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Comfrey, Symhytum officinale, Knitbone

By ttiger8  
These delicate little flowers are from a plant called Comfrey. Comfrey was used by the Greeks and Romans as a medicinal herb. The name of Knitbone derives from using a poultice made from Comfrey like we use plaster of Plaster of Paris today, to assist in healing of broken bones.

It also has claimed medicinal use for healing "internal ailments" including gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as pulmonary problems, asthma, headaches, gout and more.
Dried Comfrey was also used sprinkled on wounds to promote quick scabbing and healing as well as made into creams to promote quick healing of burns.

Research funded by pharmaceutical companies claimed that use of Comfrey caused liver damage and was implicated in causing cancer. Following the results of the research, use was banned in several countries including the UK. The pharmaceutical companies recommended use of their own expensive medications that didn't have the same side effects. One could be sceptical in thinking if the research was deliberately aimed at preventing the use of a freely available source of medication over their more expensive profit making products.

Tags: Macro Wildlife and nature Comfrey

Voters: Chontrell, Bantu, estonian


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Bantu 7 7 1 India
13 Sep 2015 2:25PM
Very lovely closeup,good information.

Vikram

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