Brought to you
Symphytum as a
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
1) Injuries to bones, cartilage, tendons and
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
2) Injuries to
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.
Like Arnica the remedy can
help with bruises to the tendons and bones.
Like Ruta the remedy helps
with sprains, and injuries from overlifting or straining of muscles,
bones and tendons.
Symphytum should be thought of for
fractures due to osteoporosis.
Symphytum can help with
diseasing inflammation of the bone particularly inflammation of
the inferior maxillary bone as well as bone cancer/
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.
abscess and abscesses of the lower limbs.
7) Twisted or
unusual symptom is weakness, and prostration from sexual
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.
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
- 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
I have seen this protocol work well to
heal the fractured bones of many clients over the years.
Fractures & Osteoperosis
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
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.
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