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During the nineteen-eighties, I maintained a regular correspondence with a member of the ‘White Sisters’ religious order (Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa). Sister Marie McDonald was in charge of a Bush Dispensary in
At that time, I was making a personal study of herbal remedies, and had become impressed with the efficacy of comfrey herb (symphytum officinale), particularly as a treatment for a variety of skin conditions and for wound healing.
With the help of Lawrence Hills of the Henry Doubleday Research Institute, several kilogrammes of ointment were shipped out, as were some comfrey seeds that Mr. Lawrence obtained from seedsmen, Thomson and Morgan.
One of the Sisters in
Subsequently, I lost contact with my White Sister friends, and so I have no way of knowing whether they developed the use of comfrey any further, or whether they informed a wider world.
At one time, comfrey root became suspect as a potential cause of liver cancer, and it has been largely removed from sale for internal use. The ‘research’ on which this view had been based had involved a high dosage in rats, and was itself very suspect.