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Comfrey Date Written January 4, 2010
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised  

Comfrey is claimed by the traditional medical community to treat dermatitis and may be true. However we did not find any scientific research to validate that claim. We did find valid reports that comfrey works as a topical solution for back, knee and ankle pain. We welcome contributions of proven scientific research. Click volunteer above.

1. "There was a significant treatment difference between Comfrey extract and placebo regarding the primary variable. In the course of the trial the pain intensity on active standardised movement decreased on average (medians) about 95.2 % in the verum group and 37.8 % in the placebo group. The results of this clinical trial were clear-cut and consistent across all primary and secondary efficacy variables. Comfrey root extract showed a remarkably potent and clical relevant effect in reducing acute back pain. For the first time, also a fast acting effect of the ointment (1 hour) has been witnessed." PMID: 19460762 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19460762?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=5

2. "METHOD: Wound healing effects of a topically applied preparation (Traumaplant) containing a concentrate (10 % active ingredient) from the aerial parts of medicinal comfrey (Symphytum x uplandicum NYMAN: ) were examined in a randomized clinical double-blind study... CONCLUSIONS: Symphytum herb extract can be attributed distinct wound healing effects, effects that can explicitly be used in paediatry.(related to children, both before and after birth)" PMID: 18157595 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18157595?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=14

3. "The results suggest that the comfrey root extract ointment is well suited for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Pain is reduced, mobility of the knee improved and quality of life increased." PMID: 17169543 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17169543?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=17

4. "Comfrey root extract showed a remarkably potent and clical relevant effect in reducing acute back pain. For the first time, also a fast acting effect of the ointment (1 hour) has been witnessed." PMID: 19460762 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19460762?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=3

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