Can I Use Comfrey for Rotator Cuff Pain?

Q:
Can I use comfrey for rotator cuff pain?

A:
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that act to stabilize the shoulder. Rotator cuff injury can cause a dull pain in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side. And the risk of rotator cuff injury may increase with age.

The symptoms of rotator cuff include arm weakness, a dull ache deep in the shoulder, and sleep problems. Some home treatments can help to relieve its symptoms.

Comfrey is one of the home remedies for rotator cuff pain relief. It is used to treat many diseases including neck pain, painful swelling, rheumatism and rotator cuff pain.

A few small scale studies have shown alkaloid-free comfrey, when topically applied, works in ankle sprains, osteoarthritic knee conditions, and back pain/myalgia. The effect is anti-inflammation, and wound healing.

It’s also important to know that comfrey is generally considered unsafe, with numerous toxicological effects in animals and humans. Oral use of comfrey is not supported because of potential hepatotoxicity. Additionally, because externally applied alkaloids are well absorbed and detected in the urine, topical use of comfrey should not exceed an alkaloid exposure of 100 mcg/day.

Besides, there are some other home remedies for rotator cuff pain.

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Sweet marjoram
  • Vetiver

 

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