Comfrey is a healing herb that has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, wounds, bruises, strains, sprains and any form of blunt trauma. In the history of comfrey, it has been known as bone-knit, bone-set, and knit wort (plant). These age old terms were used because of the healing benefits. It was used to knit bones back together again. It was used to set fractures that would not heal, in some cases 50% faster. And knit wort referred to the plant being able to knit the body back together again. Comfrey fell out of favor for a while, as a group of compounds known as alkaloids in comfrey could possibly cause liver toxicity. Many countries around the world banned the use of comfrey, particularly orally.
Comfrey creams or ointments were still allowed to be sold but not to be used on children or on any part of the body where it could be absorbed through the skin such as open wounds, scrapes, abrasions or cracks in the skin. To avoid all of these precautionary measures, a German company developed a comfrey that was completely void of these harmful alkaloids. The German government has approved it as a safe topical cream for all applications, and even for children as young as 2 years of age.
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