How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice

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How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice
Comfrey (comfrey plants image by Paula Gent from

Arthritis is a disorder that causes inflammation in the joints, the places where two bones meet within the body. Symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, redness, inflammation, tenderness and warmth. There are many kinds of arthritis, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Comfrey is an herb traditionally celebrated as an arthritis remedy. According to "Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies," it soothes and heals inflamed tissues while reducing the pain and swelling caused by arthritis.

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Things you need

  • Comfrey leaves
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Gauze bandage
  • Large spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Water
  • Safety pins
  • Cling film

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  1. 1

    Crush four or five fresh comfrey leaves with a mortar and pestle until fine.

    How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice
    Use a mortar and pestle to crush fresh comfrey leaves. (Wood mortar and pestle on a white background. image by Andy Dean from
  2. 2

    Spread the ground leaves on a gauze bandage using a large spoon. Add 3 to 5 teaspoons of water to the leaves to make a paste.

    How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice
    Gauze bandages (gauze image by Henryk Olszewski from
  3. 3

    Bind the bandage to the arthritis-afflicted area. Use a safety pin to secure it.

    How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice
    Safety pin (safety pin image by from
  4. 4

    Leave the bandage on overnight. Cover it with cling film, if desired, to prevent sheet staining.

  5. 5

    Take off the bandage in the morning. Repeat the procedure nightly for two weeks or until the pain is gone.

    How to treat arthritis with a comfrey poultice
    Comfrey plant (comfrey plants image by Paula Gent from

Tips and warnings

  • The leaves and roots of the comfrey plant can be used to make a wash, ointment, or poultice for the treatment of varicose veins, bruises, muscular pain, pulled tendons, bed sores, shingles and other conditions.
  • A pestle is a heavy bat-shaped stick. Its end is used for grinding and crushing substances. A mortar is a hard bowl, generally made of clay, wood, marble or stone. They are used together to prepare herbal remedies.
  • Comfrey is not generally recommended for internal use.

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