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Symphytum

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Author
Deborah Olenev
Symphytum as a
First Aid Remedy

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Dr Vikas Sharma
Author
Dr Vikas Sharma
Symphytum
Fractures & Osteoperosis

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Brought to you by:
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Author
Deborah Olenev
Symphytum as a
First Aid Remedy

Background
Symphytum officinale is also knows as comphrey, knitbone and bone-set in herbal medicine. The latter names precisely describe its sphere of genius, the mending of broken bones, and the treatment of bone diseases, ranging from inflammation of the bones, or osteitis to cancers of the bones or sarcomas. Whenever I see someone sporting a cast, I run over to them to let them know about the healing power of Symphytum. People have told me how impressed they were with the speed at which they recovered from their broken bones with this medicine.

First Aid Situations
1) Injuries to bones, cartilage, tendons and periosteum.
Symphytum helps with the non-union of fractures, with mending bones that are slow to heal, and where the wound has penetrated into the bones. It helps with pain remaining in the periosteum or lining of the bones after the wound has healed.

2) Injuries to the eyes.
Symphytum helps with mechanical injuries to the eyes, such as blows from blunt objects. Examine Arnica and Ruta for this kind of injury as well. Think of Symphytum for injuries to the orbits of the eye.

3) Blows/ Falls/ Bruises
Like Arnica the remedy can help with bruises to the tendons and bones.

4) Sprains
Like Ruta the remedy helps with sprains, and injuries from overlifting or straining of muscles, bones and tendons.

5) Osteoporosis
Symphytum should be thought of for fractures due to osteoporosis.

6) Bone Inflammation 
Symphytum can help with diseasing inflammation of the bone particularly inflammation of the inferior maxillary bone as well as bone cancer/ sarcoma/ necrosis.  

First Aid Conditions
1)  
Corns

2)  Gunshot wounds

3)  Head injuries, concussions, fractures of the skull, splintered bones.

4)  Perineum wounds

5) Phantom limb pain after amputation of limbs and fingers.

f)     Psoas abscess and abscesses of the lower limbs.

6)     Tennis elbow

7)     Twisted or sprained ankles.

8)      A unusual symptom is weakness, and prostration from sexual excess.

Sensations
Here is a list of some of the sensations common to Symphytum: pain as if the bone is broken; gnawing, jerking, pricking, sticking, digging, burning, stitching, and bruised pains.

Prescribing
1)  The best way to remember this remedy is to keep in mind the great affinity that it has with bones and the diseases of bones.

  • When bones are injured the patient will most often be wearing a cast, so I would give a  potentized dose of Symphytum in this instance.

2)  When someone has fractured a bone, I would consider giving the following three remedies in succession:

  • First Arnica 30C or 200C for the trauma, shock and bruising, and to prevent excessive blood loss from the injury.
  • After several days (or even sooner, if the patient is in a lot of discomfort) follow with Ruta graveolens in the 30C or 200C strength.
  • Finallt I would give Symphytum last so that it will have the longest time to work on the injury and mend the fracture. I would administer this in the 30C or 200C strength.

I have seen this protocol work well to heal the fractured bones of many clients over the years.

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Dr Vikas Sharma
Author
Dr Vikas Sharma
Symphytum
Fractures & Osteoperosis

Background
As the gap between the various medical systems narrows down, the term alternative medicine is slowly dying a well deserved death. It is being replaced by a more holistic term integrated medicine where the best of all the system integrate to serve the humanity at its best.Slowly a lot many medicines from different disciplines are being accepted into the mainstream medicine because of their high efficacy in treating a particular illness. One such medicine from the homoeopathic system of medicine is Symphytum Officinale. Its extreme effectiveness in treating osteoporosis and healing fractures is what puts it into this category.

What is Symphytum?
Symphytum is a homoeopathic medicine made from root and leaves of the plant called Comfrey or Symphytum Officinale and is usually used homeopathically in a highly diluted form. The impressive wound-healing properties of Symphytum are due to the presence of allantoin. Allantoin is known to stimulate cell proliferation and so augments wound-healing both inside and out. Allantoin is known to stimulate osteoblasts, the bone building cells.

Osteoporosis and Symphytum
Osteoporosis literally means porous bones. It is a slow, progressive disease characterized by a gradual loss of calcium from bones until they become very porous and weak. Normally, bones are composed of a shell of compact or solid bone surrounding connecting plates and rods of bone (spongy bone) within which lie the bone marrow.

Two types of cell regulate the growth of bone: osteoclasts and osteoblasts. The osteoclasts function to dissolve older bone and leave tiny unfilled spaces behind. The osteoblasts then move into these spaces and produce new bone. After menopause or after middle age when the level of hormones go down ,the new bone forming cells also cease to function normally. Thus in osteoporosis, the amount of both compact and spongy bone is reduced. Thinning of the outer layer of compact bone greatly reduces its strength and increases the likelihood of fracture. Symphytum is of great help in osteoporosis as it increases the activity of osteoblasts which are new bone forming cells. Thus helps in recovering from osteoporosis in the most natural way. It can also be of great help in fractures resulting due to osteoporosis. Other Homoeo-medicines such as Calcarea Carb, Calcarea phos are also of great help in treating osteoporosis by assimilating the various nutrients in the body.

Fractures and Symphytum
When a bone fractures, osteoblasts need to go into an overdrive around the fracture site, to lay down more collagen fibers and minerals on top to strengthen them. Symphytum acts as a catalyst in this situation. It increases the activity of new bone forming cells (osteoblasts) in the area of fracture. Symphytum is to be used only once the broken bone has been brought to its original position. Symphytum is indicated in cases where the healing of fracture is delayed e.g. in old people, osteoporosis etc .It is also recommended for pain in old fractures.

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Symphytum officinalis (flower)
Symphytum officinale
(flower)
Symphytum officinale (root)
Symphytum officinale
(root) 

Kingdom: Plant
Latin Name: Symphytum officinale
Common Name: Comfrey 
Homeopahtic: Symphytum  

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