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The Healing Powers of Comfrey

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: Comfrey is one of the most controversial natural herbs, primarily because of its strong healing powers and potentially harmful compounds if misused.
Air Date: 5/28/14
Duration: 10
Host: Holly Lucille, ND, RN
Guest Bio: Cheryl Myers, RN
Cheryl company photo Aug 2013Cheryl Myers, whose first degree is in nursing, also has clinical certifications in oncology and gerontology.

She has been working directly with dietary supplements for over 12 years, and is currently the head of scientific affairs and education for EuroPharma.

In this role, Cheryl oversees technical literature development, product research validation, educational outreach and acts as a liaison with thought leaders in integrative health.

A natural medicine practitioner, Cheryl is a recognized expert in integrative health and dietary supplement use. She has lectured throughout the United States and has been a featured guest on more than 250 radio and television shows.

She is well known as an advocate of bridging the worlds of mainstream and natural medicine to achieve health outcomes neither can create alone. She appreciates the opportunity to share her insights on natural health with you.
The Healing Powers of Comfrey
Comfrey is a Eurasian plant that comes from the borage family, and has purple and white bell-shaped flowers. It has been used as a natural herb remedy in Chinese traditional medicine for over 200 years because of its amazing healing powers.

Comfrey can be taken orally or used topically and is mostly used as a natural anti-inflammatory skin treatment to treat bruises, wounds and rashes. It has also been known to treat pulled muscles, broken bones, sprains, strains and osteoarthritis.

However, there are some issues surrounding comfrey. Even though this herb has strong healing powers, it contains some potent compounds known as PA that are hard on your liver if taken orally.

What are some ways doctors and researchers are trying to design a comfrey product for its healing powers but also so it's not as harmful to your body?

Cheryl Meyers, RN, joins Dr. Holly to share the healing powers of comfrey, what comfrey is used for and where you can find this natural aid.