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Our all-natural Comfrey Salve is often used by customers to heal bruises as well as pulled muscles and ligaments, fractures, sprains, strains, and osteoarthritis. Comfrey roots and leaves contain allantoin, a substance that helps new skin cells grow, along with other substances that reduce inflammation and keep skin healthy.
Using clean hands, scoop a pea-sized amount onto fingers and rub onto desired location. Repeat application as often as desired. For external use only. Keep out of reach of children..
Our all-natural Comfrey Salve is made with pasture-raised lard from Jidona Farms in Mayflower, Arkansas, Beeswax, and Dried Comfrey Leaves grown and harvested on our farm.
“For over 2,000 years, comfrey root and other parts of the herb have been used to treat a variety of ailments. The plant (Symphytum officinale) belongs to the family Boraginacea and has been valued in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and astringent properties…
Comfrey in ancient times
The ‘Naturalis historia’ of the Pliny the Elder (23?–79 AD) is one of the most important testimonies of ancient phytomedicine. In book 26, chapter 137, comfrey is mentioned for the first time for the treatment of bruises and sprains, and a syrup of the herb or a decoction of its root are used. Chapter 148 claims that comfrey ensures rapid healing of wounds…
Dioscorides’s ‘Materia medica’ is the oldest materia medica in Europe. Created at the same time as, but independent from, the ‘Naturalis historia’, it has been shaping European and Arabic phytotherapy for nearly 2,000 years. Dioscorides also mentions comfrey: “The roots below are black on the outside and white and slimy on the inside…Used as a compress they…seal fresh wounds [and] act as cataplasm in the case of inflammation…”
The Middle Ages and early modern times
The treatment of rheumatism and gout were added to the indications for comfrey in the Middle Ages. Nicholas Culpeper (1616–54) mentioned the herb in ‘The English Physitian’. He wanted to give the poor access to affordable herbs and medicines and turned against doctors and pharmacists who prescribed common medicinal plants using their Latin names and then over-priced them, as well as against importation of expensive drugs…
Regarding comfrey, Culpeper stated: “It is said to be so powerful to consolidate and knit together that if they be boyled with dissevered pieces of flesh in a pot, it will join them together again, and a Syrup made thereof is very effectual for all those inward Griefs and Hurts; … and for outward Wounds and Sores in the Fleshy or Sinewy part of the Body whatsoever…
Other books published on the continent during this era also list similar indications.
During the 20th century the number of [similiar] indications in standard publications…increased considerably. External use is indicated for periosteum problems, bone fractures, promotion of callus formation, neuralgia after fractures, strains, contusions, tenosynovitis and inflammation of a muscle, haematoma, thrombosis, arthritis, wounds that heal badly and periodontosis. Internal use is directed for gastritis, peptic ulcers, cough remedies and use as a popular medicine in cases of rheumatism, pleurisy, bronchitis, diarrhoea and tumours…
However, their exact molecular mechanism has not been completely determined. Further, comfrey contains potentially toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids, but absorption is significantly lower through the skin compared with if given orally…
A recently published clinical trial, meeting all modern standards of good clinical practice, comparing an ointment of comfrey root extract with placebo to treat acute sprains reported a significant superiority in efficacy of the comfrey ointment. In another focusing on acute ankle sprains, the same topical preparation was compared with diclofenac diethylamine gel. The published results not only demonstrated non-inferiority of the comfrey extract in all measured variables but indicated that phytotherapy in this case may be superior to conventional medicine.
The most recent randomised, double-blind placebo-controlled trial (published in Phytomedicine 2007;14:2–10) has demonstrated the therapeutic efficacy and safety of a comfrey root extract ointment in the treatment of patients with painful osteoarthritis of the knee.
Today, topical preparations of comfrey root extract are clinically proven…to treat muscle and joint ailments.”
“Comfrey: ancient and modern uses”
By Christiane Staiger
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