Kia ora Lynny,
Regular user here ! Love your products and I think I have a tub of almost all of them now ?
Today, I was reading about the side effects of comfrey root tho and got a bit worried as we use the strong pain and root pro almost daily … I tried looking for product info about how much is in your products, so can you pls give me peace of mind that it’s not harmful amounts to be using on a daily basis! I know that most of the warnings about comfrey is about ingesting it internally, but theres also stuff about being careful on open skin and large amounts in ointment/creams too – i cant see any warnings or side effects or your website, so I wanted to be sure. Thanks.
PRO Spray is developed to be used on just for the very worst pain, as a last resort, to give yourself a break from flair-up pain a few days to 2 weeks and then give yourself a break. Thats why its in a small bottle.
I wouldn’t suggest anything be used in very large quantities, large quantities being relative of course. i.e. What I consider as being a large quantity and what you consider as being a large quantity maybe very different.
To give you an idea, I used Root PRO for a week, everytime the pain showed itself, now I use a 2 or 3 sprays once or twice a week, if I’m doing something that causes extra pain, and now I just use it for sciatic pain maybe once or twice a month.
Otherwise I use the balm if I find I need to, but magnesium oil usually does the trick.
If you are saying the pain balm never dulls your general everyday pain, I’m suggest using more magnesium oil, rather than root pro continually.
You also need to keep looking for reasons in your life your pain is as bad as it is.
You make a good point though, I will write about Root PRO’s use for the website and for this page.
As for what written elsewhere online about using comfrey for anything and it certain chemicals in comfrey causing liver damage could have some substance, but then again, it might not.
The problem with people drinking comfrey tea or ingesting comfrey as a vegetable and the
co-Relation with them developing serious liver conditions I believe was done on a study done in the 60’s when hippy’s were ingesting comfrey freely. It was also an era of free love and sexual promiscuity which resulted the spread of Hepatitis B & C so rampently.
What is Hepatitis? Inflammation of the liver…
What happens if Hepatitis left untreated? If left untreated, it can sometimes cause serious and potentially life-threatening damage to the liver over many years.
Hmmm very similar to symptoms and outcome of oral comfrey ingestion. Interesting.
I haven’t seen this particular study, and just how comprehensive it was, how many people were in the study, although references to this study seem to be used in articles to prove the writer’s point. Perhaps you could find the study and read it and send the link to me.
My point is, studies are often done with an intended outcome, and are later proved wrong. Hippies where doing a heck of a lot of other things apart from drinking a lot of comfrey tea, was that studied as well, and there maybe some chemical incomfrey, that when mixed with some other chemical from something else, seems to cause cell mutations. But unless those two random chemicals are actually studied extensively when mixed, it would be very easy to have a finding of Comfrey tea drinking causes liver damage.
I also believe that many serious medical conditions started showing up in the 60’s and early 70’s when sunscreens had been in common use, a time vitamin D deficiency also became much more common. perhaps there is a link there that was never researched. The possible links to there chemicals be endless and to large of a study would be needed, to conclusively say study’s have proved comfrey cases that health condition.
Comfrey leaf has been used as a tea, vegetable and compresses for many centuries, and the comfrey saga is generally believed among the herbal community to be little more than scaremongering by big business with an interest in people using prescription medicines rather than natural remedies.