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Comfrey root ointment is an effective pain relief treatment for osteoarthritis and much more

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According to multiple studies, pain relief treatment for osteoarthritis sufferers has been proven to be in nature, with the usage of comfrey root ointment. But, comfrey root ointment has other uses, as many other studies confirm that its ointment can relieve the pain in other conditions.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder in the United States, prevalent in adults over 60 years of age. But, anyone can develop OA due to physical activities, genetic or dietary factors, injury or surgery. So, with Comfrey root ointment proven as an effective pain relief treatment for osteoarthritis, there is new hope for such debilitating and painful condition.

What are some recent studies on Comfrey root ointment as a pain relief treatment for osteoarthritis?

Comfrey root ointment effects on pain relief were tested in a clinical trial, in which 220 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, had 6 grams of comfrey root ointment applied locally, for a period of 3 weeks. The results suggest that the ointment is well suited for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee. Pain is reduced, mobility of the knee improved and quality of life increased.

In another randomized study, 43 subjects diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, received a 10% or 20% comfrey root extract concoction and applied the cream three times a day for 6 weeks, being evaluated every 2 weeks during the treatment. Both active topical comfrey formulations were effective in relieving pain, stiffness and in improving physical functioning and were superior to placebo, without any serious adverse reactions.

What else does science says about Comfrey root ointment as a pain relief treatment for other conditions?

Upper or lower back pain

The safety and superiority of Comfrey root ointment in pain relief was confirmed in yet another clinical trial, in which patients with acute upper or lower back pain, were massaged for 5 days with 4 g of comfrey root ointment. In the course of the trial, it was observed that the pain intensity on active standardized movement decreased on average (median) approximately 95.2% in the comfrey group and 37.8% in the placebo group.

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Unilateral acute ankle sprains

Another study demonstrated Comfrey root ointment efficacy in reducing pain. The ointment was used for 8 days topically in 142 subjects, who were suffering from unilateral acute ankle sprains. Compared to placebo, the treatment with Comfrey root ointment was clearly superior regarding the reduction of pain and ankle edema.

Comfrey root ointment has been proven to be a valuable and rational therapeutic option for patients suffering from muscles and joint pain as far as research goes. It has been used since the middle – ages, and perhaps its healing activities granted this plant its ancient nickname “knitbone”. As all natural remedies it is important to seek guidance of a naturopath or other medical professional to find out about any possible interactions.

Scientific research has also found other ways to relieve Osteoarthritic joint pain, such as:

Daily walking - There has been reports that walking an additional 1,000 steps daily improves functional limitations

Losing weight helps: According to the CDC, obesity is associated with onset of knee osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis), disease progression, disability, total knee joint replacement, and poor clinical outcomes after knee joint replacement, and likely has a critical role in the increasing impact of arthritis on disability, health-related quality of life, and health-care costs

Fat cell injection treatment - This new treatment approach, which is still under investigation, involves harvesting fat from a patient for his or her own stem cells. The cells can be obtained using standard liposuction, and are are isolated from the loose connective tissue taken
during a patient’s liposuction, and then prepared for injection into the individual’s affected joints.

Cannabis: A research carried out at the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre at The University of Nottingham found synthetic cannabis type drugs quell inflammation associated with the pain of osteoarthritis