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  • Comfrey for torn ligaments

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    10-19-2013, 03:17 PM
  #21
Showing
Geeze frank, why would ANYONE take that stuff or peddle it as a miracle cure? Severe liver damage?! Yeah, no thanks. I think dying from renal failure is probably a side effect most intelligent people would want to avoid.
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    10-20-2013, 11:33 AM
  #22
Weanling
One thing is for sure, do your own research. But something that isn't said in that little article, but can be gleamed from it. Those "studies" are isolating a single compound from the entire plant. And when they used that isolated compound in large quantities it caused negative effects. I'm sure that if someone wanted to look for specific things to isolate in any plant they could find something toxic when taken in massive quantities. Even an organic carrot has compounds that can be isolated and used as rat poison. There's a reason the pharmaceutical sponsored research centers decided to look at this plant in particular. It works, and it interferes with what they're doing.

I could also get on the net and dig up articles on people who used comfrey safely while working with their doctors who were astounded at the rapid rate that they recovered from torn ligaments. So there's definitely two sides of the coin. But one side of the coin has nothing to gain. So again, do your own research....it's worth it.
     
    10-20-2013, 06:08 PM
  #23
Foal
Hey all,

Franknbeans, thank you for the negative side of the picture. I'd rather be aware of the negative than just focused on an inflated positive! I will start my research on comfrey tonight after dinner. Hopefully I'll be able to find some awesome resources!

In regards to stairs, Oh My God I have seen such a huge improvement in such a short time! Walking up the stairs (not necessarily down them) feels so good on my knees, and I've started doing some sit-ups to work on my core strength, push-ups for upper body strength and am now looking for easy exercises for buns and thighs other than the stairs.
     
    10-20-2013, 09:09 PM
  #24
Weanling
Have you tried planks for core and overall whole body strength? If you can handle pushups then you could probably handle planks. Also for the rear and thighs you could look into kettlebell swings.?.? I don't know how it would feel to you, but I recall reading of kb swings being used when people had weak knees. You don't need to rush out to buy a kb either. You could use something on hand with a small amount of weight to it and a handle so that you can grip with both hands to get a feel for the exercise.
     
    10-22-2013, 02:13 PM
  #25
Foal
I've never tried planks, but I can definitely start! :) I've never heard of kettlebell swings, but a quick google session helped me sort out what the heck those are! Lol, I have some lightweight dumbbells (the heaviest is 10lbs) that I can use in place of a kettlebell, I'll give them a try too.

After doing a good amount of research on the comfrey I'm still a little skeptical, but leaning toward it at the same time. I'll be sure to keep researching this stuff before I spend any money.

Also I just want to thank you guys! (Again, sorry if I sound like a broken record here. Lol.) I appreciate it. A ton!
     
    10-22-2013, 04:09 PM
  #26
Weanling
If you do end up wanting to buy the herb, then I would suggest mountainroseherbs.com Their herbs are fresh instead of sitting in storage for years, and they only choose quality plants. I've been very happy with the herbs I purchase from them, and they charge a fair price compared to some things I've seen.

With the KB swings. You probably already know this, but there's lots of youtube videos on how to properly and safely do a swing. It's pretty straight forward, but it's always better practice good technique. One thing that I find important, is to tighten your behind and core on the upswing.
     
    10-26-2013, 03:47 PM
  #27
Foal
I've favorited Mountainroseherbs.com! :) So far it's looking like I'll try it. So if/when I do I'll let you know.

And tighten core and behind on upswing, got it. I've spent some time watching some videos too. I will try my best to stay safe!
     
    10-26-2013, 04:33 PM
  #28
Green Broke
Be careful with the herbs. Anything can be toxic if you take enough of it. Take tylenol for example which can also build up in your liver if taken for long periods of time and cause liver problems.
The reason I suggested a PT is because depending on you what's injured, you can actually cause more damage doing certain exercises. In my case, the PT told me not to lift any weight with my leg, because of the stress to the joint. Running was also out, but walking was encouraged.
If you aren't going to go to a doctor right away, get your self one of those over the counter knee braces (the ones that wrap on the bottom and the top) and wear it as much as possible.
Yoga is great, but certain positions are going to put stress on you knee.
Do the steps backward and forward -that will help. Going down them will probably be hard for now.
Best of luck.
     
    11-07-2013, 01:42 PM
  #29
Foal
Hey guys - a bit of an update!

First - Flytobecat, I will be extremely careful with the herbs. Contrary to who I was when I first got injured (desperate to be in the saddle and careless of what would truly help me) I'd rather take my time, do the research and confer with all of my resources. If you had told me of comfrey or the rest of the stuff listed in this thread two years ago, I would have blindly begged for it to be ordered and started taking it with relentless fury. So I promise, I'll be careful. For now, comfrey is on the back burner. I've had such success with just doing different work-outs that I decided against it.

Second - Stairs, planking, leg-lifts (laying on my side and lifting my legs up), curl ups and walking have become my best friends! I mean wow, the change in my knees is impossibly evident. Kettlebell swings didn't feel quite right, but I'm going to try them again when I start seeing slightly better results from the workouts I am doing. Hopefully a slightly stronger core will help make kettlebell swings doable.

I learned something interesting about my knees. When walking normally (pressure travels from the outer foot into the big toe) is when I feel the most pan in my knees. If I walk in an opposite way (applying the most pressure at my inner toe and traveling the weight out to my outer foot, the pain in my knees vanishes. I don't know if this is good or bad, or if it's damaging my knees, but it is interesting.

Also! I've begun looking for a PT and planning a doctor's visit for November. Hopefully I'll be able to get in...
     

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