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Comfrey Root - Dried Herb chopped -

Comfrey Root - Dried Herb chopped - Image

COMFREY root chopped ready for infusion.

Latin Name: Symphytum officinale
Alternate Names: Knitbone, Slippery Root, Bruisewort, Blackwort
Parts Used: Leaves, root.
Properties: Anodyne, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Demulcent, Emollient, Expectorant, Hemostatic, Refrigerant, Vulnerary, Yin Tonic.
Internal Uses: Bronchitis, Cough, Fractures, Internal Bleeding, Respiratory Problems, Ulcers
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Today it is not often used internally. See contraindications.
Topical Uses: Bruises, Burns, Fractures, Hemorrhoids, Skin Dryness, Swellings, Varicose Veins, Wounds
Topical Applications: When applied topically, Comfrey helps to draw infection out of the body. Its constituent allantoin is a known cell proliferant. Use as a bathherb for dry skin. Salves, lotions and poultices for fractures, wounds, bruises, swellings, hemorrhoids, varicosites and burns.
Energetics: Cool, Sweet, Moist.
Chemical Constituents: Mucilage, mucopolysaccharides, allantoin, inulin, vitamin B-12, protein, lysine, asparagine, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, triterpenoids, phenolic acids, pyrrolizidine, alkaloids.

Contraindications: Pyrrolizidine alkaloids may cause hepatic toxicity, also referred to as veno-occlusive disease.
The root is higher in the alkaloid than the leaves. Young leaves are higher in pyrrolizidine than the mature leaves.
Other research indicates that Comfrey may have anticancerous activity.
Research herbalists are still at odds about this and more research needs to be conducted to determine whether or not Comfrey is safe for external use. Because Comfrey causes rapid wound healing, make sure a wound is clean of any dirt before applying Comfrey.

Due to exorbitant overseas postage costs, the dried herbs can only be posted within Australia.