Back hurt? Meet one of nature's most effective pain relievers
If you’ve got an achy back, try using this natural plant before reaching for the painkillers.
Comfrey, also known as knitbone, is an incredible natural herbal medicine that is known for its fast-acting relief for joint and muscle pain.
As far back as 400 BC, the Greeks and Romans used this herb to help speed up the healing of wounds and skin bruises.
This stuff is so powerful that there are folktales about its ability to mend bones (hence the name “knitbone”).
In fact, one study found that medical practitioners in the UK prescribed comfrey in 15% of all consultations concerning muscle, tendon, and ligament problems, as well as bone fractures and wounds.1
It seems like the U.S. is just now finally catching on to its astounding benefits.
When it comes to back pain, comfrey is unbeatable.
Not one but two double-blind, randomized control trials showed that applying comfrey gel to the lower back provides fast-acting pain relief.2
Today, over 31 million Americans are struggling with lower back pain, and they may be missing out on a better quality of life without this herb.
And that’s not all...
Comfrey is clinically proven to relieve joints and muscles of inflammation, swelling, and pain in cases of sprains, strains, contusions, acute myalgia of the back, and degenerative arthritis.
There doesn’t seem to be a type of muscle or joint pain this herb can't benefit.
Studies suggest that when applied topically, comfrey may be an alternative to traditional arthritis medications.
And keep in mind that many of these traditional arthritis medications are known to cause serious side effects.
We’re talking stomach ulcers, heartburn, bone loss, and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.
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But what is it about this herb that offers such unbelievable benefits?
As it turns out, comfrey contains two special substances called allantoin and rosmarinic acid.
Allantoin acts as a powerful anti-irritant for the skin, which relieves pain and even promotes cell regeneration and wound healing — that’s why many use it to accelerate the healing of burns and closed skin wounds.
Rosmarinic acid works on the same anti-inflammatory pathways as aspirin, which is how it’s able to relieve skin, joint, and muscle pain naturally.
But there is a catch...
Though this herb is considered safe to use topically, it can be toxic when ingested.
Comfrey contains harmful liver toxins called pyrrolizidine alkaloids. This toxin is not good news; in excess, it can lead to liver cirrhosis or liver failure.
For this reason, it’s essential only to use comfrey on the skin.
To stay on the safe side, don’t use it on open wounds or for more than 10 days in a row, since the skin can absorb small amounts of these toxic pyrrolizidine alkaloids.
It’s also important to note that pregnant women and people with liver disease should avoid using this herb altogether.
Of course, healthy adults shouldn’t let this deter them from using this natural herb for its powerful fast-acting pain relief.
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ