Symphytum officinale (common name Comfrey)

Zettl Homeopathy's Spotlight on Remedies Symphytum officinale

Remedy information

Symphytum officinale may be considered the orthopaedic specific of herbal medicine and it’s traditional name of ‘Bone-set’ gives its main use.

It has been used in homeopathic medicine for over two hundred years.


Facilitates union of fractured bones.


Fractures (give after the bone has been set), injuries to eyes, swelling without bruising (with bruising is Arnica), ‘pricking’ pains.

Symphytum officinale and Calcarea phosphorica remedy protocol for fractures (once bone is set)

For two weeks take:
One dose Symphytum officinale 6c AM
One dose Calcarea phosphorica 6C PM

What the experts say about Symphytum officinale

William Boericke, M.D. (1927):

  • The root contains a crystalline solid, that stimulates the growth of the epithelium on ulcerated surfaces
  • Of great use in wounds penetrating to perineum and bones, and in non-union fractures; irritable stump after amputation, irritable bone at point of fracture.

John Henry Clarke M.D. (1900):

  • Symphytum officinale may be consider the orthopaedic specific of herbal medicine
  • When the bone or periosteum and the soft have recovered from the bruised soreness under Arnica, the remaining pain and soreness of the periosteum may be promptly relieved by Symphytum officinale.

Constantine Hering (1879):

  • A native of Europe, where it grows on the banks of streams and meadows; also found in United States. The tincture is prepared from the fresh root
  • Peculiar pain: in periosteum, after wounds have healed
  • Inflammation of bones; diseased spinous processes.
  • Facilitates union of fractures bones and lessens peculair pricking pain; favors production of callous.

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