Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale)

Comfrey OintmentComfrey (Symphytum Officinale) is a common medicinal herb and gardening plant which has been used for centuries to treat plenty of health conditions. It is a perennial herb originating from Central Asia and Europe, and since the times of ancient Greece comfrey is playing a role in traditional medicines of most of the European and Asian nations. Some comfrey species are very poisonous, and most of the comfrey species are actually quite harmful to our liver. That is why all treatments and natural solutions with comfrey are recommended to be used only topically. Comfrey ointments, gels, creams, and also comfrey infusions made from comfrey root are known and highly valued for a variety of properties, including anti-inflammatory, stimulating, analgesic, detoxifying, revitalizing, bone healing, skin healing and repairing, and many other therapeutic properties.

Rich in nutrients and vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B12, potassium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, calcium ,selenium, and other minerals, comrfey is considered one of the most controversial herbal remedies by many experts and specialists, though a lot of studies have proven numerous therapeutic effects of this medicinal herb. In particular, the study by the University of Maryland Medical Center experts have proven anti-inflammatory properties of this herbal remedy. However, as the same study has shown, it is not recommended using any natural treatment with comfrey form more than 10 days. Before starting any kind of topical treatment involving comfrey, it is REQUIRED to talk to your health care provider or a competent health care specialist in order to avoid possible unwanted side effects. Below, check out the list of the most common uses of comfrey root and comfrey leaf products.

  • Comfrey RootThis natural remedy is, first of all, known as an excellent bone healer, that is why it can be recommended to speed up the recovery after a bone fracture, bone lesions, osteoporosis prevention, and other related health conditions.
  • Comfrey ointment can also be very good for treating back pains caused by various conditions, relieving pains linked to spinal disc herniation, intervertebral disc lesions, lumbago, acute lower back pains, etc.
  • This herbal remedy has a long history of being used for preventing gout, osteoporosis, joint and muscle conditions, muscle tears, strains, dislocations, and so on.
  • It can be also effective to treat inflammatory conditions like torticollis, tendinitis, bursitis, and others, reduce related swelling and pains.
  • Comfrey ointment and poultices can be good to reduce pains and swellings related to rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis due to very good painkilling and anti-inflammatory effects of this natural remedy.
  • A number of studies have shown that topical use of comfrey root remedies can be a good solution to support circulatory system, promote blood circulation and prevent a number of very common ailments starting from anemia, elevated blood pressure, varicose veins, and ending up with serious cardiovascular conditions like heart disease, heart attack, and others.
  • Products like confrey ointments, confrey tinctures and other comfrey root products can be used to treat various skin problems, including skin inflammations, eczema, dermatitis, acne, and others.
  • This natural remedy is known for its properties to boost skin healing properties and support skin regeneration.
  • It also can be recommended for reducing bruising.
  • Comfrey products can be used in some cases to treat breast cracks and skin ulcers, however, never without doctor’s examination.
  • Traditionally, comfrey products were also used to treat hemorrhoids, thyroid problems, some respiratory system problems and other health conditions. However, in our times using comfrey ointments and other products is strictly limited. According to the warning by the United States Food and Drug Administration, any oral use of comfrey products should be avoided.
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