I began a heavy metals detoxification programme last Saturday, using ZEOLITE PURE and not letting up on DIATOMACEUS HEALTH which was presented in this series last Thursday. After a heavy carbonhydrate-rich breakfast which included Diatomaceous Health (food grade edible Earth) last Thursday, I checked my random blood sugar at Keysley Pharmacy at Agege, Lagos and wasn’t too surprised at the result… 91. The pharmacist, Tony Efojia, was excited because, unaided with such sugar burners as fenugreek, Cinnamon, kyolic Blood Sugar, bitter melon which I added to the diet from time to time, depending on which was readily available, my random tended to rocket to between 136 and 140. Once, I was alarmed by a reading of 160 something. These days, however, I hardly eat 120. Even Oluwayimika, as the young woman, Yeyinu (Treasure) Oluwayimika Peter who runs my tests like to be called, now ask in surprise: “Daddy, what are you taking? Well, Diatomaceous belongs to last Thursday, and Zeolite Pure may feature in the future as this series unfolds. It shouldn’t be wasted effort, in my view, if we remind ourselves that the New Year Resolution proposed by this column is the detoxification of heavy metals and micro-organisms from our bodies.! That reminder done, this series moves on today, starting with COMFREY ROOT which has featured in the natural medicines of Asia and Europe for hundreds of years.
It must be about the 1980’s that I first read about Comfrey in a book titled HERBAL FIRST AID. I have forgotten the name of its author, and I couldn’t find the book in my library last week. What excited me then about Comfrey was that it was a bone healer, for which one of its popular names was Bone Knit and that it made injuries to heal so fast that, if care was not taken, it could make a wound heal, not from inside out, but from outside to the inside. Can you guess what this implies? It suggests that bacteria and other germs may be trapped in the middle, which could cause the festering to continue downwards. But this is no big deal for the experienced herbalist who uses Comfrey for wound healing. Such a herbalist would add the powder of a herbal antibiotic and antiviral, say that of Golden Seal Root, to Comfrey root powder, and that does it!
Comfrey has been used in mediocre by Europeans and Asians, especially the Greeks and the Romans, for centuries. From the Greeks, it derived his original Greek name, Xymphyo, which means “ to make grow together” I remember this plant always whenever I meet some-one who has a bone challenge, especially a fracture, arthritis, sprain or rheumatism. I was knocked down in Ibadan by a taxi at the age of 16 and suffered a fractured right femur. In those days, there was no Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to support the healing process. The orthopaedic doctor may have given me Calcium lactate. But ACV was in my medicine chest about two years ago when a police motor cyclist, riding “one-way”, knocked me down somewhere in Lagos. After I left the hospital, treated for bruises and cuts and checked to rule out any case of internal bleeding, I went home for ACV and comfrey root powder, which I used for dressing. Mrs. Desola Seriki (nee Oshilaran), my personal assistant who dressed the injuries every day, was surprised at how fast they healed. Comfrey is also, an ulcer healer.
In his book, The Complete Illustrated Herbal, David Hoffman, B. Sc (Hons), MNIMH says: “Comfrey is a powerful healing agent in gastric and duodenal ulcers, hiatus hernia, ulcerative colitis. Its astringency will help hemorrhages whenever they occur. It has been used with benefits in cases of bronchitis, and irritable cough where it will soothe and reduce irritation while helping expectoration”.
Dr. Hoffman, who once worked in conservation and lectured in ecology for the University of Wales, studied for four years with the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, practices as a consultant medical herbalist, became Director of California’s School of herbal Studies, and President of the American Herbalist Guide, says:
“Comfrey may be used externally to speed wound – healing and guard against scar tissue developing incorrectly. It is excellent in chronic varicose ulcers”
We long for Mother Nature’s help in the distress of illness when all else would appear to be failing. That’s the help we may receive from the works of Dr. David Hoffman and other healers through Nature such as Dr. Jethro Kloss, author of Back To Eden, in which he says of Comfrey:
“Powerful remedy in coughs, catarrh, ulceration or inflammation of the lungs, consumption, hemorrhage and excessive expectoration in asthma and tuberculosis. Very valuable in ulceration or soreness of the kidneys, stomach or bowels. The best remedy for bloody urine”.
He says “Comfrey poultice would greatly relieve the swelling and relieve the pain” in bruises, swellings, sprains and fractures. He also prescribes the poultice for “rupture, sore breast, fresh wounds, ulcers, burns, bruises, gangrenous sores, insect bites and pimples.
As for the tea, Jethro Kloss says “it is useful for scrofula, anemia, dysentery, diarrhoea, leucorrhea and female debility”. He says it “also has excellent effects on internal sores and pain”
The Australian herbalist, Maria Treben, now of blessed memory, tells us in her Help Through God’s Pharmacy:
“The tincture, easily prepared, contains wonderful power. People who suffer from rheumatism and swelling of joints and have been treated with other remedies without success have found relief with Comfrey tincture. A woman could hardly use her right arm (the socket joint was almost unusable and the doctor had already diagnosed paralysis. Following my advice, she rubbed the tincture into the joint of the right arm daily. From day to day, she felt how her complaint eased. Today, she could use the arm normally and can look after her household”.
She adds that, used as a poultice overnight, Comfrey leaves scalded and used as a poultice over limbs, “paralysed by over exertion, dislocation, sprain or shock” help these condition overnight.
Maria Treben told the story of her husband’s aunt who was hit by a motorcycle which fractured her hip joint. A pin was inserted into the hip. She seemed to get well soon after and so, did not keep her appointment with the doctor to have the pin removed. She was later to develop excruciating pain. When the pin was removed, an underlying infection was discovered which was subdued, not eliminated, with injections. It was in this condition she once paid the Trebens a visit. Maria Treben gave her Comfrey tincture to apply on the painful hip. “The next day, the woman was able to sit and lie without pain”, said Maria Treben.
nobs on the joints of hands and feet are made to disappear with this poultice. I would like to add that Comfrey meal itself, applied as a poultice gives ease in paraplegia. Warm Politics are helpful in varicose ulcer, muscular rheumatism, gallstones, ulcer, neck pain, painful amputation stumps, and periostitis itself. A tea can be prepared from the root and used internally for bronchitis, disorders of digestive system, bleeding in the stomach and pleurisy. She recommends comfrey tincture for “external and internal wounds, all sorts of injuries, bruises, contusions, ecchymosis, and bone fractures”.
Adele Dalvsa, well regarded American herbalist, calls Comfrey “one herb pharmacy and wonder plant healing for any kinds” of respiratory disease. Despite these eulogies, comfrey has become one of the most controversial herbs in terms of safety. This is surprising because this herb has been used for hundreds of years in folk medicine in many countries without reported mishaps. The major source of present day controversy is linked to a 1970 study which associated liver damage in experimental rats to their comfrey intake. But many pro-comfrey researchers have also absolved comfrey of any blame for this occurrence. The researchers claimed that the rats were glossily overfed with comfrey, at three to four times their body weight, over a long period of time, to cause the damage. They say the human equivalent of such comfrey consumption would be, for example a woman consuming about three or four cups of comfrey tea everyday for about 140 years.
Because of this controversy, many herbalists now prescribe comfrey tea in dosages of one cup once or twice a day taken for only one week with one week break. Better still, it may be prescribed with an hepatic (liver protecting) herb or a liver clearance herb such as Carqueja. Many of such liver herbs abound in the Nigerian market. Some are Milk thistle, Dandelion, Wormwod, Chickweed, Vervain and Golden Seal root among many others. Among popular proprietary liver formulas are Nature’s Gift Liver formula, Health Liver Essential, Liver Balance. If you wonder how to make a comfrey compress, here’s Maria Treben for you: “well dried roots are finely ground, mixed quickly with very hot water and a few drops of cooking oil and spread on a piece of linen, applied warm on the affected area and bandaged”.
Comfrey root powder, that is the finely ground root, is available in Nigeria. One of the ways I suggest it may be used as a cream is this:
Under low heat, gently melt some shea butter in a sauce pan. Sprinkle some comfrey powder in the melted shea butter and stir to achieve a fine consistency. When it appears to have formed a pack, turn off the heat and remove the sauce pan from the stove. Let the paste coll and soup with a spoon with a spoon into a container. This is shea butter/ comfrey root cream. It may be applied on and massaged into inflamed skin, arthritic or themantic joints, painful bones, sprained or aching joints, skin eczema, pimples, boils wounds, fracture sites.
To make comfrey wine, Maria Treben says: “Two to five roots are finely chopped and macerated in one litre of white wine for five to six weeks. An excellent remedy for pulmonary complaints.
I am breaking off now from comfrey root for my second dose today of ZEOLITE PURE powder drink which, as I said earlier, is meant to help in detoxify heavy metals in fulfilment of my New Year Resolution shared in this column. Zeolite Pure is believed to bind to toxins and heavy metals and creates an alkaline pH which prevents the growth of foreign cells in the body. Zeolite contains natural volcanic minerals. They are formed when volcanoes erupt. This eruption is followed by molten lava and ash flowing from the bowels of the earth into the sea. The volcanic ash and the salt in the sea water, forming zeolite. The zeolite is stored in the hardened lava for thousands of years. Zeolite minerals offer man one of the rarest negatively charged minerals which work like magnets attracting toxins to themselves, and dragging them out of the body. One of the biggest uses of Zeolite in our time was by the government of the United Soviet and Socialist Republics (USSR), now extinct, after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor leak disaster, to extract radioactive poisons from the bodies of affected humans. Before then, zeolite has been used. There is so much to say about zeolite, which have to defer till another day.