Treating “Mommy Thumb” (De Quervain’s Tendonitis) with Solomon’s Seal


Mommy Thumb is the current nickname given to De Quervain’s tendonitis. Almost 50% of new mothers experience this condition, as described below. However, it is a condition common to many people who engage in repetitive hand or wrist movement, such as gardening, knitting, cooking, playing a musical instrument, carpentry, walking a pet on a leash, lifting a baby, and the like.

De Quervain 1De Quervain’s tendonitis is not carpal tunnel syndrome, a pain that is usually centered on the inside of the wrist where nerves and tendons pass through a narrow tunnel-like space. De Quervain’s tendonitis involves just the thumb tendon, which runs through a canal at the base of the thumb at the back of the hand. Specifically, the protective synovium sheath of the tendon becomes inflamed. In most cases, the condition is not serious and can be easily treated. This article will help you identify De Quervain’s tendonitis and its causes, and suggest treatment strategies including the use of Solomon’s Seal tincture and salve.

What Causes De Quervain’s Tendonitis?

When you grip, grasp, clench, pinch or wring anything in your hand, you use two major tendons in your wrist and lower thumb. These tendons run side-by-side from your forearm through the thumb side of your wrist. They normally glide unhampered through the small tunnel that connects them to the base of the thumb. In De Quervain’s tendonitis (the term tenosynovitis is also used), the tendons’ slippery covering becomes inflamed, restricting movement of the tendons. It is the inflammation of the tendon sheath that must be treated. See the accompanying illustrations.

In short, Mommy Thumb is simply overuse of the wrist and thumb, i.e. repetitive motion, while performing activities of daily living (ADL). Because up to 50% of the hand’s function relates to the thumb, overuse can significantly hamper everyday functions. Here are ways such overuse happens:

  • Gardening:  Repetitive hand weeding (grasping/pinching and pulling), hand-troweling, and pruning with small hand clippers
  • Playing a musical instrument:  Repetitive practice and performance by pianists, guitarists, harpists and string players who rely heavily on thumb and wrist movement
  • Knitting & crocheting:  Repeated wrist and thumb motions for hours at a time
  • Cooking:  Constant chopping with a knife and lifting cookware
  • Carpentry:   Hammering, sawing, using tools, lifting quantities of wood and materials
  • Walking a Pet on a Leash:  Continuous yanking and pulling at the wrist while holding the leash
  • Office work:   Repetitive work tasks such as typing, lifting, organizing files, etc.
  • Hobbies:   Any hobby or craft that relies on constant use of the thumb and wrist
  • House Cleaning, Maid work:  Constant gripping, wrist bending and wringing out of a cloth or sponge from day-to-day
  • Sports:   Tennis, golfing, bowling, baseball, archery, hockey, etc. that involves gripping

Why Mother (& Fathers) are Affected

It has been determined that Mommy Thumb occurs when infants are lifted improperly. A mother may describe it as a sharp, shooting pain starting at the thumb, through the wrist, and darting up the forearm.

This improper lifting affects up to 50% of new mothers, the primary caregiver of an infant.

Mommy Thumb 1

Lifting a baby can strain thumbs and wrist

How it happens: Many mothers reach down and place their thumbs in their child’s armpits to lift them. This causes extra strain on the thumb and tendons. The heavier the child is, the more likely this condition will occur. The same goes for the lower down a child is lifted from (say, from the ground or a low crib). The repetitive motion of placing the thumb and index finger in the shape of an “L” to lift young children causes the pain and inflammation. Similarly, cradling the child with the L-shaped thumb and index finger beneath its head can also cause discomfort, as can other awkward hand positioning when carrying a baby.

Although this condition can affect any mother, research shows mothers over the age of 40 have an increased risk for developing Mommy Thumb. Several reasons are cited: women are having children at later ages, newborn babies weigh up to 10% more than 30 years ago, crib heights are lower (causing undo leaning over to awkwardly lift the child up), and many new mothers use PDAs for message texting. Lastly, hormonal changes associated with nursing and pregnancy can contribute to weaker thumb and wrist functions.

Lifting baby

Improperly lifting baby can cause back and hand injury

The proper way to lift a child: Mommy thumb can be avoided by changing a few of your habits. When picking up your child, do not use your thumb and fingers. Instead, place your hands on both sides of their rib cage and gently squeeze the child to lift. Or, place one hand under the child’s bottom and one behind their head to lift the child. Make sure you aren’t bending down farther than necessary. Remember to use your legs to lift heavier children and avoid bending the back or stooping while lifting your child.

Other Causes

Although the primary cause of De Quervain’s tendonitis is overuse, there are other possible causes associated with aging, disease, or direct injury:

  • Direct injury to the wrist (such as a fracture) or tendon that causes scar tissue to build-up and restrict movement of the tendons
  • Inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Metabolic conditions such as diabetes, hyperuricemia, hypothyroidism

Symptoms of De Quervain’s Tendonitis

The common complaint of de Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a pain and swelling near the base of, or over the thumb. The pain may appear suddenly or may increase over time, spreading farther into the thumb and wrist, and up the forearm. Pinching, grasping, lifting and other movements of the thumb and wrist aggravate the pain. Look for these potential signs of discomfort:

  • Pain near the base of your thumb
  • Swelling near the base of your thumb
  • A fluid-filled cyst in the same region as the swelling and pain
  • Difficulty moving your thumb and wrist when you’re doing activities that involve grasping or pinching
  • A “sticking” or “stop-and-go” sensation in your thumb when trying to move it
  • A squeaking sound as the tendons try to move back and forth through the inflamed sheaths
  • Pain and/or swelling on the wrist’s thumb side at the back of the wrist
  • Increased pain while forming a fist, grasping or holding objects, or turning the wrist
  • A snapping or catching feeling when moving the thumb, much like a trigger finger.

Finkelstein test

Diagnosis

The most common diagnostic procedure (besides review of day-to-day activities) is the Finkelstein maneuver. This simple test can also be self-administered. Make a fist with the fingers placed over the thumb (the thumb is tucked in and bent towards the little finger; see photograph). You may feel tenderness at the base of, or over the thumb, or even a swelling or thickening. As Figure 2 shows, you may also bend your fist downward for further testing of discomfort. The common finding in this test is the tenderness felt over the thumb, which confirms tendonitis, and perhaps shooting pain up the forearm.Finkelstein test 2

Remember, De Quervain’s tendonitis is an irritation and swelling of the sheath or tunnel which surrounds the thumb tendons as they pass from the wrist to the thumb. This inflammation is causing the discomfort around the thumb and up the forearm.

Treatment

Surgery is always the last resort for treatment of De Quervain’s tendonitis. The primary goal is to relieve the ache that is caused by the inflammation of the nerve sheath that the tendons pass through. Oftentimes return to normal functioning can occur within 2-4 weeks. The following treatment approaches are optimal.

wrist brace

Wrist & thumb brace

  • Limit and avoid activities that may directly aggravate thumb and wrist discomfort
  • Wear a wrist brace or splint
  • Apply ice or cold packs for 5-15 minutes to affected hand several times a day
  • Modify lifting activities of an infant
  • Use ergonomically designed tools: kitchen, gardening or handyman tools
  • Do rehabilitation exercises such as wrist extension and flexion stretch, and supination and pronation of the affected forearm only if these do not cause further discomfort or pain
  • For pain relief, take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, Anaprox). Use as directed or in consultation with your medical advisor. Prolonged use can cause gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, heartburn, etc.
  • Use an herbal intervention such as a tincture, salve and/or liniment (see below)

HOW SOLOMON’S SEAL HELPS HEAL DEQUERVAIN’S TENDONITIS

The body has what is called a plastic regeneration response to injuries, that is, the ability of the body to create a healing response that attempts to repair tissues, tendons, joints, etc as a result of strain or injury. Solomon’s Seal is useful to fight and correct joint inflammation, tumors, as well as the acute and chronic swelling and edema that occur in the surrounding tissues following injury or strain.

Effect on Soft Connective Tissues

The soft connective tissues surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments that are damaged/injured often results in inflammation, swelling and edema. These types of problems are usually the result of excessive out-of-balance tensions on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Solomon’s Seal appears to “read” and correct these tension inbalances. Because of the natural presence of allantoin, Solomon’s Seal also acts as an anti-inflammatory on almost all of the connective tissues. This is achieved by restoring proper lubrication (synovial fluids) that both supplements the deficiency and acts protectively to reduce friction on the tissues.

Enhancing Solomon’s Seal’s Effectiveness with other Herbs

In our intense study and observation of Solomon’s Seal’s palliative effects on various conditions, we have been inspired to integrate its use with other esteemed healing herbs. In our Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Tincture, Formula #1 – Arthritis & Joint Repair, we have combined it with Gravel Root and Pleurisy Root. Gravel Root is specifically indicated for arthritis for it brings minerals into and out of solution, hence its use as a remedy to dissolve and remove deposits in joints. Pleurisy Root is indicated in cases of acute inflammation, arthritis, bursitis, lack of lubrication, or clicking in the joints.

solomon's seal tincture #1Our Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Tincture, Formula #3 – Cartilage & Tissue Repair is integrated with the highly respected Horsetail plant. Horsetail’s high silica content helps to rebuild damaged cartilage and structures. It strengthens connective tissue, bones, cartilage, mucous membranes, arteries, skin, and other tissue.

Of course, Solomon’s Seal by itself works to harmonize, feed, lubricate, and tighten or loosen (as needed) tendons, ligaments, attachments, and joints. It is also a valuable connective tissue anti-inflammatory, and is known to help moderate the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It has many other benefits described in other articles on our website and blog.

The Use of Solomon’s Seal Salve to Reduce Inflammation & Pain 

De Quervain wrist salve

Applying a topical salve can promote healing

Reducing inflammation and soothing the pain of tendonitis can be done topically if a pain reliever has the ability to penetrate the skin barrier and contains anti-inflammatory agents. A topical formula will not only relieve pain or inflammation, but also dilate the blood vessels (if it contains natural menthol). This allows for relief of tendonitis, without causing any stiffening of the tissue.

sssalveOur Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Acute & Chronic Injury Salve is a very effective topical salve, especially when used with our Solomon’s Seal Tincture, or any of the above mentioned Solomon’s Seal formulas. The salve contains Arnica, Calendula, Comfrey, Horsetail, Mullein, St. John’s Wort and Solomon’s Seal root. Unlike most topicals, however, the herbal properties in our salve permeate deeply through the skin layers into the cellular level of affected tissues.

 

THE 3-STEP METHOD:
COMBINING A LINIMENT, SALVE & TINCTURE FOR DEEP HEALING

When using herbal interventions or products such as a tincture, salve or liniment, we believe that a 3-Step Method is the best way to address many of the types of acute and chronic injuries mentioned above. (Note: This approach should never take the place of other practical strategies such as rest, support or elevation of injury, increasing water intake, adjustment of diet and nutrition, etc.)

STEP 1:

Apply Cortesia Quick-Relief Liniment topically several times daily, as needed, in area(s) where pain or discomfort is occurring. Apply morning, afternoon, and evening OR before and after periods of activity and again before bed. This will provide short-term relief so that certain activities are less painful or so that you can get to sleep. It is important to firmly rub the liniment for several minutes to stimulate blood circulation in the effected tissue or joint area. This works very well for arthritic conditions or joint issues to increase flexibility. Of course, use lighter pressure for a sprain, bruise, very sore muscle, or painful area. For detailed information about the effectiveness of liniments, see our two articles on this Blog and our website: www.solomonsseal.net.

STEP 2:

sssalveApply Cortesia Acute and Chronic Injury Salve externally to injured area twice daily, morning and evening (apply after the liniment). Wrap or bandage as needed to protect clothing. This is an important long-term method of healing for strains, sprains, aches, symptoms of arthritis, damaged muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc. It perfectly compliments the liniment.

Note: After applying a liniment or salve, it is very useful to simply lay your hand(s) lightly over the affected area for a few minutes. This form of “touch healing therapy” is therapeutic (see our article Solomon’s Seal and the Healing Effects of Touch to understand more). You can feel the warm or cooling sensation of your injury; you can also mentally visualize healing currents.

STEP 3:

ss tincture

Consider taking Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Tincture internally several times daily. Solomon’s Seal works to harmonize, feed, lubricate, and tighten or loosen (as needed) tendons, ligaments, muscles, attachments, and joints. It is a valuable connective tissue anti-inflammatory, and is known to help moderate the symptoms of osteoarthritis, repetitive use injuries, and connective tissue damage. Depending on your injury or condition, one of our Solomon’s Seal Formulas (described elsewhere on this site) may be appropriate — for example, the #1 Arthritis & Joint Repair, the #2 Bone-Building & Bone Repair, the #3 Cartilage & Tissue Repair, the #4 Pain & Tension Relief, or the #6 All-in-One Deep Healing Formula.

You can review these products and their ingredients, and order, at our website http://www.solomonsseal.net

Helpful Online References

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/de-quervains-tenosynovitis/DS00692

http://www.medicinenet.com/de_quervains_tenosynovitis/article.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Quervain_syndrome

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703350104575653223648778294.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_4844916_treat-new-moms-thumb.html

http://www.noelhenley.com/mommy-thumb/

Video of Finkelstein Test:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXn5mr7Hu9E&feature=related

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24 thoughts on “Treating “Mommy Thumb” (De Quervain’s Tendonitis) with Solomon’s Seal

  1. At the worst, surgery is recommended to allow better passage of the tendons through a very tight channel (“the first dorsal compartment”) from the forearm to the thumb. Many people have two small separate channels for the tendons and are particularly predisposed to this problem. Primary intervention is always a life issue decision. Total healing may not be possible, and periodic flare-ups may have to be accepted. Therefore, people come to live with a little discomfort. The good news is that, with proper care and convalescence, a great deal of healing (or “normalcy”) can occur over time (weeks to months). Herbs like Solomon’s Seal engage in an ongoing analysis and adjusting of various body systems and tissues and joints. It is worth considering for any issues related to tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, joints, bursae, bones, etc. It acts as an anti-inflammatory while localizing intervention. The last thing to consider is surgery. Finally, if not attended to, Quervain’s Tendonititis will continue to elicit great pain and discomfort in the hands, thumbs, wrists, forearms and/or shoulder. The most commonsense treatment is to limit and adapt those activities that cause the discomfort.

  2. Wow, Mommy thumb, I couldn’t figure out why I had pain in my left hand if I was right handed, when I thought maybe it was caused by always carrying my new born( now 8 months) I thought it was just Ludacris, thanx for the in fo ,I guess i’m not crazy.

    • According to wikipedia one of the compound roots should not be taken by pregnacy and nursing moms. Read; Asclepias tuberosa – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      • The plant/root you are referring to is Pleurisy Root, used in one of our Solomon’s Seal tincture formulas. It is a historically invaluable medicinal herb, and especially effective mixed with Solomon’s Seal.

        The warning you refer to for pregnancy and nursing moms is a standard warning for all supplements and prescribed medications (or at least should be!). Such a warning is now extended to people with heart conditions or diabetes. These warnings are devised by a mix of governmental and private business and advocacy groups. They often originate from knowledge of certain chemical compounds discovered in a plant that may have adverse effects, perhaps alongside therapeutic benefits.

        Plant-based medicines, however — especially when properly prepared and administered — are very safe. Yes, we know we should be very cautious about some plants, but most are beneficial. The specific warning for Pleurisy Root is because it contains a class of glycosides, a common constituent in many herbs.

        Glycosides (Cardiac glycosides) are an important class of naturally occurring drugs, available in plants, whose actions include both beneficial and toxic effects on the heart. Plants containing cardiac steroids have been used as poisons and heart drugs at least since 1500 B.C. Throughout history these plants or their extracts have been variously used as arrow poisons, emetics, diuretics, and heart tonics. Cardiac steroids are widely used in the modern treatment of congestive heart failure and for treatment of atrial fibrillation and flutter.

        Although their toxicity remains a serious problem if taken in large or sustained quantities, in very small doses, as used in tinctures and homeopathy, most plants are safe. In our tinctures, and especially the formulas where several herbs are blended together for their synergistic qualities, the amount of ingested herb is homeopathic in quantity and safety.

        In conclusion, I believe specific tinctures (especially in the dosage amounts suggested) and homeopathic medicines are safe to use. Fortunately, the individual can adjust dosages to lower amounts, eventually taking infrequent doses until no longer needed. This flexibility when using tinctures adds to their relative safety. Prescription medications simply do not have flexibility and have extensive contraindications that a person must suffer from for the duration of use.

  3. I have a form of Muscular Dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth. The main problem with CMT is that the sheath around our nerves deteriorates, messages from the nerves to the muscles often miss, and our tendons are extremely tight. I went to the emergency room the other night because the pain in my left thumb and wrist was stabbing and excruitiating. They diagnosed carpal tunnel without any tests. They sent me to an orthopedic doctor who took an X-ray that showed my thumb in out of alignment and told me to wear a brace and take anti inflammatory drugs. Do you think this is the De Quervain’s Tendonitis?

    • Thank you for sharing your story. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is the most common diagnosis for hand issues, but may not be entirely correct. I would need to know your lifestyle use of your hands that would initiate the injury. However, it does sound like De Quervain’s; take the self-analysis test shown in our article to see.
      If you decide to use Solomon’s Seal for this hand condition, note that people have reported very good relief by using our suggested 1-2-3 Method: firmly rubbing in the liniment, followed by the salve (these can be done whenever desired during the day), and regular use of the tincture.

      For your condition, diet is key. It warrants reduction or elimination of processed sugars, sodas, caffeine, alcohol, wheat and dairy products. These are terrible for joints, tissues and nerves. Research has shown that they literally leach available micronutrients and calcium, etc. right out of the bones, joints, tissues, etc., and are primary culprits of inflammation. Just taking a few days off from them, while taking the herbs and increased water intake, will demonstrate clearly what I mean: you will feel more flexibility, less pain and inflammation, etc. in your hands and body. Worth trying!

      I wish you the very best in health and healing.

  4. That explains it! I thought I broke something. I’m a new mommy & this has been getting worse & worse as my daughter gets older…..and heavier. I pick her up under her arms just like it says about 50 times a day! It catches me by surprise sometimes and it feels like my thumb dislocates and gets stuck on my wrist bone. So painful! I’m going to get a brace tomorrow. It’ll be hard for me to keep from using my left hand, but this has GOT to get better. I don’t want to have to get surgery! Thank you so much for the info!

  5. I have been dealing with an arthritic right knee and a stubborn left strained Achilles. Then, out of nowhere, my right thumb, down to its base, began to scream. I mean it really hurt badly. Not sure what I had done. At 55, I don’t have any babies running around, though my step children have them, I haven’t been lifting any! I play the bass in a local band, but never seemed to have any issues with my hand because of that. I also picked up the fly rod recently, just a couple times on the Santiam and the Metolius. Now that I read about “Mommy Thumb,” it would seem that all of these activities may have been integral in the pain that I now endure. Most of the day on the computer at work, I’m sure, doesn’t help much…
    My wife, being an herbalist agrees that Solomon’s Seal would be a good step towards healing.
    Mark in Keizer

    • You are a good candidate for using Solomon’s Seal, among our other formulated herbs. As extensive articles on this blog describe, issues related to strain, arthritis, joints, connective tissues, etc. can be helped.

      As we age, all of these systems become drier and less flexible. This is why increased water intake is important, as is modification of diet and moderate exercise. Diet is very important: processed sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, soft drinks, gluten food — these are disastrous to our body systems, proving to leach right out of bones, joints and tissues essential micronutrients, calcium, fluids, etc.

      Your injuries can “heal” over time. You simply need to modify lifestyle (work habits using hands, diet, exercise). Also, consider wearing a flexible thumb/wrist support during activity.

      Finally, if you use any of our products, for your conditions consider the 1-2-3 Method — use a liniment, then salve; take tincture as directed. The liniment and salve are formulated specifically for deep penetration of tissues and cellular structure. The tincture, taken orally, very quickly moves through the bloodstream to essential areas.

      I wish you the best of healing,
      Dr. Forrest McDowell

  6. I just received my shipment today of the tincture, tiniment, and salve to treat my wrist. I noticed pain in my wrist after my kids started the school year and our driving went from fifteen minutes a day to two hours! Then I experienced more pain after seemingly injuring it further playing disc golf. Now, three weeks later I am noticing what looks to be a ganglion cyst on the non-palm side of my wrist. I am wondering if you have any experience with these cysts, if Solomon’s seal is useful for that, and any other recommended care you may know of. I do keep my wrist braced most of the time too.
    Thanks.

    • It is unknown why relatively harmless ganglion cysts form, and especially in the hands and wrist area. Your extended driving activities and disc golf both create stress and strain on the joints, connective tissues and nerves. The jelly-like translucent cyst is filled with fluid pulled from the synovial/bursae sacs. In summary, a “wound-response” has been triggered from the strain in the form of these unique cysts.

      The great news is that they are fairly harmless and will go away on their own, or diminish in size. So, the first course of treatment is simple observation over time and patiently let it be (they do seem to have a life of their own, sort of speaking). Second, is lessening the strain-inducing activity and wearing a support. If their presence obviously impedes activity one can get the cyst punctured and drained (high return rate, however), or the last resort is surgery.

      As to the effectiveness of Solomon’s Seal, it is worth considering the herb’s (and similar ones) therapeutic value with these types of injuries. Solomon’s Seal works especially well with fluid regulation in and around joints (as in the case with cysts), i.e. synovial fluid, bursae, and general moisture. It works with the inflammation and irritation you are experiencing. It also adjusts tension of ligaments and tendons (which are being strained by your activity). Finally, for thousands of years the plant has been used (especially by women) for numerous skin anomalies.

      Our tincture, liniment and salve are specially formulated for oral (tincture) and topical penetration. I think that the liniment and salve might give healing relief, and it is worth a try now that you have them. Rub the liniment and salve in firmly enough for a few minutes to create heat — this moves the herbs into deeper cellular levels.

      Here is an excellent website to learn more about ganglion cysts, as described by a doctor specializing in their treatment: http://www.noelhenley.com/ganglion-cyst-most-common-tumor-hand-wrist/

      I wish you the best of healing and health.

  7. Thank you so much for the detailed thoughtfully compiled information you are providing as a service to healing in the world. After dealing with pain and tightness in my thumbs, for over 4 months now, I feel great relief in discovering it may be De Quervain’s tendonitis. Herbs and homeopathy are always my first choice in treatment, I have just started using your products with the 123 method, wearing a thumb brace and taking periodic thumb rests thrughout the day. The pain and tightness are mostly on the underside thick part of the thumb, with some in the thumb joint…never in the wrist, sometimes I have felt relief by working the joint and feeling a pop. I have a business peacefull pillows and hand make herbal pillows, which is most likely the culprit.

    I have noticed after a few days of 123 (3x a day)a loosening of the joint but still tightness and discomfort. Should I be applying the ligament and salve to the wrist area, where the actually tendon and sheathe are, even if I experience no pain there? I am confident with daily repeated use, over the next month or two to have lasting, healing effect. I can see that your products/herbs are infused with love and integrity and are of very high quality! What a find, an amazing resource of information, service and healing products all in one place!

    In delight,
    Heather

    • Thank you for your supportive comments, Heather.
      Yes, apply the liniment and salve to the area and surrounding area. Your body is in a process of assimilating the herbs over the next weeks and will continue to show signs of effectiveness over the next three months (what we often call a “healing window”).

      Once a week, take a day off from the tincture. This allows the body a day of rest to flush out toxins and old cellular debris, AND to prevent dependency. Many people report a noticeable effect when commencing the tincture again after a day of rest. The salve and liniment can be used as desired.

      During this healing window, moderate diet preferences around sodas, processed sugars, salt, caffeine, alcohol and gluten — these enhance inflammation and literally pull and leach vital nutrients and moisture right out of the connective tissues, joints and bones. The herbs in our products are working to reduce inflammation, stiffness, etc as the symptom, BUT they are also working deeper at the cause, helping to regulate moisture and nutrients and restore systems.

      You can heal yourself, gently and patiently without harsh invasive action (surgery or cortisone). Continue to love yourself anew each day during your healing.

      Blessings, Forrest

      • Thank you Forrest,
        Your caring concise words reaffirm for me that my body is healing in it’s own time and for the reminder of the healing window…which is being supported by the masterful medicinal Solomon’s Seal and friends. I will keep in touch, letting you know how things are progressing. As a breathworker, I know healing can take time…and now I get to live with this lesson and learn to trust my body, nature and the breath even more.

        Thanks again for the support,
        Heather

  8. I have been suffering with a severe case of this for the better part of a year now. Only recently has it been diagnosed. And I would love to order the best possible combination for treatment. As a busy mom of 6 – I suppose it’s not unusual to get this – but also difficult to ‘rest’ as needed to help it heal completely. But I am willing to what is required. There is a long list of products – and I would like to know which ones are best for mothers wrist. Thanks so much!
    Shalom!

    • There are several options to look at with using our tinctures and products. You cannot go wrong by using straight Solomon’s Seal, or Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair, or Formula #3: Cartilage & Tissue Repair. My most common recommendation is Formula #3, so as to get the synergistic healing combination of the powerful Horsetail with Solomon’s Seal. May I also recommend using our Acute & Chronic Injury Salve and the Liniment for this type of injury. We talk about this 1-2-3 Method of intervention in the articles – using the tincture internally, and the liniment (first) then the salve externally, rubbing both in well to create good skin heat for penetration to deep cellular levels.

      I wish you the best of healing.

  9. I really appreciate this information. I am a new Mommy and I have been diagnosed with this condition. Who knew that improper lifting of a baby could cause pain like this. I didn’t even know that there was a proper or improper way too lift my sweetness. The first time I got a steroid injection in the joint. It helped the 3 months now it’s back. Is this safe for breastfeeding mothers and does it last? Which product is best for breastfeeding mothers? Thank you again for this information because I was looking for something else.

    • You should no problem using any of our tinctures while breastfeeding. Steroid injections, unfortunately, do not give long term relief or solution to your injury, as you have discovered. As the blog articles on this subject suggest, Formula #1 or #3 have been very effective, because of the synergy complementarity of the herbs. You may even use Formula #6, which combines the herbs in Formulas !, 2 and 3.
      When using tinctures, be regular over a 3-month period for optimal body assimilation. Increase water intake, and try to eliminate or moderate inflammation-inducing foods (wheat, dairy, sugars, sodas, etc).
      You can heal yourself. Be patient and thorough in your natural approach.

  10. I really appreciate your information and recommendation on my case. I have got the pain on my right thumb and wrist since one month and a half after baby delivery. Now it is one year, the pain increase and a bit swelling. A Doctor told me that i am having Quervain disease after noticing the tendons on my right wrist disappeared. He then recommended me to have an injection or surgery with declared probability of recovery of 80% and 90% respectively. However, most article says that surgery is the last resort and not always necessary. i am searching for better info as it is hard to find the expert in this in my country. Could you please provide your advice what i should do?

    • There are several options to look at with using our tinctures and products. You cannot go wrong by using straight Solomon’s Seal, or Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair, or Formula #3: Cartilage & Tissue Repair. My most common recommendation is Formula #3, so as to get the synergistic healing combination of the powerful Horsetail with Solomon’s Seal. May I also recommend using our Acute & Chronic Injury Salve and the Liniment for this type of injury. We talk about this 1-2-3 Method of intervention in the articles – using the tincture internally, and the liniment (first) then the salve externally, rubbing both in well to create good skin heat for penetration to deep cellular levels.
      Definitely do not do surgery — you can heal this yourself!
      1. Drink more water (this helps moistens tissues, nerve trunks, fascia, membranes, etc.; it also removes cellular debris and toxins)
      2. Adjust diet to reduce inflammatory foods (this is the main issue you are facing: INFLAMMATION): remove/reduce processed sugars, wheat, gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, cooking oils (transfats and Omega 6 — except coconut or olive), and nightshade foods (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, hot peppers)
      3. Eat more alkaline diet (live foods, juicing, etc) during this healing time.
      4. Don’t wear wrist supports at night, and only as needed during the day.
      5. Drink tonics (as simple as lemon water with wedges).

      The objective is to saturate the area with cellular and tissue moistness, aided by non-irritating foods. This lays a foundation for the herbs to “read” the healing needs in this area, i.e. inflammation reduction, ligament and tendon adjustment, regulation and regeneration of buffering fluids within protective synovial membranes, and restoration of micronutrients within tissues.

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