Comfrey( lively): useful properties and contraindications
Jul 05, 2018
Comfrey or "jellyfish" is a perennial herb that belongs to the family of Burachnikovs.The range of its growth extends from the forests of Western Asia to Britain.Liver was also found on the Japanese islands, in Africa and New Zealand.Significant thickets are infrequent.The plant likes moist soils, saturated with nutrients.Brief description of the plant Active components Procurement and storage of substrate Comfrey Recipes
Brief description of the plant
The height of the straight, thick and spreading stems of Comfrey is up to 1 m( sometimes more).Its leaves are large, regular, and the root system is very powerful and branched.Flowers before the flowering period are curls of red or lilac;Then their shade can vary from blue to cream.The time of ripening of fruit-nuts continues from the middle of summer to the beginning of autumn.
Please note: preparations of this healing herb have been used since Antiquity.Mention of its medicinal properties are found in the writings of Paracelsus and Theophrastus.
Active ingredients that are present in Comfrey include:
- allantoin( determines the main medicinal properties of the herb);
- alkaloids( consolidin, cynoglossin);
- vitamin B4( choline);
- vitamin B12;
- vitamin C;
- tanning compounds;
- products of biotransformation of alkaloids( choline, etc.);
- mucus( polysaccharides);
- vegetable acids( rosemary, oxycoric, etc.);
- triterpene compounds.
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The highest concentration of allantoin is found in the roots of Comfrey in the winter.This natural compound promotes the formation of new cells, which accelerates repair.Choline improves microcirculation, which also has a beneficial effect on the restoration of damaged tissues.Vitamin B12 is essential for the activation of metabolic processes and the improvement of hemopoiesis.Rosemary acid is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound.
Procurement and storage of substrates
As a raw material used in folk medicine, the roots are harvested.They are excavated in the autumn or spring period.After thorough cleaning, the roots are cut into fragments of 15-20 cm and pre-dried in rooms with good natural ventilation of the .The final stage of drying should be carried out in special dryers with a temperature of 35-40 ° C.Ready-made vegetable substrate is advisable to keep in bags of cotton fabric or leaky closed boxes of cardboard.
Note: , some recipes of French and German traditional medicine suggest the use as raw materials of leaves and blossoms of the falcon, the collection of which is necessarily carried out during the flowering period.
Application of comfrey
In Russia 17-18 centuries.Comfrey landed on the so-called."Pharmacy gardens" for the further preparation of funds to accelerate the healing of bones.This healing effect is mentioned in a number of sources of the Renaissance.Currently, grass is regarded as a weed, which is quite problematic to get rid of.In the USSR, the living creature was grown as a fodder crop, extremely rich in protein.
At present, Comfrey is mainly used in homeopathy and folk medicine.The official pharmacopoeia is not considered as a medicinal product for internal use, because the alkaloids in its composition are characterized by a high degree of toxicity.They can paralyze the nervous system.
Important: has information about the likelihood of carcinogenic effects of active substances that make up the herb.
Traditional healers use anti-caustic preparations to accelerate the fusion of broken bones, and as a means to accelerate the healing of suppurating wounds.
Among the drugs officially registered on the territory of our country - "Balm for the body Liver" and "Ointment of Comfrey( with vitamin E)."
Phytopreparations based on comfrey are characterized by antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and hemostatic properties of .
Clinical trials have proven that the active ingredients of Comfrey contribute to the acceleration of the process of ulcer regeneration.Means based on a live-eye are shown only for external use. They have found their application in cosmetology for the treatment of acne( acne).In stomatology, rinsing solutions with Comfrey are used in the treatment of periodontal disease.
In folk herbalists, the livid is recommended for the treatment of the following pathologies:
- gastrointestinal ulcers;
- hyperacid gastritis;
- multiple sclerosis( externally, for grinding);
- diseases of the respiratory system;
- inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth;
- fungal skin lesions;
- weakened immunity;
- diarrhea( inside, as an astringent).
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Eyebrow ointments are very useful against bruises, sprains and swelling.Since ancient times folk healers have used the fresh juice of this herb to fight acne, small scratches and local inflammations.
Please note: on the basis of Comfrey produces cosmetic products that promote skin rejuvenation.
Before using phytopreparations with a live eye, be sure to consult a physician.
Important! Comfrey categorically contraindicated in pregnant women and lactating mothers.In addition, folk medicines based on this plant can not be used for hypotension.
Take 1 tbsp.L dried crushed Comfrey root and pour 200 ml of cold water.Insist 7-8 hours and strain.Take 1 tbsp.L.5-6 times a day with diseases of the digestive tract or cold.
Take half a tablespoon of finely chopped root, pour 200 ml of water, put on fire and cook for 1.5 hours.Insist the broth until it cools, and then strain.The drug can be used for lotions for burns, diaper rash, acne and psoriasis.Inside it is recommended to take 1 dessert spoon of broth for fractures.
Vladimir Plisov, medical reviewer