Study Spotlight

Study Spotlight

Healing, Comforting and Safe Comfrey Cream for Children and Teens


Comfrey cream using a specific cultivar (Symphytum x uplandicum NYMAN), is the perfect topical to have on hand for the cuts, abrasions, and bruises that seem to be a normal part of any kid’s life.

One of the reasons this comfrey cream is an excellent choice is because it harnesses the well-known healing properties of the botanical, but contains none of the potentially toxic compounds, called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs), found in older cultivars of the plant.

This comfrey cream has a reputation of fast healing. Effective for a variety of injuries, this comfrey cream has been previously shown to reduce pain and healing time by 50 percent.

In this most recent research, two groups of participants, one with open abrasions and the other with unbroken skin made up the total of over 700 children in the study. Injuries ranged from blunt traumas and sports accidents, and the open trial lasted for two weeks. In this case, checking the safety of the comfrey cream was the primary goal.

The comfrey cream was applied, on average, two to three times daily over on the injury. The overall results were impressive—no adverse events in any of the children with intact skin, and only one instance of a reaction in a child with broken skin. This study raises the total to over 1200 children who have tested the trauma comfrey cream. Statistically speaking, this means that less than one child in 100 has experienced any adverse event in the combined groups of treated patients. And, because other medicinal pain-reducing topical creams like diclofenac are not indicated for broken skin, trauma comfrey cream has a real advantage—it can be used for virtually every bump, bruise, or scrape that comes along.

Abstract:

Kucera A, Barna M, Holcovac S, Horaceka O, Hladikovad M, Ottillingere B. Tolerability and effectiveness of an antitrauma cream with comfrey herb extract in pediatric use with application on intact and on broken skin. International Journal of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2018 Dec;5(4):135-141

Objective: The safety of comfrey herbal cream application to broken skin is still a matter of regulatory debate. It was therefore examined in children with intact and with broken skin treated for blunt traumas and sports injuries, with the aim of collecting data for pharmacovigilance and clinical safety assessments.

Methods: A total of 712 children (386 children with intact skin and 326 children with abrasions and superficial wounds) were openly treated for up to 2 weeks with 1–5 applications daily of comfrey herb cream after presenting for blunt traumas and sports accidents. The incidence rate of adverse events was calculated, next to a global assessment of treatment effects.

Results: No adverse events occurred in the group of children with intact skin, and one intolerability reaction (burning and reddening) was observed after application to broken skin. The overall incidence rate of intolerability reactions per patient was calculated as 0.14% (95% CI 0.00–0.78%) and that of systemic adverse effects as 0.00% (95% CI 0.00–0.42%). Accordingly, the probability of the occurrence of local reactions and systemic adverse events is well below, which is one in 100 treated patients. The global assessment of effects corresponded to previously published experience.

Conclusion: These studies confirm an excellent benefit-to-risk ratio for the application of comfrey herb cream in the treatment of blunt traumas and sports injuries in children with intact and with broken skin.

Here is a link to the complete study: Tolerability and effectiveness of an antitrauma cream with comfrey herb extract in pediatric use with application on intact and on broken skin

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