(NaturalNews) Comfrey (also known as knitbone) is often referred to as a miracle herb because of the fact that it has healing properties and contains a host of vitamins and minerals. The nutritional value of this herb is almost comparable to many other green leafy vegetables, which we consume on a daily basis. It has been used for many years to heal sprains, bruises and dislocations.
Comfrey contains many vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin B12, potassium, sulphur, calcium, iron, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, selenium, iron, germanium and mucilaginous fibre. It is also an excellent source of protein. It contains compounds called Mucilage and Allantoin, which are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Comfrey can be used both internally and externally. It acts as an astringent (constricts blood vessels), an expectorant (helps to expel mucous) and an emollient (helps to soften body tissues, including the skin). It also acts as a mild sedative and is also haemostatic (assists with blood clotting). It is also able to help increase cell growth and heal injuries.
This miracle herb is also able to successfully lower cholesterol levels in the body. The mucilage content helps prevent both glucose and insulin spikes, making it an excellent choice for diabetics. Not only is it a natural laxative, but it is also highly beneficial to those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
When made into a poultice, Comfrey can be placed over bruises and sprains to help reduce bruising and swelling in the affected areas. It can also be placed onto scrapes and cuts as a disinfectant and pain reliever. When the leaves are eaten, they can help with internal bleeding, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids and dysentery.
Comfrey is often prescribed for bleeding gums and piles. It boasts both antifungal as well as antibacterial properties. It is used to treat internal and external ulcers. Burn victims can benefit greatly from being treated with this herb. It has also been used to help heal broken bones.
The healing properties of this herb are so potent that it is important to ensure that when using it as a poultice, the affected area or wound is completely clean and free from dirt or debris. This is because Comfrey causes the skin to grow back so swiftly that any dirt or debris left behind will actually end up being stitched under the new skin.
This herb is relied upon and used by most homeopaths and herbalists, as it is able to be combined and mixed with a variety of other herbal remedies.
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