with ketoprofen in dogs. Ciência Rural 41.10 (2011): 1784–1789.