Naturopathic Healing and the Powers of Comfrey [Interview][Transcript]


Guest:  Dr. Holly Lucille
Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest Bio: Dr. Holly Lucille (“Dr. Holly”) is a nationally recognized, practicing licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant, and patient advocate. She is the author of several books, an acclaimed expert in the field of integrative medicine,and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Lifetime Television for Women, PBS’s Healing Quest, The Hallmark Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health Channel.
Segment overview: Dr. Holly Lucille talks about the healing powers of Comfrey, and why she never leaves home without it.


Health Professional Radio The Powers of Comfrey

Neal Howard: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. I’m your host Neal Howard, thank you so much for joining us today. Our guest in studio is an acclaimed expert in the field of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Holly. Doctor Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics and her appearances include National Media Programs and Networks including the Doctors’ Lifetime Television for Women, Montel Williams, PBS Healing, Quest Discovery, you name it she’s been there and she’s here with us today on Health Professional Radio. In 2007, Dr. Holly was listed in Time Magazine’s Alternative List as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People and she’s here with us today to talk about the healing powers of comfrey. Good afternoon Dr. Holly.

Holly Lucille: Hi Neal, thanks for having me.

N: Thanks for coming back and lending us some more of your time.

L: Yes, of course.

N: You’re the Author of several books, we talked about one when you’re here before, Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe Natural Hormone Health and another book that we’re gonna talk about today, The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey. Talk about the book and talk about this healing power of comfrey.

L: You and I did a segment a bit ago about curcumin and of course that’s something that I love. Well, this is another plant that I actually have a small of affair with and I’ll tell you why because I have been called the daredevil doctor before. I tend to run it hard physically, coached ride motorcycle with on the show Wiped Out, I kind of have, you know how people can go through their lives sort of kinesthetically or more softer, well I’m the kinesthetic person, I move a lot and I hurt myself a lot, right?

N: That happens.

L: Yes, so it was a joke but I do have a tube of this comfrey cream, the trauma plant comfrey cream in my purse, in my gym bag, in my make-up bag when I fly, everywhere, everywhere, everywhere. I think it’s one of the most powerful things, I see a lot about active people in my practice as well but we’re talking about sprains and cuts and bruises and scrapes and all kind of minor and sometimes not so minor traumas and it’s so healing.

N: Now, this is something that you just normally find in your first aid kit that you’re gonna put in the truck, is it?

L: No, if you think about comfrey and it’s the names that have been used, knit back or Knit bone or boneset. Comfrey was used because it literally could set a bone, alright? And aside from its soothing pain, comfrey has the ability to slow down damaged tissues and boost the tissue regeneration and this is why it’s so good for so many different things. It can effectively and actually quickly rebuild damaged blood, bone and flesh. The exact response that we want when we’re looking at sores or burns or cuts or scrapes or bites or stings. I go out once a year backpacking with my friend and we go out back, we just not car camping by any stretched imagination and we hiking…and for four to five nights out there and this is definitely something that is really important for me to have along.

N: Now you’re past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association, also you’ve worked with the L.A. free clinic providing health education, preventative information and public health and more. Is this something that you could implement, say out of a free clinic if you’re on state funds or donations?

L: Yeah, I think pennies on the dollar because when you look at pain and wat’s being used for pain and pain management, first of all there’s a cost there and second of all there’s usually nasty side effects that you don’t want over a long period of time and you need to have an exit strategy and I think for healing and pain this is definitely something that you could use in a setting like that and really be in line with its mission.

N: Now you’ve written a book, The Healing Power of Trauma Comfrey, talk about that book.

L: Yeah, I was just so when I came across this and there’s a couple different things that are in comfrey that make a difference and there’s also a reason, this comfrey used to have or does have these alkaloids that are actually, they’re toxic to the liver so people wouldn’t use comfrey a lot. Well this form that’s used in trauma cream has been specifically cultivated to be free of those alkaloids, okay? And then only the aerial parts, the leaves, the stems, the flowers that are naturally alkaloid free rather than the roots are used in this particular cream and so it was just, it was a different component that started to grab my attention. There’s allantoin quickly stimulate and rebuilds cells and regenerates damaged tissue, choline is actually in comfrey, I know choline helps in your blood vessels and nerve endings to recover faster and improves pumping of healing blood through those inflamed tissues and then the rosmarinic acid fight inflammation and so when I started to get really familiar with this particular plant and the different components and how I thought it could actually play a big part in not only pain relief but healing, knowing who I was, it was something that I was really interested in. So we put together this book that just kind of outlines the history of comfrey, the use of the comfrey, the effectiveness and some clinical studies.

N: There must be someone out there, a type of person who their physiology is not going to be befitted or may not be able to give them the benefits. What type of person would you steer away from this?

L: Honestly it’s topical, right? So pretty much nobody. I think this is something, this is some one of those must haves, I’ll talk about when it’s coming up flu and cold season, what you need to have in your first aid kit at home, right? Last thing you wanna do is be hanging on the line, trying to get an antibiotic from your practitioner and then go into the drugstore and stuff. All sort of things you can have to delay, to decrease duration, decrease severity of colds and flu but this is the same thing. This is something that you wanna have around the house, period. It’s great for children, you can use it on elderly, it’s topical, it’s effective and I love it. It is definitely on the top of my list.

N: Now, where can our listeners go to get more information about comfrey or any of the other naturopathic healing properties of anything that we’ve talked about in any of our segments?

L: Well there’s a lot of great resources out there but I think for right now, the best I mean I’m gonna try sort of reinventing my website but that’s drhollylucille, so drhollylucille and lucille’s just like Lucille ball, .com and I’m also there’s, if they go to they can sign up for this free report. I’ve been doing some thinking about all these information that’s out there including this lovely Podcast in your radio show and why people are still having a hard time meeting their health desires and goals and I just been doing some musing and I feel like I want to make a difference in that area and really, really be able to just help people personalize this information more, own it and then really take charge of their health in a very profound way because I don’t like the stats that I’m seeing, I don’t like the fact that are chronic health issues continue to be on the rise despite all we know, despite all the good information out there and so I want to in good naturopathic form identify and treat the cause of what’s going on there, help people figure that out for each individual and then increase the quality of vibration on this earth, I think that’s gonna be important.

N: Now, I understand that you play a variety of instruments, I guess with your fingers moving that way and riding the motorcycle and then hiking and then just being in L.A. and that lifestyle out there kind of fast. I was out there for a hot minute, let’s just say. (laugh)

L: That’s all you need buddy, it’s all you need.

N: Talk about your band just a bit.

L: So it was a couple of years ago we toured thru to the south west, so Denver … Denver and Colorado and the band at the time was called The Trio and then I had another band called The Whiskey Devils but bluesy rock, I would say a lot of fun and I’d play he bass in each of those and actually the guitar and also there was one song where I do remember playing the bass and the drum at the same time. (Laughs)

N: How did you do that? (Crosstalk)

L: I stepped behind the kit and I had my 2 feet going I was playing the bass because it was a trio right? So we had to fill up this big sound and it worked. So I had the bass drum and then the high …with my feet and then I played the bass throughout the song. It was pretty fun.

N: I know, that’s great. It’s always a pleasure.

L: Thank you so much.

N: You’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio, I’m your host Neal Howard. We’ve been in studio with Dr. Holly Lucille or Dr. Holly as we know her around here, she’s a nationally recognized and licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Educator and Natural Products Consultant as well as Author, Motorcyclist, Musician she does it all because she loves it all and she’s been in studio today talking with us about the healing powers of comfrey. It’s been great having you here with us today Dr. Holly.

L: Thank you so much Neal.

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