Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Arnica in the composite family, having opposite, simple leaves and mostly radiate heads of yellow flowers.
  • n. A tincture of the dried flower heads of the European species A. montana, applied externally to reduce the pain and inflammation of bruises and sprains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several plants, of the genus Arnica, related to the sunflowers.

Etymologies

New Latin Arnica, genus name.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin Arnica (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The arnica is diluted so much that there is only one molecule of it per 7 million billion billion billion billion pills.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » January

  • Their in-store advice tells me that arnica is good for treating “bruising and injuries”, which gives the impression that this is a very cost-effective health-care option.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » January

  • I then folded one, wet in arnica and water, and laid it on the collar bone, put two other bands, like a pair of suspenders, over the shoulders, crossing them both in front and behind, pinning the ends to the diaper, which gave the needed pressure without impeding the circulation anywhere.

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  • Orthopedic surgeons have also "prescribed" arnica, which is sold in places like Duane Reade and Whole Foods, as a pre- and post-operative measure.

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  • He had complained to his mother before bedtime, and she gave him arnica, which is a homeopathic remedy.

    Sand in the Gears

  • This may be given beneficially for chronic catarrhs of the lungs, the bowels, or the urinary passages, Dr. Tuthill Massy considered the St. John's Wort, by virtue of its healing properties for injuries of the spinal cord, and its dependencies, the vulnerary "arnica" of the organic nervous system.

    Herbal Simples Approved for Modern Uses of Cure

  • If every human being since the beginning of time had saved every last penny, denarius and sea-shell, we would still have not saved-up enough to purchase a single arnica molecule from Boots.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » January

  • I have just purchased a packet of Boots-brand 84 arnica homeopathic 30C Pills for £5.09, which Boots proudly claim is only 6. 1p per pill.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » January

  • For my 30C pills this diluting is repeated thirty times, which means that the arnica is one part in a million billion billion billion billion billion billion.

    Coyote Blog » 2010 » January

  • He ran trials of spiritual healing for the treatment of chronic pain, arnica for wound healing, individualised homeopathy for asthmatic children.

    Edzard Ernst: The professor at war with the prince

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