Common name: Comfrey, comphrey
Scientific term: Not specified
Description: Comfrey is a common name for plants in the genus Symphytum used as an herbal medicine.
Allantoin is the main treasure in comfrey plant. This substance is a part of many plants, but its concentration in comfrey is especially high and provides unsurpassed healing properties.
Thanks to allantoin, the damaged tissues are restored as soon as possible, the fractures heal faster and new cells are actively formed. Thus, the process of regeneration goes much more intensively. Choline (Vitamin B4) stimulates local blood circulation, promotes healing of the skin. Comfrey also contains sugars, flavonoids, cellulose, ascorbic acid.
Comfrey roots and leaves contain Vitamin B12 – the necessary element for the hematopoiesis system, which is also responsible for the correct metabolism.
Also, comfrey is a champion in potassium content, polysaccharides, tannins, triterpenes, inulin, protein compounds and Starch. Rosemary acid helps to suppress inflammatory processes, fights free radicals and has an analgesic effect. Tannins, essential oils and comfrey alkaloids support its medicinal properties.
In folk medicine, medicinal comfrey remedies are used for both external and internal use. They have the following therapeutic effect:
Comfrey produces a stimulating effect on the respiratory center, raises the tone of the smooth muscles of the intestine and uterus, stops internal and external bleeding. Water infusion of roots is used in certain diseases of the digestive tract: diarrhea, dysentery, inflammation of the intestinal mucosa, peptic ulcer. Comfrey heals catarrh of the airways, accompanied by abundant sputum. In folk medicine, comfrey roots are often used externally in diseases of the musculoskeletal system, skin diseases and skin damages. It accelerates the healing of purulent wounds, trophic ulcers, inflammations in the subcutaneous tissue, abscesses, contributes to a more rapid fusion of fractures.
High efficiency of the plant is explained by the fact that it has a complex effect:
- restores bone tissue;
- strengthens regeneration processes;
- relieves swelling and inflammation;
- stops bleeding;
- prevents bacterial infections;
- reduces pain.
Comfrey is also used for joints. It helps overcome joint pain caused by arthritis and arthrosis, gout, rheumatism. It is effective in osteochondrosis, bruises, dislocations, ligament injuries, venous inflammation, radiculitis and sciatica. Comfrey roots are used for baths, lotions, rinses, compresses, ointments, not only in the dried, but also in fresh form.
Comfrey also solve some cosmetic problems. It moisturizes the skin, gives it a healthier and fresh look, narrows the pores, heals cracks in the skin, prevents hair loss.
The medicinal properties of comfrey are associated with the highest content of allantoin, a derivative of uric acid. It cleans wounds, stimulates the formation of new cells of bone, cartilaginous and muscle tissue.
The plant contains poisonous substances and has contraindications for oral administration. Only a doctor can decide whether you can use comfrey, even for external use.
All medicinal forms of comfrey require storage in a place inaccessible to children.