Botanical Source: Leaf and roots of Symphytum Officinale L. (Boraginaceae)
Pharmaceutical Name: Folium et radix Symphyti
Alternate Names: Boneset, Knitbone, and Knitback, for its ability to treat fractures. The Greek word symphein means "to grow together," as does the German wallen, the French soudre, and the ancient Latin names Confirma, Solidago, and Consolida major.
Constituents: Mucilage, including mucopolysaccharide, allantoin, steroidal saponins, tannins, inulin, caffeic acids, phenolic acids, gums, resins, triterpenes, minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus), trace minerals, and vitamins A, B, C, E.
Tropism: Lungs, skin, stomach, intestines, bladder, muscles/bones/tendons. Fluid body: Lung, Large Intestine, Stomach, Bladder Meridians.
Essential Function: Demulcent, used to provide moisture to remedy dryness, swelling, burns, pain, and inflammation to promote tissue healing.
Traditional Use: Comfrey is the foremost remedy for treating tissue trauma. The leaf and root are demulcent, astringent, and vulnerary, and the root is also nutritive and restorative.
Physiological: Demulcent, mucogenic, and synergistic compounds nourish, soothe, and protect tissues, and reduce pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation.
Topical: Used in fresh leaf poultices, warm compresses, macerated oils, and tinctures for making liniments. Comfrey is the leading herb for repairing damaged surfaces. Its high allantoin content works on mucosal difficulties where epithelium needs stimulation for the granulation stage of healing. Comfrey is astringent due to its richness in tannins, which draw substances to the area of repair.
Bioenergetic: Comfrey's high allantoin content has a calcium-like effect that stimulates cell production for repairing connective tissue and collagen.
TCM: Nourishes the yin and fluid deficiency by hydrating the mucosa relieving dryness, and soothing irritation and inflammation.
Chakra Affinity: Crown
Psychospiritual: Comfrey enhances meditation and clarity, helping us release aspects that interfere with self-development and aids the process of integration of self on a spiritual level.