symphytum officinale

Symphytum officinale is a very good homoeopathic remedy which is mainly considered as an Orthopaedic specific.

This medicine is prepared from the Tincture of fresh root-stock which is collected before flowering and in autumn.

SYNONYM

Symphytum officinale, Comfrey

COMMON NAME

Comfrey

FAMILY

Boraginaceae

  • Fractured bones
  • Tendon and bone injuries
  • Cancer of bones
  • Non-union of bones
  • Backache
  • Mechanical eye injury
  • Psoas muscle abscess
  • Soreness of breasts

CAUSATION/ AILMENTS FROM

Fractures, injuries to bone eyes or periosteum, falls, blows, sexual excess etc.

MEDICINAL USES OF SYMPHYTUM

  • This homoeopathic remedy facilitates union of fractured bones (like Calcarea Phosphorica) as it favours the callus formation.
  • It helps to relieve the peculiar pricking pain in fractured bones.
  • It reduces irritability at the point of fracture.
  • Symphytum is very good at relieving the periosteal pain in wounds which are already healed.

HOW DOES SYMPHYTUM WORK?

  • Works as an Astringent that can shrink or constrict body tissues.
  • It has got Mucilaginous/ Glutinous quality (gluey or sticky) which can help in healing of wounds.

WHAT TYPE OF WOUNDS CAN BE TREATED WITH SYMPHYTUM?

  • Fracture of bones.
  • Blunt eye injuries or blows over eye globe.
  • Irritable previously healed wounds.
  • Gunshot wound
  • Comminuted fractures (Breaking of bones into several small pieces).

INDICATIONS OF SYMPHYTUM

BONES

  • Penetrating wounds to perineum and bones.
  • Non-union of fractured bones.
  • Irritating stump (clump) in Amputed parts.
  • Irritability of bones at the point of fracture.
  • Pricking pain and feeling of soreness at periosteal membrane.

Stump in Amputation

After an Amputation of limbs, A bit which is left beyond a healthy joint is known as a residual limb or a stump.

EYES

  • Pain in eye due to mechanical injuries.
  • Blunt eye injury (contusion).
  • Eye injury may be due to fall on a blunt/obtuse surface.
  • Examples: Injury from a cane, snowball, point of umbrella or when an infant thrust its fists into the eyes of mother or may be due to a blow of a cork form a soda water bottle.
  • No remedy equals to Symphytum for traumatic injuries of eyes.

HEAD AND FACE

  • Occipital headache.
  • Pain in forehead, on top of head, may come down to the bone of nose (pain in head changing its location).
  • Inflammatory condition of maxillary bone.

RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES

  • Follows well to Arnica Montana for pricking pains in healed soft parts which were previously bruised.
  • Can be compared with Arnica and Calc Phos in cases of fractures bones.
symphytum officinalis

Mother tincture (Q) is mostly prescribed form of Symphytum by many of the homoeopathic practitioners.

  • Take a half cup (50ml) of drinking water.
  • Normal drinking water with no need to warm it up.
  • Add 10 drops of Symphytum mother tincture in water and mix it gently.
  • Dose should be taken with empty stomach.
  • Repeat the dose twice a day until your pain/complain gets cured (or consult your physician for proper diagnosis and prescription).

Mother tincture (Q) of Symphytum is also used as an external application for dressing of sores, ulcers and pruritus ani.

Symphytum 30C, once a day orally, prompt healing of bone injuries can happen.

CLINICAL TIPS

  • In cases of bone or periosteal injuries first take Arnica Montana so, bruised soreness of soft parts gets recovered then after use Symphytum for remaining soreness and pain of periosteum.
  • If traumatic injuries of bone or periosteum does not get relieved with the help of Arnica, Symphytum is the best suitable sufficient remedy to treat such cases.
  • Symphytum is well indicated in cases such as fractures or injuries from car accidents, falls from a height or injuries with tissue loss (Example: Fragments from explosive devices on the battlefield).