Comfrey, Symphytum officinale
Parts used: Leaves and roots.
Constituents: Allantoin, Mucilage, Pyrrolizidine, Tannins, Phytosterols. Vitamins: A, B12 and C. Minerals: Calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sulphur, copper, zinc.
Actions: Vulnerary, Demulcent, Anti-haemorrhagic, Astringent, Anti-inflammatory.
Indications:
Bleeding gums, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, pharyngitis, peptic ulcers, diverticulitis, oesophagitis, haematemesis, constipation.
Gastric cancer.
Joint, muscle, bone, and tendon pain.
Externally healing agent for all skin and musculoskeletal injuries, varicose ulcers, hernias and fractures for 6 weeks.
BHP specific, for Gastric ulcers and topically for varicose ulcers.
Herbal extract: 25-60mL per week.
Energetics: Cool, sweet, bitter, astringent. Dosha: PV- K+.
Meridians: lung, stomach, large intestine, bladder.
Caution: The radix should not be used internally, not for deep wounds.