Equimed Pain Formula is formulated in 3 different Arnica strengths:
D6 is seen to work immediately, D30 last 3 to 5 days, D2000 lasts for 14 to 21 days.
The reason so many European vets are using Arnica is that it is an excellent anti-inflammatory and also an immune stimulant unlike Cortisone which is an immune depressant. For EMP horses, Arnica has become the treatment of choice.
Whilst this herb should not be taken internally as it is potentially toxic, it provides us with one of the best remedies for external local healing and may be considered a specific when it comes to the treatment of bruises and sprains. The homeopathic preparation is entirely safe to take internally especially when taken according to homeopathic directions. The herb itself, used externally, will help in the relief of rheumatic pain, the pain and inflamation of phelebitis and similar conditions. It may in fact be used wherever there is pain or inflammation on the skin, as long as the skin is not broken. Arnica has been shown to be an immuno-stimulant as both the sesquiterpene lactone helenalin and the polysaccharide fraction stimulate phagocytosis. Sesquiterpene lactones are know to have anti-inflammatory activity and their biological effects appear to be mediated through immunological processes. As helenalin is one of the most active, this might help account for the use of Arnica for pain and inflammation.