Information on Comfrey

Latin NameSymphytum officinale
Other NamesRussian comfrey
Part UsedRoot, Herb
Herb FormsTeabag, tincture, homeopathic tablet, capsule, tablet, salve, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsIntegumentary system, Liver
CautionsContraindicated during pregnancy or nursing. Because comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be toxic to the liver, it is not recommended for internal use for longer than 10 days--with the advice of a qualified herbalist. Externally,
Botanical InfoA vigorous perennial garden plant with a profusion of large acutely-pointed leaves and spreading roots. The purple-white flowers are in small elongated sprays shaped like a scorpion's tail.
DescriptionComfrey root has long been in use externally for bites, burns, bruises, sprains, stings, and wounds. It contains allantoin, which increases the growth of cells and is an excellent demulcent due to its high mucilage content. Comfrey root is also a useful anti-inflammatory.

Comfrey has a taste of BITTER, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Fresh LeavesNot applicable, external use
PowderNot applicable, external use

Ailments Treated by Comfrey

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bones, brokenpromotes cell growthcompress externally
Burns, 2nd degreedemulcent anti-inflammatorypoultice, externally
Ichthyosisskin cell proliferantfresh or dried root externally

References

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