Comfrey is an amazing herb and is best known as one of the all-time healing herbs. Its very name, Symphytum, means “to heal." Comfrey, unlike preparation-H, has been used for centuries for its bone-mending and healing qualities. Comfrey ointment is best known for the topical treatment of burns, skin ulcerations, lacerations, abrasions, insect and flea bites, eczema, and just about any skin irritation or problem, including itching or bleeding hemorrhoids.
The common name is comfrey; the botanical name is Symphytum Officinale, from the borage family. The properties are astringent, emollient, expectorant, vulnerary, and demulcent. The parts from the comfrey plant used are the roots and leaves.
The constituents are anin, rosmarinic acid, allantoin, steroidal saponins, mucilage, inulin, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, gum, carotene, glycosides, sugars, beta-sitosterol, triterpenoids, vitamin B-12, protein, and zinc. I know this is a bit much and scientific, but it at least shows the reader, we know our herb lore. All of these items can be looked up in any scientific book or encyclopedia. They are very common elements that are found in many other plants, but the comfrey plant is the best for medicinal purposes.
Comfrey relieves pain and inflammation caused by injuries and degeneration, especially, the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Comfrey ointment can be used for pain-relieving massages.
Science has discovered that the fast-healing effects of comfrey are attributable to allantoin, the wonderful and amazing ingredient that speeds cell production both inside and outside the body. Comfrey is called a cell proliferant which aids the healing process of cells.
You should not use comfrey cream or oitnment internally. Comfrey ointments should be used only topically.
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