There are some medicinal plants so powerful their reputation precedes them. Such is the case for Symphytum officinale, a type of “super plant” that has been known for its ability to mend bones. Throughout history, people have relied on this ancient herb’s healing properties, and you can still harness its power to relieve bone injuries when used homeopathically.
A Medicinal History of the Symphytum
Symphytum officinale is the Latin name for a perennial shrub in the borage family that grows in wet regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. It’s more commonly known as “comfrey” but is also called “knitbone,” referring to its amazing ability to “knit” bones back together. For over 2,000 years, practitioners of folk medicine would apply poultices, dressings, and salves containing this herb to promote the healing of fractures, broken bones, and other wounds. Comfrey was also used in tea for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
The roots and leaves of the comfrey plant contain two essential bone-healing substances: Allantoin that fortifies bone and tissue regeneration, and rosmarinic acid, which reduces pain and inflammation. But the plant also has alkaloids that can cause liver damage, so these herbal preparations are no longer considered safe to use.
Homeopathic Bone Mender
Homeopathic Symphytum officinale is made from the comfrey root in a way that safely removes the toxicity. It’s used to help healing after a bone fracture has been reset and relieves the pain caused by bone trauma.* Because Symphytum accelerates the formation of a callus (an essential part of the bone repair process), make sure the fracture has been properly aligned and set before taking this medicine. Symphytum officinalis 6C can be taken three times a day until the cast is removed.
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*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.