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Symphytum: A Homeopathic Remedy

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Symphytum is a homeopathic remedy used primarily for eye injuries and to heal broken bones. It is a must have in your homeopathic first aid kit.

Symphytum is the homeopathic remedy name for the herb Comfrey and is part of the Boraginaceae family. It is also known as bone knit; gum plant; bone set; bruisewort; blackwort and healing plant.

It is common to most of Europe, the US and Western Asia and prefers damp/wet locations, and it has been known to grow as tall as four feet! Comfrey (which was given its name from the Latin con firma, meaning ‘to form’ or ‘to unite’) was named Symphytum from the Greek Sympho, which also means ‘to unite’ and this is what it is best known for.

This particular remedy has not had many provings and so we know little of its full healing extent but it is known that Comfrey contains allatoin, which encourages cells to heal faster.

Below are the two main health issues Symphytum can aid but they are specific, so a description of both symptoms are therefore included. If, for example, you have a broken one where it is not too painful or sticking feeling, then Symphytum may not be necessary in that case and it would be advised to look to another remedy.

Broken bones

Where the bones are painful and sticking after breaking or fracturing. This remedy is renowned for speeding healing and easing the pain of cracked/fractured or broken bones.

Eye injuries

Where the pain is in the eyeball and it feels sore and/or bruised. In this case the cause is most often a blow to the eyeball.

Symphytum is an excellent remedy for the eyeball itself but also for the bones around the eyeball. It is best administered when pain continues after Arnica has been taken and the swelling has gone down. For an eye injury, this is the main remedy.

As with all homeopathic remedies, it is a good idea to confer with a professional homeopath who can take any conventional medications into account but Symphytum is generally very good for any bone damage or direct eyeball/socket injury.

In homeopathy the physical and the emotional state/mentality of the patient is considered. Some remedies may suit a symptom but not a person’s character. There are a few exceptions to this rule – arnica, calendula, hypericum and symphytum being a few examples.

Symphytum is an exceptional remedy for your homeopathic first aid kit, even though it has a limited range. Although this remedy is not harmful, it is always wise to consult a professional homeopath when requiring new remedies.

If you are interested in homeopathy, why not read my other articles on this fascinating subject?

Source: The Complete Homeopathy Handbook by Miranda Castro

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