The FDA warnings concerning the therapeutic use of comfrey in 2001 noted that the scientific evidence of comfrey toxicity in humans is generally lacking and sought reporting of any future adverse events.
8 Jan 2013
I have just joined this silly game. I have seen the effects (external use) of Comfrey. Why the drama? What is the actual evidence, not a government edict?
I am from Australia, and we have the same legislative problem. But there appears that LITTLE/NOTHING CONCRETE is known about Comfrey medicinal effects; FEAR RULES, and NO APPROPRIATE RESEARCH IS HAPPENING: hence negative legislation (OK better to be safe than sorry).
What is happening in the US in this sphere?
I ask because Comfrey has provided some great skin cures for me. However, some sites (some from this source) tell me I am in danger. Can it be verified with actual case histories?
I am not a "health professional". I am a professional scientist (physicist) and was a professor in Australia and Scandinavia for 15 years. Now, I am a senior government scientist in Australia. The whole negative Comfrey thing seems to lack scientific credibility: it is an edict not a scientifically supported case (as presented on this website and elsewhere). Please can someone give me scientific evidence, not just passed legislated regulation or advice (and why)?
Comfrey worked for and I am not dead. I took internally several times to test reaction (someone has to be courageous to do it). I am not dead or having liver/kidney failure. I will not continue with ingestion of Comfrey until proper medical tests are carried out. I will continue to use this herb for external treatment, as it is most exceptional in providing rapid and effective results.
Best Regards to All
Dr Mike Middleton
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