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Comfrey root is used to relieve pain from blunt injuries, promote healing of broken bones, sprains and bruises, reduce swelling and edema, and encourage the rapid and healthy regrowth of skin and tissue cells. Because comfrey may contain PAs, which have caused cancer and liver damage in animal studies, and because the root contains it in higher concentration than the leaves, internal use is not suggested.  Precautions:  Not for internal use. Not to be used while pregnant or nursing. Comfrey was widely used and recommended until the mid-1980s, when reports began to surface about the possibility of liver damage from the pyrrolizidine alkaloids that some plants contain. In 2001, the FTC and FDA combined to issue an injunction against products containing comfrey that were meant for internal use. In tests, comfrey root has been shown to contain nearly ten times the amount of PAs as the young leaves or stems. However, there is no suggestion of danger when comfrey root preparations are used externally or topically, though it's wise to avoid using comfrey root products on open or dirty wounds.

NOTE: I've switched to the Organic Root Powder from a specific supplier, as I'd learned from a knowledgeable source, that the wc powder I've carried previously didn't 'bind' well, thus opted to get the 'best', as people rely on this product to heal, & what I used to sell, may not have done as good a job.  Sorry for the expense, but it's the best you can buy, and should certainly do it's job well.


Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

One of the best of all tissue healing herbs is Comfrey. We have soaked injured areas in Comfrey tea, taken Comfrey internally and applied it in poultices with excellent results. It helps all kinds of tissues, muscles, bones, skin and membranes to heal more rapidly.


Once when I had a sore foot I just made up a big tub of Comfrey tea and soaked my foot in Comfrey tea as hot as I could stand for about 20 minutes. This did the trick, the swelling and pain subsided and did not return. We also make Comfrey salve in our family to aid in healing minor abrasions, diaper rash, chapped lips and so forth.


Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

Comfrey has a strong history of being used as an external application by itself or in poultices for the mending of wounds and broken bones. Comfrey has been called the “bone knitter.”


Another study by Daniel O. Noorlander using Comfrey on streptococcus agalactia and staphylococcal bacteria, showed that when Comfrey extract (tincture) was introduced topically to the bacteria, within 20 to 30 minutes the walls of the bacteria cells weakened and then burst, destroying the bacteria.

Contact healer (relieves pain and starts healing on contact).

Cell proliferant (helps grow new flesh and bone.) Accelerates the healing process. The cell proliferant and active ingredient in Comfrey is called Allantoin.

Helps with pain, repairs and heals, excellent for wounds, burns, cuts and abrasions and broken bones, high in calcium.

Reduces the inflammation of pulled tendons.

Extract (tincture) used topically for acne and athletes foot.

Used for female problems. Comfrey tea and extract has been used as a douche for yeast infections. Poultices applied to sore and caked breasts, helps the tenderness leave very quickly.

High in calcium and vitamin C. Contains carotene (vitamin A), B12, and chlorophyll.

When Comfrey extract was applied to mosquito bites, the itching stopped immediately and the swelling went down.

Has been used in the following:

  • Acne •Allergies •Arthritis       •Athlete’s foot      •Baths for sores     
  • Bed sores •Bowels, ulcerated       •Boils       •Bronchitis       •Bruises      •Burns       •Bursitis      •Cold sores         •Congestion      •Coughs       •Digestion      •Douches      •Emphysema     
  • Female problems •Fomenations •Fractures       •Gangrene      •Gout       •Hay fever      •Herpes
  • Infections •Insect bites, stings       •Itching      •Lungs       •Mouthwash      •Mucous membranes       •Pain        •Poultice       •Skin      •Sores       •Swellings     
  • Vaginal douche •Wounds •Yeast infection


Case History

  1. cut himself on the finger with an aluminum can lid. The wound was very deep, almost to the bone. He applied fresh Comfrey poultices to the wound daily. The wound healed completely in 2-3 days.



Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Well known in ancient times, Culpeper says of this wonderful healer, “The great Comfrey helps those that spit blood, or make a bloody urine. The root boiled in water or wine, and the decoction drank, helps all inward hurts, bruises, wounds, and ulcers of the lungs, and causes the phlegm that oppresses them to be readily spit forth. It is said to be so powerful to knit together (wounds and broken bones), that if the root be boiled with dissevered pieces of flesh in a pot, it will join them together again.” Priest & Priest tell us that it is a soothing demulcent, gently stimulating to the mucous membranes, allay irritation and encourages cell growth. It increases expectoration and tones the bronchi, especially suitable for conditions involving capillary hemorrhage or excessive mucous. They give the following specific indications: coughs and colds, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastro-intestinal inflammation, congealed or stagnant blood, pruritus ani, chronic suppurative ulcerations, bruised and damaged joints, damaged muscles or pulled tendons, delayed union of fractures, and traumatic injury to the eye. Ellingwood recommends it from bronchial irritation, pneumonia, inflammation of the stomach, and as being useful in all hurts and bruises both internal and external.

Indicated Usages: Internal

  • Arthritis •Asthma •Blood purifier       •Broken bones      •Bronchitis       •Cough, pertussis      •Diarrhea, dysentery     •Emphysema      •Gall bladder       •Hemorrhage      •Inflamed kidneys       •Inflammation       •Irritable bowel, Colitis      •Osteoporosis, Calcium deficiency


Indicated Usages: External

•Boils, old sores       •Bruises      •Burns, scalds       •Diaper rash      •Eczema, psoriasis       •Sprains


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