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NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/27/16 -- The summer harvest starts in the south of France and ends as high up as the Alps. Professional pickers of Arnica montana, a wild mountain daisy, have just completed the long-held annual tradition of carefully and sustainably hand selecting this year's crop that will be the basis of the sole active ingredient for Boiron's Arnicare line of homeopathic pain relievers.
These delicate perennials with bright yellow petals contain a European pain relief secret that is centuries old but now catching on throughout the United States. Twin pharmacists Jean and Henri Boiron caringly harvested the daisies shortly after founding the company in 1932 -- a practice continued today by trained professionals who handpick the plants in their natural habitat during the June and July season to preserve the quality. The freshly picked plants are delivered to Boiron's lab near Lyon within 48 hours in aerated packaging via refrigerated trucks to begin their transformation into a gel, cream or oral pellets relied upon by many to manage every day pain.
"Muscle pain doesn't just slow you down, it can be an all-consuming type of pain that disrupts your daily workflow and activity levels," said Dr. Lillie Rosenthal, DO, a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician in New York City. "What I like about Arnicare is that it's easy to use and a much safer option for addressing the aches and pains of many of my patients."
Arnicare can be taken orally in the form of pellets that dissolve under the tongue or used topically as a gel or cream for relief of muscle pain and stiffness. The active ingredient found in Arnicare can also relieve swelling from injuries and reduce discoloration from bruises (one of its more popular features among women); and unlike menthol rubs, Arnicare's topicals are odorless.
"The fact that you don't have that strong traditional medicinal smell is a huge plus," said Rosenthal, who is a consulting physician for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera, MTV Video Music Awards and several Broadway productions. "You can use the cream and gel liberally during the day and not worry about disturbing people around you with an offensive smell. No one even needs to know you are managing an ache or pain."
Rosenthal said Arnicare helps reduce discoloration from bruising if used quickly after the injury. She says this feature makes it especially appealing to her clients who are professional performers, but she has also found it popular among people who want to avoid unsightly bruising from injuries.
Arnicare Gel is paraben-free and manufactured according to the high standards of drug Good Manufacturing Practices and conforms to the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. It can be purchased over the counter at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens as well as health food stores nationwide. Average retail price for a 2.6-ounce tube is $10.99. Arnica pellets, on average, cost $7 for an 80-count vial. For more information or to locate a store, visit: www.arnicare.com.
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