Info: 50 g (1.76 oz) Tube
The comfrey or "knitbone" plant has a long history of being used in poultices to help speed the healing or at least quell the pain in (superficial) burns, bruises, sprains, swelling, arthritis, gout, and, yes, even broken bones. Comfrey contains compounds like allantoin, rosmarinic acid, and tannins which may help reduce inflammation and regenerate damaged tissue.
Randomized, double-blind clinical studies have shown comfrey's efficacy in temporarily relieving the aches and pains of muscles and ligaments caused by strains and sprains, especially in the ankle and lower back.
This non-staining cream from Terry Naturally is safe even for children from ages 4 and up (although it should not be used on deep cuts or bites, and should only be used as directed).
Comfrey is a family of fast-growing perennial plants which have been used as a medicinal herb for many purposes in a variety of medical traditions for centuries -- millennia, even. However, it is now largely confined to only external/topical use, since it was discovered to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) which can be quite harmful to the liver. The type used in this ointment is made from Russian Comfrey, which is much lower in PAs, and the type specifically grown for this product is reportedly free of them altogether, particularly since it only uses the freshly harvested above-ground parts of the plant -- not its roots, where the PAs are more concentrated.
10% Symphytum x uplandicum NYMAN (Blue Comfrey) 2-3:1 leaf stem, and flower extract, 20-30 mg equivalent. Naturally containing Choline, Rosmarinic Acid and Allantoin.
Non-medicinal ingredients: Purified Water, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Stearate, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Glycol Salicylate, Dimethicone, Sorbic Acid, Rosemary (Rosimarinus officinalis) Leaf Oil, all-rac-alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid.
Cultivated without chemicals; Paraben Free.
Apply liberally several times daily, or as often as desired. Safe for adults and children over 4 years of age. Store in a cool, dry place at room temperature (15 - 30C).
Keep out of reach of children. For external use only; if accidental ingestion occurs, call a Poison Control Center immediately. Avoid contact with eyes and mucus membranes. Do not apply with external heat. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use. Hypersensitivity may occur; in which case, discontinue use. For children (3-12 years) application should be supervised by an adult. Not intended for use on deep or puncture wounds, animal bites or serious burns. If symptoms persist and/or worsen after 7 days or re-occur within a few days, discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner.
Health Canada Natural Product Number: 80056172.
Barna M, Kucera A, Hladíkova M, Kucera M. "Randomized double-blind study: wound-healing effects of a Symphytum herb extract cream (Symphytum×uplandicum Nyman) in children." Arzneimittelforschung. 2012 Jun;62(6):285-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1308981.
Barna M, Kucera A, Hladícova M, Kucera M. [Wound healing effects of a Symphytum herb extract cream (Symphytum x uplandicum NYMAN: ): results of a randomized, controlled double-blind study]. Wien Med Wochenschr. 2007;157(21-22):569-74. German. PMID: 18157595