All mucilagenous herbs are used to soothe the digestive and respiratory systems, inclucing ulcers and sore throats, but there has been some concern about an association of comfrey and liver problems, and it is banned as a herbal remedy in several countries. I have no first-hand knowledge of any problems even though this herb has been consumed by many people I know for a lifetime without any ill effeccts. It is, however, recommended without reservation for external application.
Every part of the plant can be uses and the fresh leaves and stems are easiest to use. For internal application, mucilagenous herbs need to be simmered to release the gelatenous property of the plant which heals bones,
cartiledge, bruises, muscles. You can drink it in tea or use the leaves like spinach, or you can make a poultice by packing a mush of the leaves, raw, simmered, or frozen, around the affected part of the body. If the frexh leaves are not available, dried leaves or roots will do. Cover with plastic wrap and replace before they get smelly, at least twice a day.
In Germany, comfrey is now only recommended for external use. Previously, its roots or leaves were used in "... teas, wines, tinctures, creams, poultices, and herbal baths for problems of muscles, joints, bones, wounds, infection, bruises, arthritis, fractures, swelling, varicose veins,
stomach, and other ulcers ..." according to the renouned herbalist Maria Treben.
For broken bones and arthritic joints, it is also beneficial to obtain the gelatenous ingredients of animal origin. The richest sources for boiling a gelatenous broth are chicken (or other bird) feet, veal and sheep (or other immature animal) bones. Boil the cartiledge until it is soft enough to eat.
These remedies are most effective preventively, if used on a regular basis. You will see the effects in strong fingernails, healthy hair, and more flexible joints.
Other mucilagenous plants are basswood blossoms and leaves (Linde), ground linseed (the seed of the flax plant), okra, and any other plant which feels gooey when chewed.
Silica-containing herbs such as horsetail and enzyme-containing fruit such as pineapple and papaya are also helpful for the problems under discussion.
Remember that calcium cannot be absorbed by the body without sufficient magnesium, the mineral which is leached out of the top soil by unnecessary watering which is rampant in North America. Chelated magnesium supplement is the most effective and it does not interfere with digestion as other forms of magnesium.
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