I found this was far better and more effective than tablets, and worked so much faster.
I had got the idea from working alongside Dr Ian Urquhart, a keen homeopath, who always professed his belief that homeopathic medicines worked far better injected than taken orally.
At this time I used it systemically, obtaining it from weleda in Germany.
As an osteopath it fitted my thinking better than endless anti-inflammatories.
Some time later I had reason to have hydrocortisone injections in painful shin splints, and hit on the idea that maybe arnica could possibly do a safer and maybe even more effective job?
I scoured the internet and found no mention of anyone ever having used it in place of hydrocortisone before.
I waited some time until I had an injury, and was out running when I suffered a 3 ligament strain upon hitting uneven ground.
I limped back to my home in quite some pain and unable to even wear my trainer.
I immediately took an insulin syringe and filled it with injectable arnica. Tentatively I injected 10ml divided into 3 areas into the, by now, very painful and inflamed ankle.
That night I noticed the pain subsiding slightly, but the next morning I awoke and immediately went for a run...pain free!!!!
I began using it on friends injuries at my gym and noticed a very impressive clear up rate. I was not a medical doctor, so could not use it on my patients.
I discussed the findings with a private medical doctor colleague I worked alongside and he expressed an interest. He was called upon to use hydrocortisone a lot in his private practice, and immediately contacted the BMA to ask if they had any objection to him using arnica in this way. They said there would be no objections.
He began using it in his practice and reported some 70% success, which i believe may be higher than cortisone(?)
I reported my findings in the 3rd edition of my book "the laymans guide to foot and heel pain"(2010) ISBN 978-095621-300-
I await my nobel peace prize with baited breath........(!!!!)
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