By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.
As I watch Comfrey come into full bloom I can’t help but appreciate it’s power to heal. The best remedy I know for wounds and burns of ANY kind, is Comfrey. It is known as ‘the Miracle Herb’, and it is unfortunate that the drug companies have, in my opinion, closed off the ‘research’ into the herb Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, which has resulted in Comfrey being banned just about everywhere in the world. Even though this plant contains poisonous chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), the leaf, root, and root-like stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine. Comfrey leaves are of great value as an external remedy, both in the form of poultice, for sprains, swellings and bruises, and for severe cuts, burns and rashes.
In (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine the skin or Wei Chi (which includes the lungs) is the largest organ in the body, and it is understandable that there are so many remedies for dealing with topical troubles. Scrapes, cuts, bites, burns, rashes and sores are among the many conditions that can adversely affect the skin, and for virtually all of them, there is the comfrey plant. It was traditionally called ‘knit bone’ by herbalists as it helps heals fractures.
Comfrey is a fantastic herb and is best-known for its amazing healing properties for the skin. Its very name alone, symphytum, from the Greek symphyo means to “make grow together.” Comfrey also relieves pain and inflammation. Comfrey Comfrey salves, ointments and oils are best know for the topical treatment of burns, skin alterations and just about any skin irritation. Many healing effects of comfrey are attributable to allantoin, a compound shown to speed cell production both inside and outside the body. Comfrey works so fast that many herbalists will add antibacterial herb s such as other antibacterial herbs to comfrey salves, creams and oils to prevent sealing bacteria inside a fast healing wound.
Comfrey salves, ointments and oils are best know for the topical treatment of burns, skin alterations and just about any skin irritation. Many healing effects of comfrey are attributable to allantoin, a compound shown to speed cell production both inside and outside the body. Comfrey works so fast that many herbalists will add antibacterial herbs to comfrey salves and oils to prevent sealing the bacteria inside a fast healing wound. It is important not to use Comfrey with deep wounds because of this ability.
Radiation Dermatitis (also called Radiation Burn) is a common side effect of radiation therapy in which the skin of the treated area becomes red and irritated. It can occur to some degree in most patients who undergo radiation therapy. Radiation kills not only cancer cells, but also some healthy cells which causes the skin to peel. Damage to the skin can occur within 1 to 2 weeks of treatment and usually resolves when treatment is finished. It is here in combination of soothing aloe vera and comfrey much relief would be felt. www.LotsToLiveFor.com website are many great choices for radiation burns as well as rashes. If you know of a local Herbalist you may reach out to them too.
The benefits of Comfrey are:
- Used as an antibacterial and anti-fungal salve, cream and oil
- Used to reduce inflammation
- Works as an anodyne and eases pain
- Helps stop swelling
- Stimulates cell growth
- Soothes radiation burns especially in combination of other herbs
Other great benefits of Comfrey are in it being very soothing to the skin. It will inhibit further damage to skin tissue, especially for radiation burns. Will stimulate the production of cartilage, tendons and muscles. It has been esteemed as a blood, bone and flesh builder. Scientific research shows that chlorophyll (one of the active ingredients) helps to rejuvenate old cells and promote the growth of new cells.The parts used of the plant are the leaves and roots. It is applied onto the skin as ointment, salve or oils. Comfrey is recommended more for external use.
Its other special quality is as a dynamic accumulator. It draws minerals out of the soil and into the roots and leaves. As a compost accelerator, a fine ingredient in liquid manure is beneficial as an insect attractor, mulch, and weed suppressant. It can be used in borders, around a veggie plot to stop the paths getting overrun with weeds, biomass accumulator, and livestock forage. It’s an ideal permaculture plant!
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