Treating Bursitis of the Elbow with Solomon’s Seal

A few months ago I awoke one morning with a puffy, soft inflammation of my right elbow. It was quite painful and increased when trying to straighten my arm. I immediately knew it was bursitis, but was puzzled as to how it came about.

When younger and engaged in numerous contact sports, I occasionally fell on my elbows. The swelling and inflammation was other than the result of a broken bone, and it went away in a week or so. I didn’t know anything about the anatomy of my elbow, so I didn’t take such falls too seriously.

However, this new swelling caught me by surprise, for I had not hit my elbow against anything! Upon research, I determined that I had unwittingly contributed to my condition by spending long hours, for numerous days, sitting at my computer finishing a project. During that time, my elbows were in constant contact with the hard surface of the arms of my chair. It was this firm contact at the bony tip of my elbow that caused the problem!

In this article I want to tell you what I have learned about bursitis of the elbow — its causes, symptoms, treatment, the elbow’s anatomy, and how I speeded my recovery by using Solomon’s Seal tincture. I am fortunate to have first hand experience with several conditions in which I have had success using Solomon’s Seal, and my elbow bursitis is just one example.

The Elbow’s Anatomy

When you rub your elbow firmly, you can feel the hard bones of your forearm. The tip, or point, of the elbow is called the olecranon. What you can’t feel is the olecranon bursa, a slippery sac between the loose skin of the elbow and the bones of your forearm.

What does the olecranon bursa do?

First, understand that a bursa is a sac made of thin, slippery tissue. Bursae occur in the body wherever skin, muscles, or tendons need to slide over bone, especially in the shoulder, hip and knee. Bursae are lubricated with a small amount of fluid (called synovial fluid) inside that helps reduce friction from the sliding parts.

The olecranon bursa is located between the tip, or point, of the elbow (the olecranon) and the overlying skin. This bursa allows the elbow to bend and straighten freely underneath the skin. In short, this bursa acts as a cushion between the skin and the bone. However, if the elbow is hit, or you put constant pressure against the tip of the elbow (as when you lean on a desk or other hard surface), the bursa can become inflamed and irritated, a condition called bursitis. The bursa begins to swell, and may create a lump over the tip of the elbow. Often, elbow bursitis is called Popeye’s Elbow, after the famous cartoon sailorman.

Causes of Elbow Bursitis

Direct Blow to Elbow

In some cases, a direct blow or fall onto the elbow can damage the bursa. This usually causes bleeding into the bursa sac, because the blood vessels in the tissues that make up the bursa are damaged and torn. In the skin this would simply form a bruise, but in a bursa blood may actually fill the bursa sac. This causes the bursa to swell up like a rubber balloon filled with water.

The blood in the bursa is thought to cause an inflammatory reaction. The walls of the bursa may thicken and remain thickened and tender even after the blood has been absorbed by the body. This thickening and swelling of the bursa is referred to as olecranon bursitis.

Contact sports are not without falls that can harm the elbows — ice hockey, racquetball, basketball, any sport requiring diving to the ground. Rollerskating, ice skating, skateboarding and the like can also cause elbow damage. Simply whacking the elbow hard against a wall, or in a fall against a rock when hiking, or as a result of a car or bicycle accident — these can harm the elbow as well.

Constant Contact with Hard Surfaces

Olecranon bursitis
can also occur over a longer period of time. People who constantly put their elbows on a hard surface as part of their activities or job can repeatedly injure the bursa. This repeated injury can lead to irritation and thickening of the bursa over time. The chronic irritation leads to the same condition in the end: olecranon bursitis.

I have personally learned that I am susceptible to elbow bursitis by resting them on my chair’s uncushioned arms (of which I now have cushioned with foam!).


The olecranon bursa can also become infected. This may occur without any warning, or it may be caused by a small injury and infection of the skin over the bursa that spreads down into the bursa. In this case, instead of blood or inflammatory fluid in the bursa, it becomes filled with pus. The area around the bursa becomes hot, red, and very tender. Although infrequent in occurrence, it is important to get immediate medical attention if you believe this may be the case with you.

Symptoms of Elbow Bursitis

Olecranon bursitis causes pain and swelling in the area at the tip of the elbow. It may be very difficult to put the elbow down on a surface due to the tenderness. If the condition has been present for some time, small lumps may be felt underneath the skin over the olecranon. Sometimes these lumps feel as though something is floating around in the olecranon bursa, and they can be very tender. These lumps are usually the thickened folds of bursa tissue that have formed in response to chronic inflammation.

Note: I realize now that after many years of whacking my elbow through sports and recreational activities, I can feel these little “floating” folds of bursa tissue beneath the skin of my elbow.

The bursa sac may swell and fill with fluid at times. This is usually related to your activity level, and more activity usually causes more swelling. Over time the bursa can grow thick, almost like an elbow pad on the olecranon.

Gradual swelling indicates a chronic or long-lasting condition, while sudden swelling may signal a traumatic injury or an infection in the elbow. Motion in the elbow may be limited, especially if there was a traumatic impact to the elbow.

If the bursa becomes infected, the elbow becomes swollen and very tender and warm to the touch around the bursa. You may run a fever and feel chills. An abscess, or area of pus, may form on the elbow. If the infection is not treated quickly, the abscess may even begin to drain, meaning the pus begins to seep out.

Treatment of Elbow Bursitis (including the use of Solomon’s Seal)

Nonsurgical Treatment

Olecranon bursitis that is caused by an injury will usually go away on its own. The body will absorb the blood in the bursa over several weeks, and the bursa should return to normal. Often you are left with a bursa sac that has stretched and is too large for the space it now occupies. The sac may develop wrinkles that over time, will harden.

Medication and Rest

Chronic olecranon bursitis is sometimes a real nuisance. The swelling and tenderness get in the way and causes pain. This can create a hardship both at work and during recreational activities.

Treatment usually starts by trying to control the inflammation. This may include a short period of rest. Medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin may be suggested by your doctor to control the inflammation and swelling. An elbow pad might be useful in making it easier to put the elbow on hard surfaces.

Generally, R.I.C.E. is the first line of treatment for bursitis:

  • Rest: Take a break from whatever activity is causing the elbow to swell or become painful.
  • Ice: Apply ice packs for short periods of time (15 to 20 minutes, three or four times a day).
  • Compression: Wrap an elastic bandage around the elbow to keep swelling down.
  • Elevation: Elevate the elbow above the level of your heart.

Medical Treatment via Drainage

If the bursa remains filled with fluid, a needle can be inserted and the fluid drained. During the drainage procedure, if there is no evidence of infection, a small amount of cortisone can be injected into the bursa to control the inflammation. Again, there is a small risk of infection if the bursa is drained with a needle.


Your health practitioner may also prescribe professional rehabilitation to evaluate and treat the problems that are causing your symptoms. Your physical or occupational therapist may suggest the use of heat, ice, and ultrasound to help calm pain and swelling. You may be given tips and strategies to avoid repetitive elbow motion and to do your activities without putting extra pressure on your elbows.

If an infection is found to be causing the olecranon bursitis, the bursa will need to be drained with a needle, perhaps several times over the first few days. You will be placed on antibiotics for several days.



The Use of a Liniment for Short-term Relief of Pain & Discomfort

An herbal liniment (such as our Cortesia Quick Relief Liniment) is a medicinal liquid of herbs in a base or “carrier” of rubbing alcohol, Witch Hazel, or oil that is firmly rubbed into the skin to provide temporary, fast-acting pain relief and increased blood circulation. A liniment can be used alone, however, its effectiveness is increased when part of a 3-Step Healing Strategy using an accompanying topical salve and tincture. Our Cortesia Quick Relief Liniment is formulated in a base of organic double-distilled Witch Hazel and Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and contains Solomon’s Seal and 8 therapeutic herbs: Comfrey, Calendula, Arnica, St. John’s Wort, Rosemary, Cayenne, Horsetail, and Menthol. It is perfectly suited for providing relief to bursitis, arthritis and joint discomfort (among other uses). For detailed information read our article at, or the two detailed articles on this Blog.

The Use of a Topical Cream to Reduce Inflammation & Pain

Reducing bursa inflammation and soothing the pain of bursitis 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 the bursitis, without causing any stiffening of the tissue.

Our 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 our 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 Use of Solomon’s Seal Tincture

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 or bursae following injury. The fascinating medical observation about Solomon’s Seal’s effectiveness is that the quality of repair to the injured tissue leaves little or no trace/evidence of scar tissue. Furthermore, Solomon’s Seal is also 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 in the case of bursitis.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


Elbow bursitis and elbow tendonitis are very common elbow conditions. Bursitis most often clears up on its own over time, and with proper self-care. However, you can speed recovery time with Solomon’s Seal, and not feel the need for pain killers or medications that can disrupt the gastrointestinal tracts, as NSAID’s like aspirin and the like can do. The diverse healing qualities of Solomon’s Seal suggests that it is an invaluable addition to your medicine chest.

For more information about the herb, Solomon’s Seal, and our line of Solomon’s Seal tinctures, salve, liniment and tea please visit our website:


29 thoughts on “Treating Bursitis of the Elbow with Solomon’s Seal

  1. It is early in the morning and I find myself crying because my elbow looks deformed after a month-and-a-half (just like the pictures here) and I wonder when it will go back to normal. I want a signifcant other in my life and this just puts an extra barrier from wearing short sleeves or a dress.

    I really hope this Solomon Seal works. I have already been on two types of antibiotics for a week and-a-half ( I fell backwards and landed on my elbow).

    Anyway, I cannot take another sorrow in my life….I’ve had 7 sorrow episodes in March alone which included this elbow mishap.

    Bonnie Lewis


    • Bonnie, if you do have a condition of bursitis of the elbow, then, based upon severity of injury, it could take a number of weeks to return to normal. It gradually decreases, or can diminish overnight suddenly after weeks of discomfort. The tinctures and salve will definitely help. But during this process, because of inflammation, adjust your diet to less intake of processed sugars, soda, caffeine, and gluten foods — all of which are inflammatory irritants to tissues, joints, and bursae protecting key joints like the elbow.

      It is also possible that you broke your elbow and it is healing more slowly. Nevertheless, your injury will subside over time. If you sit in a chair at a computer, with your elbows on the arm rest or desk — this can be very irritating to the elbow bursae (i.e. you don’t need to fall on your elbow), so be careful in this respect as well.

      I wish you the best of healing, and love.


  2. I have developed bursitis similar to you from leaning at my desk. I had given it rest, physio (over 2 months) finally it was drained and a cortisone injection 5 months ago but I still sometimes have discomfort in the elbow if I tense my tricep/bicep muscles or straighten the arm. Is this just a case of the tenderness being reduced? Inflammation is completely gone now…


    • Some bursitis, especially elbow area, may take weeks or months to return to “normalcy” without tenderness. The reduction of inflammation is a positive sign. You simply need to adjust activity (and resting of elbow), as it may reactivate given slight bumps or pressure. Draining and cortisone injection for bursitis is somewhat controversial among practitioners; such “invasive” measures are mostly not necessary, as time and carefulness are the best healers. Of course, specific herbal interventions like our deep penetrating salve, liniment (for topical use) and tincture (internal use) are very effective. I wish you the best of healing — it will happen!


  3. Thank you for this info myelbow is in serious pain i didnt know what to do its been swollen for 4days and puss is oozing out here and there it hurts bad


    • When you say “ointment,” I am not certain if you are referring to a tincture, salve or liniment. In any case, the bursa sac must have moisture in and around them, as these sacs are near joints, vulnerable impact or pressure areas, and connective tissues. Moisture is key to healing, so increase water intake.

      The tinctures, taken internally, permeate the bloodstream with the herbs immediately to analyze appropriate healing responses. One of these is to determine moisture level of bursae and synovial sacs – especially to increase moisture as a buffering agent. The formulated Acute & Chronic Injury Salve is used externally, as it is formulated to deeply penetrate dermal layers to sub-cellular levals. It is an invaluable external interventive support to the tincture. The liniment is also excellent for temporary relief.

      We always recommend a review of diet when healing naturally, as diet is key to assimilation of herbs and plants for their essential nutrients and healing qualities. See my article about Bone Killing foods on this blog.


  4. Hello,
    My husband had painless swelling in both elbows about 5 years ago and the doctor he was seeing diagnosed it as bursitis. Both elbows started at the same time and he was also having a fever and the fluid in the bursa elbow had to be drained once a day with a needle for about a week. The liquid was orange and had little bits of tissue looking things in it, like little grains, which led the doctor to believe that the bursa’s in both of my husband’s elbows had burst after becoming swollen and infected. He prescribed antibiotics and after a while the elbows returned back to a more normal size. Ever since then, though, my husband is complaining about more and more elbow pain that comes on ever more frequently, especially after periods of non-use, like after getting up in the Morning. No more swelling has occurred since the initial infection. Would you recommend the treatment mentioned above for his current condition? Is there anything else you recommend doing? How would I go about purchasing the above mentioned treatments?


    • Bursitis (of the elbow) is an interesting condition. The draining of the liquid is usually not necessary. The liquid you are draining is from the synovial membrane protecting the elbow from bumps or undue pressure. This membrane includes the bursae, all of which is filled with a thick, egg-like viscosity of synovial fluid. The filled fluid is what causes the protruding spongy sac on the elbow. When you drained it, you saw a mixture of fluid and blood (the slightly orange color).

      Antibiotics are not appropriate for bursitis conditions. The problem is that an antibiotic kills off both good bacteria and bad bacteria, leaving resistant bacteria to activate and cause the discomfort. Initial relief may be felt, but many report continued discomfort later, as your husband reports.

      It is very important to increase water intake during healing — to flood the tissues in this area. It is not uncommon to have a little discomfort after periods of non-use, until full healing happens.

      Using a tincture, liniment and salve together helps toward deep tissue healing and restoration of proper amounts of fluids in the synovial membrane. These are discussed in the blog articles on bursitis.

      Rest assured, he is in the healing window now and is recovering. Herbal therapy now would be the best course of action because none of it will harm the body like antibiotics will.


  5. Hello. Thank you for writing this up. I have something very much like the images of elbows, except mine is on my foot. I have recently figured out that the most likely cause is that I do building work and often sit on the ground with my feet under me. So I’ve stopped sitting that way as much as possible. Unlike much of what I’ve read about bursitis, the golf-ball sized synovial fluid-filled bursa sac between my ankle and the top of my right foot is not at all painful. It’s quite unattractive, but I can still wear boots fine, and shoes fine if I loosen the laces a bit. It’s been growing steadily for about 3 years by now. I used to think it was a ganglion cyst, but by last year it looked so big that I went to a podiatrist who aspirated it. It filled back up within the hour. She ruled out that it was anything serious and told me it’s a bursa sac. She recommended I do nothing about it unless it starts to hurt. Or surgically remove it if it continues to grow. So I’ve just been living with it. It fluctuates in size slightly, but for the most part it’s no smaller than last year. I’d really like to shrink it or get rid of it without surgery if that’s a possibility. My doctor says there’s nothing I can do to make it go away, so I’ve been reading online to see if there’s perhaps something she doesn’t know about.


    • Your symptoms are more like the characteristics of a ganglion cyst. Aspirating any infection/injury, especially cysts and ballooned bursae, is usually not effective long-term because of fluid filling back up, as you experienced. In time such conditions correct themselves, for the body readjusts fluid levels in the synovial membrane. A tincture like Solomon’s Seal very actively engages in fluid level adjustment, and adjustment of calcium (a ganglion cyst is simply a protective calcium build-up in a vulnerable location that may get bumped, pressured, etc.

      Surgery is too invasive for this type of condition. Adjusting activity (to help prevent bumping or straining in an area), letting time take its course, and a good intervention like a tincture may help the most.


  6. I fell on my elbow on 5/25/13, so I’m now about five weeks past the incident. My elbow looks similar to the picture of the gentleman in the white T-shirt. It hasn’t changed much, if at all, in appearance in the past few weeks. I don’t have much pain, but I don’t like the way it looks at all. What would be your recommendation? Thank you in advance!


    • Sometimes these bursae injuries take weeks to months to return to normal, with a bit of tenderness that cautions overuse or putting undo pressure on the elbow. Doctors often determine that lancing is appropriate, but this is almost always short-term (the sac fill again with fluid) and should only be a last resort. Our Solomon’s Seal tinctures attempt to balance the amount of fluid in the bursae and the synovial membrane that buffer joint areas from impacts and strain. SS also promotes moisture in the area to help dampen the inflammation you are experiencing.
      During this healing period, regulating diet may be appropriate — the types of foods that contribute to inflammation and steal the micronutrients from tissues: processed sugar, sodas, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy. Increase water intake is also key.


  7. How is this product’s track record on RA related elbow bursitis? And do you know if there are drug interaction issues? Thanks


    • Many people with arthritic conditions, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, have experienced significant improvement using our particular tinctures and other herbal products integrating Solomon’s Seal with other key healing herbs. With RA, Formula @1: Arthritis & Joint Repair is appropriate, combining the herbs Solomon’s Seal with Gravel Root and Pleurisy Root.
      You should have no issue with drug interactions. Tinctures are administered in small, homeopathic-type doses, and when properly prepared and used, are very safe. In fact, the use of herbal interventions is an excellent way to gradually wean oneself from pharmaceuticals — the herbs safely assimilate into the body, moving to root causes, and not just treatment of symptoms.
      I wish you the best of health and healing.


  8. Will these products help remove the scar tissue that has formed in my elbow from chronic bursitis? I’ve had a couple flair ups over the course of like 5 years and now my elbow is permanently deformed looking like some of the pictures, it doesn’t hurt at all right but I’m left with this big lump of scar tissue.


    • To prevent further injury at the sensitive elbow area, the body will naturally build-up a calcium layer to protect. This layer can affect the synovial membrane and bursae, preventing optimal regulation of the squishy buffering fluid in these. The objective would be to preserve the integrity of these membranes and their protective function while reducing the calcium build-up in that area.

      I would suggest using our Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair. The Gravel Root, Pleurisy Root and Solomon’s Seal will work toward dissolving excess minerals, balancing them within that area, and lubricating joints and tissues in that area. During this healing work, always drink plenty of water — this allows the herbs to penetrate and assimilate into the body.


  9. Thanks for this post and the pictures. As I was working on some frustrating computer problems this afternoon I put my elbows on the desk while researching and felt this weird bump on my right elbow. When I turned my arm to see what was going on I almost freaked out, thinking that I’d turn into elephant woman. So just now I did some research on this and fortunately found your post here.

    I’ve never had anything like this before (I’m 55 years old) and I did NOT have any injury to my elbow. I use a wrist pad when I work on the computer, but apparently sometimes lean on my elbows with the elbows directly on the desk. My elbow does NOT hurt at all.

    Also, I was digging a fence post hole this spring and using a hammer drill, I either hurt my right hand and/or I suddenly developed arthritis. My right hand is often numb in the morning and when I make a fist, the ring finger sometimes is “stuck” and it takes an effort to get it to straighten out.

    I do a fair amount of physical work, garden, install irrigation, etc. and while I’ve tried to take it easy on my hand, if I don’t do the work, it won’t get done, so eventually I do what needs to get done and especially connecting irrigation hoses with barbs is really hard and painful.

    It sure sucks getting old!

    I don’t have health insurance and don’t care much for conventional treatment anyway. What do you suggest for treatment of the elbow and the hand?




    • Your incident with the elbows on the desktop brings back my first introduction to bursitis on my right elbow. Like you, I had no blunt trauma. Then I discovered that others have had the same injury — and from simply resting the elbow on the hard surface.

      The issue with your hands is a familiar one — a stuck or frozen finger, and perhaps some numbness in the morning. Those who use vibrating power tools (weed wackers, sanders, drills, mowers, etc.) may experience unexplained numbness after prolonged use.

      In both instances above (elbow and hand), tincture therapy is an excellent intervention. Specifically, our Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair, should be very helpful. The Solomon’s Seal is combined with Gravel Root and Pleurisy Root, both of which to work with joints and connective tissues, and their corresponding synovial and bursae membranes that help to cushion these areas.

      The swelling in your elbow is actually a build-up of synovial fluid to cushion and protect. However, the body also naturally responds to injury by creating a calcium build-up in the area (rationale — if this is a heavy use or impact area, why not create another hard protective structure, like bone or gristle, to protect it? The herbs in the tincture will read, monitor and regulate this calcium build-up or excess synovial fluid, to the best of your body’s ability.

      The hand issues have to do with connective tissues needing adjustments, as well as adding more fluidity to joint areas. Until this happens the inflammation in these areas will create stiffness and dryness. Again, the tincture herbs will work to adjust connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) in the hands and fingers, and restore more fluid. It is also important that you begin each day (and do these when desired) with range of motion exercises for the hands and fingers — these joint-freeing exercises (easily make some up!) will help activate cellular energy and oxygenate them for reception of the herbs.

      When you create your healing protocol with herbs, always increase water intake for optimal saturation into the body and cells. Importantly, moderate or eliminate inflammation causing foods that can slow or prevent healing: processed sugars, gluten, wheat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, salts, etc. These foods dramatically steal key micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) right out of joints, tissues, organs, etc. They acidify the body and this causes inflammation during healing. Work toward an alkaline diet, with plenty of water, and you will be amazed!


      • Thanks so much for your detailed reply and your advice about food is excellent too. I was just about to order when I remembered reading somewhere about horses being treated with Solomon’s Seal.

        My dog, a 12-year old lab mix (about 50 lbs), has a tough time getting into my truck (I usually help) and his legs sure are stiff. How can I help him stay mobile and pain free? Don’t know whether he’s in pain, he still chases rabbits, but is definitely getting old.


      • Animals are especially keen to herbal therapy. Horses and dogs and cats especially benefit from tinctures. If you use SS for your dog, use the regular tincture, no formulas. Give 1/2 dosage amount for 2 weeks then gradually increase. You can administer the drops in the dog’s mouth, or dribble onto water to lap or onto some food. Blessings! Forrest

        C. Forrest McDowell, PhD Cortesia

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  10. Hey Doctor,
    5 weeks ago I accidentally hit my elbow, and was treated by a lot of antibiotics because of huge pain and growing redness on my hand and around the elbow. Doctor said I have infection. There is was a little liquid with blood,but nothing crazy. Usually I am healthy person, but during last two weeks its remain absolutely the same, a little big than normal, redness and creating discomfort. I decided to try infra red sauna. Can you recommend to me to use your product?



    • The body’s natural response to a repeated impact area — such as the elbow on which one leans or rests on the armrest of a chair or receives a blunt force impact against an object — is to create a cushion-buffer. This is done by rushing synovial fluid to the membranes that surround the joint/bone. This buffers the area against further damage while blood cells attempt to regenerate the tissues.
      You may experience this lumpiness for 1-2 months or longer while it slowly rebuilds and regulates the fluid in the membrane. Surgical procedures are way too invasive for elbow bursitis. Antibiotics are never recommended because of their traumatic effect on the whole body.
      A gentle yet very effective procedure for many people has been to use our Acute & Chronic Injury Salve, rubbing it in well for deep absorption. You can use a moist heating pad (a pad with a removal felt liner inside that you can moisten) on the area after the salve. Our Solomon’s Seal tincture Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair is recommended for bursitis issues. The Pleurisy Root in that formula is a key synergist with Solomon’s Seal for this type of injury.
      In short, elbow bursitis can be very uncomfortable AND treated naturally, allowing time mostly to do the healing. We don’t have to impact the elbow to continue discomfort. Extensive bending and straightening of the elbow can continue to add to the discomfort because the motions put tension on the bursae of the elbow. However, continued movement of the arm and elbow in gentle ways is important during healing. During this period of healing (and when using tinctures), increase water intake to allow the herbs to deeply saturate tissues and do their work.


  11. I am mahsh and I am developing bursitis in my left knee
    its persisting sinc last 6 months..
    what to do
    kindly give me your suggestions


    • First question is: do you kneel or put pressure directly upon the knee, or have knee impact as in a sport? The increased bursae fluid is there to buffer from more than normal pressure or impact. Solomon’s Seal and Horsetail, when combined in our Formula #3: Cartilage & Tissue health, work to adjust buffering fluids in the synovial and bursa membranes, as well as connective tissues that support the joints around those membranes. Many customers have benefited from this tincture for this condition.
      Bursitis does take some time to decrease, especially in very used joint areas like the knees, elbows and shoulders.
      Customers have also reported very rapid benefits from using a penetrating salve and a Magnesium topical spray that penetrate dermal layers to deep tissues.
      Using moist warm heat over the bursitis area (for 45 minutes), especially after apply the salve or Magnesium spray, especially speeds recovery as it stimulates leukocyte blood cell regeneration in that area.
      You will recover, just be patient and regular in your intervention.


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