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    Will comfrey oil implode my liver?

    Basically i order comfrey oil off the net to use on my shins as well as a few sprains I've accumulated through training. Now, looking on the net, there's all sorts of nasty things associated with it.

    Now I know taking it orally is bad news, but can the oil cause these problems too?

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    As far as I understand, there are only problems when you ingest it. Something to do with alkaloids.

    Despite this, there are apparently people who eat it daily and have no ill effects. Or so they claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    As far as I understand, there are only problems when you ingest it. Something to do with alkaloids.

    Despite this, there are apparently people who eat it daily and have no ill effects. Or so they claim.
    Thanks! That's what I was hoping to hear!!

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    Never heard of the stuff before this thread, but a quick search found this:

    Never take comfrey by mouth. Severe liver poisoning and even death may occur.
    When using herb and leaf ointments, creams, and other topical preparations, it's important to follow these safety recommendations:
    Never apply comfrey to broken skin.
    Use only small amounts of comfrey-containing creams for no longer than 10 days at a time.
    Do not use any comfrey product for more than 4 - 6 total weeks in a year.
    http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/comfrey-000234.htm
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    One of the side effects is that you might turn into this bloke.


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    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    One of the side effects is that you might turn into this bloke.

    Never trust anyone who uses the word "healing" more than once a minute.
    The fool thinks himself immortal,
    If he hold back from battle;
    But old age will grant him no truce,
    Even if spears spare him.

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