Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the bursa. The bursa is a sac filled with lubricating fluid, located between tissues such as bone, muscle, tendons, and skin, that decreases rubbing, friction, and irritation.
Solomon’s Sealtincture is especially effective in treating bursitis, as discussed thoroughly later in this article. Its properties reduce inflammation of affected tissues, restore fluids to bursa and synovial glands, increases lubrication in joint areas, especially those affected by osteoarthritis, and helps to decalcify joints. Its known plasticity effect helps to restore scar tissue to near original condition, thereby aiding tendons, ligaments and muscles.
If you suffer from bursitis, this educational article discusses causes, signs and symptoms, prevention, self-care (most bursitis can be treated without invasive medical intervention or drugs), and finally, alternative treatment methods, including the use of Solomon’s Seal. Continue reading →
Back pain is the second most common ailment in the United States – only headache (according to some, the common cold) is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions.
Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure. This leads to a constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or re-injury.
There are numerous possible interventions to low back pain, as noted later in this article. The herb, Solomon’s Seal, however, has demonstrated significant effectiveness as well and should be considered in any therapeutic intervention. Let’s first review the issues you may have with low back pain. Continue reading →
Some people have wondered what the difference is between the species of Solomon’s Seal known as Polygonatum biflorumand Polygonatum multiflorum.
One reader writes: I believe that the plant you are talking about and referencing is the wrong plant. I believe that the actual plant you are talking about is False Solomon’s Seal. It is true that many of the healing properties are the same. Mathew Wood references Polygonatum multiflorum, not biflorum. It is the multiflorum relative that has been researched and linked with cartilage and connective tissue repair.
We consider ourselves as sincere and dedicated students of the plant, Solomon’s Seal — its history of medicinal use dating over 3000 years ago when King Solomon of Biblical fame named it himself. Our careful study as cultivators of this plant has allowed us to know its origins, varieties and medicinal qualities and uses. We are always open to further inquiry and accurate information.
It is true that Mathew Wood, in his Book of Herbal Wisdom, references only the polygonatum multiflorum genus of Solomon’s Seal.
Two years ago, in a number of personal communications and consultations we had with Mathew Wood about how to better understand the plant, its diverse healing properties, and how to properly create and prepare our formulas, he affirmed the biflorum’s medicinal potency, if not equal in all respects to multiflorum. Furthermore, he believed even False Solomon’s Seal had medicinal qualities. However, a preponderant amount of evidence was not available to widely promote False Solomon’s Seal as compared to the medicinal reputations of polygonatum multiflorum and polygonatum biflorum. Continue reading →
Here is the key to understanding complications arising in your thumb as a result of texting or injuring it via a sport, avocation or occupation: For every pound of pressure that you push at the tip of your thumb, it is magnified at the base of your thumb, called the carpometacarpal joint (CMC).
It is estimated that people (especially teens) run a high risk of texting injuries if they text over 80 messages a day. This is about the equivalent of spending one hour a day only texting— repeatedly and rapidly tapping the thumb on a key pad. Add to this regular daily computer use and/or video games! That’s a lot of daily, sustained pressure at the tip of the thumb being magnified at the thumb’s base! (Note: there are other injuries associated with texting, as described in my article.)
Over time, repeated thumb use or injury can lead to problems: joint issues and nerve issues. In the most serious cases, excessive wear and tear and inflammation of the basal joint of the thumb can lead to osteoarthritis of the thumb. Thumb arthritis can cause hand pain, swelling, decreased strength and range of motion. Continue reading →