Injury freedom! as an athlete one of my biggest fears is injury but like everything else in life an injury can be a great opportunity to learn and grow. I have only been keen to the 811 diet for 2 weeks now although I'm embracing it with great enthusiasm as I do most things which appeal to me (A.P.D., addictive personality disorder). I have been Vegetarian(no meat, fish or eggs) for 16 years, vegan 5years with a couple of years worth of raw only thrown in, and now raw vegan for 4 months going into the 811 diet. So my diet has been what I would consider relatively good and my health outstanding, Jai Sri Krishna, and I attribute this to my dietary choices and lifestyle.
After only a couple days into my 811 initiation I injured myself hiking out from a day of backcountry climbing. It was getting dark so we were moving pretty fast. I lost my footing in some leaf litter and went down hard. Coming down sideways and landing on a small boulder I hit my ribcage hard enough to knock the wind out of me. I felt some grinding on impact and remember in that slow motion moment thinking, 'I just hurt myself pretty badly'. I got up caught my breath assured my partner I was alright and finished the hike out and passed out from exhaustion in my bed that evening. I woke the next morning feeling as though I had gotten kicked in the chest by a Bruce Lee and over the next couple of days the pain grew worse and sleep got more and more disturbed and my guarding increased make it difficult to work out or work for that matter.
After a few more days I was climbing with a friend thinking some blood flow might speed the healing. My friend happened to be MD and I figured I'd show him the lump which had developed on my chest to get his opinion. He told my the the lump could be due to a fractured rib which will often form a calcified type of band-aid as it heals and rest was my best option. I was familiar with that because this is the 2nd time I have had this type of injury. After a day of climbing I was more sore and eager for some good advice and rest did not seem like the option I was looking for.
Up till now I had been putting some Arnica/St Jon's Wort ointment with out much improvement. Antsy to get training with the increased vigor my new diet has given me I began to search the forum on this site and quickly found some mention of Comfrey Poultices on a couple of threads. As a neophyte herbalist and forager I thought, why didn't I think of that? So I hit the street. I've combed every alley in this town and Comfrey is one herb we have plenty of.
I gathered up some fresh healthy leaves about 2 cups, washed them and chopped them up with a knife into thin strips. I then put them into a pestle with a small amount of water and mashed it into a pulp. Then I took and old cloth, tore it into strips and wrapped the pulp into burger(raw vegan of course) sized pads. I then placed them in a plastic bag and put them in the fridge. That evening I slept with the poultice on my wound. The next morning I applied a small amount of DMSO, which is another product I have had great success using to help facilitate deep penetration of herbal salves. After day one I felt 50% better and was excited again about getting back on the rock. So yesterday we headed up to our local crag and put in almost a full day of climbing. I felt the most pain free I've felt in the week and a half since my injury. So last night I repeated the Comfrey poultice and again DMSO in the morning(note *do not wash away the Comfrey before applying the DMSO). Today I feel about 90% better as well as having a restored range of motion and the tendency to guard is completely gone.
My experience tells me that Comfrey does what people have been saying it does for thousands of years, and that is it knits bone, lesson learned. Here is a nice history on this amazing herb I recommend keeping some in your garden or as a house plant. I also suggest looking into DMSO, I've had great success healing long term injuries with this compound, but that's a story for another day.
peace and blessings,