Comfrey is a rather interesting plant as it has been used in folk medicine for centuries now. It is an exceptional cure for wounds and fractures. Ointment based on comfrey extract completely cured back pain in only 5 days during a research. Hence, this research was conducted by scientists of the German Sport University Cologne and the results were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The report clearly states that comfrey root extract is very potent in lowering acute pain.
Comfrey has a root similar to beet and large, hairy leaves. It contains alantoin which encourages the creation of new cells, thus making comfrey a great remedy for different types of injuries, cracked skin, cuts, and excessive bleeding. Additionally, comfrey is used for compresses against bone ache and gout. Extract from comfrey leaves has a beneficial effect on painful joints by decreasing the ache and the consequences from the injury. It can be also used by people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer and experience back pain. Ointments and comfrey tinctures can treat sprained ankles, swellings and ache, as well as sport injuries and sore muscles. The alantonin, contained in the comfrey leaves, helps in quick skin regeneration as it encourages the growth of new cells. Therefore, comfrey ointments are an excellent tool in the fight against bruises, cuts, and wounds. What’s more, comfrey has proven to be an exceptional cure for treatment of bunions-lumps at the thumb’s root.
Previous research has also concluded that comfrey efficiently alleviates pain and treats joint dislocation and knee osteoarthritis. However, it should not be taken in the form of capsules and supplements as it can be poisonous for the liver.
Comfrey is also used in treatment of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne, and lichen planus. It is important to know that you should not pick comfrey on your own and always be careful with the dosage. The best option is to purchase tested comfrey products.
The comfrey products sold on the market usually contain from 5 to 20 % of comfrey. Also, do not use tinctures and ointments for more than 10 days in a row or 4 to 6 weeks yearly. And, comfrey products must not be kept in iron or brass vessels.