Homeopathic Research: Arnica after Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Homeopathic research in patients who underwent hand surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome:
Arnica is commonly used by the public as a treatment for bruising and swelling.
To assess whether Arnica administration affects recovery from hand surgery.
Double-blind, randomized comparison of Arnica administration versus placebo.
No difference in grip strength or wrist circumference was found between the 2 groups. However, there was a significant reduction in pain experienced after 2 weeks in the Arnica-treated group (P<.03).
The role of homeopathic and herbal agents for recovery after surgery merits further investigation.