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Actions: expectorant, demulcent, astringent, emollient, tonic, pectoral Indications: comfrey is a famous herb with extremely important uses medicinally. A gentle expectorant as well as a soothing herb, it is used successfully in cases of bronchitis and irritable cough. Perhaps its most popular use is as a powerful healing agent in gastric and duodenal ulcers, including hiatus hernia and ulcerative colitus. It helps to stop internal bleeding due to its astringency. It also has a long historical use in the treatment of wounds, and in fact will cause cells to proliferate quickly. In fact, care must be taken in cases of broken skin or deep wounds, that tissue is not formed over infection, which can lead to abscesses. Preparation and dosage: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonsful of the leaf or root into 1 cup boiling water. Simmer 10 minutes. Drink 1-2 x daily. Tincture: take 1/2 teaspoon, 2 x daily. Caution: comfrey, along with coltsfoot, contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, chemicals that can cause liver toxicity if taken in huge amounts. Some herbalists recommend against using these herbs. Although we disagree, you should make your own mind up about these controversial herbs. One bit of data that you might be interested in is a study done by noted biochemist Bruce Ames, PhD of the University of California at Berkeley. His data states that a cup of comfrey leaf tea is less carcinogenic than an equal amount of beer.