I'm thinking it is best to tilt a container so you don't need too much. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on March 31, 2015: Good luck with your healing, AnamChara. I smiled and signed his papers. It is important not to just 'assume' improvement. I have plenty of comfrey, but I'm not sure I'd have the stomach for watching my children repeatedly fall from horses. Hi, I have been wanting to get back to climbing asap since my surgery. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 25, 2015: Thanks for taking the time to tell your story, Lady Mina Miakoda. Nature provides many remedies too valuable to ignore. I make my own salve using olive oil and beeswax -been doing so since 1973. Obviously she has an instinct to push back...so I have a cracked rib. From reading Sherry's comment, however, it sounds like it is worth trying. If your son is young and healthy, there is no real advantage to continuing the capsules past the initial stage of pain relief, anti-inflammatory and rebuilding cartilage if it has been damaged. How would you go about fixing it? With the changing season and more comfrey leaves growing, I now plaster the comfrey on thickly. This is based on my personal experience and please do not take this as medical advise. The Fastest Way to Reduce Inflammation in the Body. I now have a new appreciation for the power of this incredible plant and plan on growing some of my own. http://www.newzealandsbest.com/#USA (I wrote about it in my article about 'How to reduce swelling fast on a broken ankle'.) I grow comfrey throughout my garden for mulch and plant food, but it's also particularly useful for healing broken bones. It would be dreadful to make an injury worse by being impatient. lol. And that’s after two weeks! As a poultice, applied over your broken bone. Get a piece of cheesecloth, cotton rag, muslin, or gauze to cover the comfrey, I used gauze. The botanical name, Symphytum, means “to unite.” The incredible healing action this plant has on broken bones and wounds comes from a constituent contained in the leaf and root called allantoin. I fell asleep with this and when I woke up in the morning, all the swelling was gone and the pain was cut by more than half. :). Comfrey leaves and roots are rich in tannins, a kind of compound that … Then, leave it on medium heat for 20 minutes. When I went back after two weeks my doctor was very impressed with my x-ray. I explained to the doctor I was seeing at the time, that he couldn't cast both my hands, but he said it was necessary or I would have permanent damage. It will help reduce inflammation, and at the same time lessen scarring. I keep the gel in my fridge at all times in case I need it. Now, (3 weeks later) I have full movement on both of my hands. I left the hospital looking like I was in a fistfight. Im curious to to see what kind of arrangement you have designed for your plants to grow. He also wanted to do surgery on my right hand and said my recovery time could be approx. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on April 03, 2014: Sorry, I have just noticed comments that remain unanswered. They should be able to order one in. How often do I need to use comfrey oil on it? Try giving him just one in the morning and one in the night (with food) ... and then just one a day once his pain is replaced by boredom. The two plants share pollinators but flower at different times, so they support each other's pollination needs. And we used lots of gel and capsules (available here) as well. Voted up ++. Alice, I'm sure you did the best you could to help your much loved dog. As its many folk names suggest, comfrey is one of the best herbs for healing broken bones, sprains, strains, bruises and tears. Please try again. In fact, comfrey is sometimes called, “knitbone.” amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Answer: I use fresh comfrey, not store-bought comfrey oil. Because we are never likely to eat 19,000 comfrey leaves in our lifetimes, let alone in a short period of time, we happily eat comfrey as a food. What is your husband planning to do? Great post! I suffered in pain for weeks! My foot will be put into an aircast at that time. I did something similar to my boyfriend's broken ankle with castor oil. Here are the photos most relevant to his use of comfrey after his surgical staples were removed. I am curious to see what kinds of other plants are doing well and growing near the groups of comfrey. I’m not familiar with ‘comfrey oil’ but I suggest you apply it a couple of times a day. Soaked another leaf then wrapped it up with plastic wrap. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on December 11, 2013: Hello, Elizabeth. Yes, you can use comfrey to help repair any broken bones, but I'm not sure how you'll manage to apply a poultice. Question: Where can I get a comfrey plant? Did comfrey help heal his broken bones? The most well-known property of comfrey is its ability to help your body heal injuries. I wish I had a garden, I hope to live off grid one day. I broke my ankle 13 days ago, and am going to have staples removed in 3 days. May I suggest you also take a look at this link. Not only does it speed up recovery on the surface level, but the primary constituent, allantoin, penetrates into the tissues of the body to speed healing of sprains, strains, and even broken bones. The main thing I'd advise for you at this time is to concentrate on eating the right kinds of foods to help heal broken bones. :), hi i have a lot of comfrey in my garden and was wondering how are u using it as a food?.. But other doctors remove hardware only if patient has a problem with the hardware. It is easy to make when there is fresh comfrey to be found. In the evening, when is took my bra off, the leaf would be dried out, thinned and wrinkled. If you want to freeze comfrey leaves, I suggest you juice them first. I nursed my five children. Comfrey root salve has been shown to be a bone knit herbal remedy. We were particularly impressed by the healthy pink area where the staple marks are barely visible. MS Wellness Route is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Doctor had a frame to stabilise the bones after surgery. Living on my own means using a poultice is not possible. I have dried comfrey and need to know how to make a poultice. I foolishly tried to move one of my goats backwards in the milkstand by pushing on her head gently. Made tea of comfrey leaf then soaked my foot. I keep at least a little growing in a pot in case of winter emergencies (like my husband's broken ankle), and lots growing in the garden to use as a mulch and plant food during the vegetable growing seasons. Comfrey should help with your fracture, but I don't know what effect it would have on a cyst. Because I grow my own organic comfrey, I knew there was no danger of chemical fertilizer or pesticides on the plant. amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "starwest botanicals organic comfrey"; As a bonus, I'll send you the password to my secret library filled with MANY FREE printables for your wellness journey. Potato, tomato, chilli and eggplant are all related to the deadly nightshade. And doctors who've seen subsequent xrays said I had "good bone regrowth". I will work through them now ... Sandra, I do have that information and will look for it when I get a chance. A few days later as I was listening to the orthopedic surgeon explaining how I needed surgery. I am studying Herbalism and Forest Gardening, and I was wondering how your garden is laid out. Your photos are very helpful especially re: poultices. If you've followed his story you'll know that I effectively reduced his swelling using a natural product, allowing surgeons to operate within 24 hours of the accident. I'll be drinking my comfrey today, it's large and lush at this time of year. I have to give credit to the brilliant surgeons and the plates and screws they put in his leg, but I doubt he'd have progressed so far, so fast if we'd not taken advantage of nature's gifts. longtimemother.hubpages.com/hub/How-to … I've been tapping into nature's medicine chest for a long time now, aviannovice. How would you like to get your MS into remission! :). LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on August 28, 2014: Sharon, I'm not a doctor. The outdoor cats even come out to greet us when we are pulling into our driveway. :). I too had 2 plates with screws put in during surgery to stabilize the fracture while it heals. I'm wishing you every success. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on February 12, 2014: Thank you Kukata Kali and rls8994. Sorry my question may have been too overly ambitious. He asked if I could lift my arm over my head which I did. One more point about using comfrey powder to make a poultice. I tried being still and holding the bone together with my other hand, that evening, while breathing and thinking healing thoughts (meditating?) Unfortunately, not this time. I brought him a root on my next visit 3 weeks after that, were I now was back to my clients doing full treatments and using my hands doing medical massage and acupressure. When it’s frozen you can use it as a cold pack to help reduce swelling and inflammation. I wasn't bothered when using the fresh comfrey poultice because it was wet and juicy, but sometimes a 'powder' can feel kind of sharp and abrasive (particularly near fresh wounds). Just let me know if you have any more questions. They did the same with lobelia. I can't stress how brilliant it is for ankles and other joints. Encourage your son to do whatever exercises are suggested to him by your doctor or physiotherapist - and do them a lot. Comfrey does contain trace amounts of a compound called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA). this fantastic plant has a root system only a backhoe can dig out, and takes a backseat to no other plant only extream freeze up and will return with a few warm days. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on May 20, 2014: Hello PandaCat. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mswero-20"; It was taken internally for a variety of medical aliments ranging from broken bones and gastric ulcers to the treatment of female disorders. Love it. If you study the debate, you will learn that an adult human would need to eat over 19,000 comfrey leaves to ingest an amount of comfrey comparable to the quantity given to baby rats in an experiment that resulted in liver damage. I use the leaves from both. Nature's medicine chest holds many magnificent remedies. Subscribe to my FREE newsletter! Went to doctor 3 times for the compound fracture of my fifth metacarpal. I do expect you to be growing more than just one comfrey plant. (Obviously, if you suspect you’ve broken a bone or suffered another serious injury, we suggest that your first trip not be to the comfrey patch, but to the Emergency Room.) I would like to try it in 2 weeks when he takes the cast off. I had never heard of it until now. Comfrey had been an old favorite for coughs, but this was their first opportunity to try it out for broken bones. Add some lemon juice, a little water and a teaspoon of honey to make it more tasty (again, please research your species of comfrey and proper dosage to avoid ingesting plants with potential toxicity). The fabric adhesive on the steel insole came loose at one spot on the edge of the heel, after wearing them just a few times. Based on my experience, comfrey does the job when it comes to healing broken bones. I did this daily for 3 weeks (canceling 1 of my doctors appointments) and my only side effect, was having a green tint on my skin (lol). Its main active compounds, allantoin and rosmarinic acid, have shown to stimulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and … You could also freeze the poultice first before applying it. Since I was trying to avoid surgery and wanted to use holistic healing instead. Comfrey was once commonly called Knitbone because of its amazing ability to heal broken bones and “knit” them back together again. (If you do make tea for a footbath, you might like to try drinking a bit while you are soaking your foot. I wonder if your doctor shared your dad's comfrey recipe with other patients .... or if he just kept it to use if ever his own family members broke a bone. Your husband's foot is looking much better these days. I can't remember ever writing about what exactly grows near my comfrey plants, but I'm sure you'll pick up some tips about how I keep my garden thriving if you read them. I used cold cabbage leaves, straight from the fridge ... but with the benefit of hindsight I would definitely have tried comfrey leaves. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! If you took an alkaloid from a strawberry and tested it, it would probably also be toxic... LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on November 21, 2013: Good idea, Thundermama. Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 25, 2013: You've done so well for yourself living off the grid. There's an interesting video on that hub I encourage you to watch. This time the pain was nothing like before so I thought it was sore from landing on it. Can this method be done using the powder? :). Also, you may need someone to help you secure it onto the injured area like your shoulder. Comfrey is available in processed form from a variety of outlets. I don’t know why but they like sneaking up behind me and then lay down. Thanks for this! In 1998 I fell and broke both of my wrist, right thumb and had a torn ligament on my right hand. It becomes paralyzing making it fearful to take a step. It is best to avoid comfrey internally. Cathy is not a doctor nor does she have any medical training. Good luck with your studies. To make a fresh comfrey poultice to apply topically, dig up comfrey roots, clean and chop into short lengths. Maybe you should ask yourself if you think your mother would suggest it. I live in a household with an indoor cat and dog and two outdoor cats as mousers. lol. Do you harvest the leaves and sell them to local farmers? Plus I fed him lots of foods for broken bones (as I explained in another article). I hope everyone votes it up as awesome. That is always your number 1 priority. When I only had a limited amount of fresh leaf, I chose to include comfrey in his meals, with only a small amount left to make into a poultice. I did not know about comfrey until I read this a couple of days ago. I’m guessing the hospital probably prescribed them after his surgery ... but that doesn’t necessarily mean he took them. Comfrey has the ability to heal many ailments such as: The use of comfrey goes back for thousands of years. Mine was a small area so I didn’t need that much comfrey. Don’t use comfrey on deep wounds or lacerations. >> Read More…. I trust the day will come when you're growing comfrey and other useful herbs in your garden. I would rather not live with foreign metal objects in my body for the rest of my life, and hardware removal is often done automatically after fracture has healed. It did not help as I expected. Question: What kind of comfrey did you use? As a person living with MS, my balance isn’t as good as it once was. Good luck. Comfrey as a natural healer. I will try this when I have my other knee replaced! Yes, it often comes as a surprise to people that traditional herbal remedies can provide genuine relief and healing properties. haematomas or broken bones (especially in the limbs) a comfrey poultice is indicated. If you are prepared to make a real effort during the early months, the recovery process is surprisingly quick. I used a fomentation of dried comfrey and enough water to moisten when I sliced of a thick chunk of flesh from the tip of my index finger while using a kitchen mandolin. Definitely a believer, Thank You Mother Earth! Open my eyes, waved, and they flew off. Healing Bruises And Bleeding. Indian Sarsaparilla (Cryptolepis buchanani) – rich in vitamin C, this herb also has been used in traditional medicine for generations for bone breaks, osteoporosis and a number of other ailments. Does your comfrey grow near a fruiting tree or shrub, such as Pear? Also worth noting, is that you can add comfrey leaves to your bathtub. https://remedygrove.com/remedies/Mobicosa-review-n... Hello Heather. You can use a hot water bottle to keep the poultice warm ... but I don't know how advisable that is for a paraplegic. I don't know what difference comfrey will make to your fracture in just two weeks, but in my experience it is certainly worth trying. Made a huge difference. :(. I put fresh comfrey poultice on at least once a day during the initial healing period. Within a few days, it looked like the comfrey completely replaced my missing flesh. True to its Latin name, comfrey was applied externally as a poultice for bruises, sprains and fractures. Day #2 of using comfrey extact. Haven't used the leaves for food yet, although a friend said it was often used as mock fish or fish substitute battered etc. He said fine and was still upset. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on November 23, 2016: Hi Lib. Bones are not growing after examining the X-ray. And any other suggestions. I've just gotten home from hospital today after a quad bike roll over and breaking my 3rd to 6th ribs, i was wanting to know if I could use comfrey to help with the repair of my ribs as the pain is unbelievable and I hate taking to many pain killers. It is referred to as aLis Franc injury. But recently my son broke his hand and we only had the tincture, so he has been taking it internally. I then suggested, or asked, if he could please take an X-ray (I was curious) to see if there was any improvement, which was obvious, being that my hands were moving almost like before the accident. I believe it's because we put together a diet strategy incorporating healing foods. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; He said walking with the poultice on felt like treading in porridge. It is one of the main foods we use for strengthening broken bones. It turns out I broke my collarbone, the technical term was “distal clavicle fracture.” I’ve broken my elbow before and could barely move from the pain. LongTimeMother (author) from Australia on March 03, 2015: Hello MattU. Some years ago, I fell on my ribs and possibly broke one or two of them. You can use your dried comfrey in a couple of ways. I add comfrey to my stir fry meals, and also use it in my blender with other greens like spinach for green smoothies. I would peel it off and put on a new leaf. I wonder how good the results might have been if I had. John Hansen from Queensland Australia on October 19, 2013: We have a whole garden patch devoted to comfrey. 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