Comfrey

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Comfrey
Symphytum Officinale

A large hairy plant. Grows wild. Commonly found in damp soil. Purple bell-shaped flowers. The florets (flowering tops) are used. Eaten as a vegetable or used medicinally.

Functions / Benefits
Tissue builder (for wounds and bone healing). Demulcent (soothes irritation). Promotes healing (internally and externally).

Indications
Arthritis. Cuts & wounds. Sprains and broken bones. Stomach ulcers and inflammations of the digestive tract. Persistent coughs.

Contraindications
Due to the presence of pyrrolzidine alkaloids (a toxin that presents a serious health hazard to consumers) in comfrey, the U.S. FDA has issued a warning not to consume or use this herb internally or externally.

http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/dspltr06.html

Method & Dose
Ingestion: May be eaten as a vegetable (like spinach).
Ingestion: Tea infusion. (1 cup, 3 times a day)

Due to the potential for harm, please seriously consult professional advice before using this herb.

   
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