HERB - Re: Herbal Cold & Flu Care

Carl/Anne Adamczyk ladygrania at juno.com
Thu Jan 28 16:15:15 PST 1999

In reply to the following, from Francis Brinker, N.D, as stated in "Herb
Contraindications and Drug Interactions" -



1) Internal Use due to its hepatotoxic effects and carcinogenic activity
of its pyrrolizidin alkaloids.
2) on broken skin to avoid excessive percutaneous absorption of toxic

In plain English, Comfrey is known to cause liver damage and its
chemicals are known to cause cancer when used either internally as in a
tea or externally on the skin through absorption.  Sounds like reason
enough to avoid comfrey.


On Thu, 28 Jan 1999 09:38:13 -0500 "Gaylin Walli" <gwalli at infoengine.com>
>Julie wrote:
>>I drink an immune tea, which is a mixture of:Echinacea,Nettles,
>>Coltsfoot, Comfrey, Red Clover, Alfalfa, Peppermint, and Stevia.  I
>>drink it daily and have noticed that I am not sick this year as I was
>>last year.  This could also be to the possiblity that there are fewer
>>germs or viruses this year, I don't know.
>You should seriously consider altering your formula, m'lady.
>Daily consumption of Comrey is not safe according to the
>current scientific research on the plant. I have not the
>information with me at this time, but I would be happy to
>bring in the research information that will tell you exactly
>why internal daily consumption of Comfrey should be stopped.
>If someone else has the information handy, please do post it.
>I'm thinking in particular of an article printed in either
>the Herb Companion or Herbs for Health that described some of
>the most recent studies on the plant. It may have been more
>than a year ago (even 2 or 3) that I read the article, but
>in that time I've read nothing that contradicts the findings
>in the scientific community.
>On another note, where did you find your Stevia? I've looked in
>the local stores (health food) and have not been able to find
>more than small packets of it. Granted, you need only a little
>to sweeten a LOT of substance, but I'd like something larger
>than a sugar packet if I'm going to pay that kind of money for
>Iasmin Isabella Maria Magdelena de Cordoba, Midrealm
>jasmine at infoengine.com or gwalli at infoengine.com
>Go to http://lists.ansteorra.org/lists.html to perform mailing list 

You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail.
Get completely free e-mail from Juno at http://www.juno.com/getjuno.html
or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]
Go to http://lists.ansteorra.org/lists.html to perform mailing list tasks.

More information about the Herbalist mailing list