Testimonials based on personal experience speak volumes about Solomon's Seal's benefits and palliative qualities. Many people can attest to chronic or acute conditions that have caused regular discomfort. People often seek medical help, be it allopathic or naturopathic/homeopathic based, but as yet there is not a large volume of readily available information in Western cultures for the many beneficial herbs and plants, especially anecdotal information based upon personal use.
We began to solicit testimonies in Fall 2007. Because we were particular (if not cautious) about Solomon's Seal's claims, we began networking the tincture in our community. Soon, the word got out and people from all around the world are now using our products. We are encouraging people to share with us their experiences. As we gather more and more testimonials and comments from users, we will offer ones here that speak to diverse conditions and/or benefits. You are encouraged to email us about your experiences. Use the Contact Us link at the top of this page.
Tricia Clark-McDowell's Testimonial
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Tendons, Ligaments, Sprains, Strains
I have seen so many cases of stretched, loose, or tight tendons cured by Solomon's Seal that I can hardly count them, probably over a hundred. I remember one man in his forties who had been a cornerback on a famous college football team. He had all sorts of problems from old injuries, such as sprains, strains, broken bones, a separated shoulder, etc. Solomon's Seal made him feel almost completely free of pain and flexible in a short time.
A woman in one of my classes had an adult son who was suffering from a stretched ligament in the ankle. The doctors estimated that it was over an inch too long and recommended surgery to cut out the elongated part and sew the ends back together. The man decided against that option, though the condition was painful and debilitating. I recommended Solomon's Seal and Horsetail, but he ended up taking Solomon's Seal and homeopathic Calcium carbonate, which was also a good idea. The stretched ligament was back to its normal size in one week. No surgery was needed.
Mathew Wood, herbalist and author
Book of Herbal Wisdom, p. 399
I have been giving selected patients Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture for the past 3 months. Reports range from a complete elimination of chronic headaches, to increased joint stability. Since, heretofore, the only truly effective method of increasing ligamentous stability has been treatment by prolotherapy, this remedy is a Godsend. Believe it or not (I can hardly believe it myself) patients with terribly misaligned feet, ankles and knees are actually straightening out over the course of several weeks.
I would highly recommend this remedy to anyone who suffers from chronic neck pain, headaches, or instability anywhere in their skeletal structure.
Sincerely, Rich Phaigh LMT
I have suffered for many years with stretched out tendons and ligaments in my badly pronated ankles - a result of flat feet. An orthopedic physician determined costly surgery was necessary, with no certainty for full success.
After one week using Somomon's Seal tincture, my ankles were no longer pronated. My physical therapist/masseuse was amazed. He has worked on me monthly since a car accident ten years ago. He took one look at my ankles and affirmed that now I would no longer need the surgery I had been trying to avoid for years. Two weeks later, as I continued to take three daily doses of ten drops each, my lifelong problem with knock knees was resolved. My knees are now straight, allowing me to hike and mountain-climb as I did avidly in my younger years. Next, a thirty year shoulder injury was healed, allowing me to sleep on my side again with little or no discomfort. I no longer experience serious neck problems as I have for so long, and require minor adjustments only a few times per year.
When I would get up in the morning my legs would just lock up - the tendons would tighten up on me. But your Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture works really well for Charlie horses, and I don't have that problem now. (I haven't been taking anything else, like vitamins or such.)
Solomon's Seal tincture helps my wife, too, with her bones, joints and arthritis. She takes the arthritis formula (Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture - Formula #1: Arthritis & Joint Repair). So, I'm a believer. Now we want to try it for our son-in-law's carpal tunnel.
I started using Cortesia's Solomons Seal tincture and salve in 2008 when I broke my ankle. The break was not very serious, but the collateral damage to muscles and tendons was fairly severe, so I started using both remedies once I was out of the air cast.
I used the tincture for several months (combined with physical therapy); now I keep a jar of the salve on hand and use it when I have tendon pain. I think it's great!
Mary Milo, Oregon
I ordered your Solomon's Seal tincture a month or so ago... found your site after Googling about for shoulder injury/pain. After helping my daughter move a carload of boxes into her dorm, I was in acute pain... felt like I'd been shot in my right shoulder and upper arm. (OK, I've never really been shot, but I swear it felt like a bullet had landed.) In my desperation, I also ordered a $70 ActiveWrap so I could ice the pain away. I, who never take conventional meds, was also downing several ibuprofen a day.
Anyway, I started dropping the tincture under my tongue, three times a day, as soon as it arrived. I also had two therapeutic massages and two acupuncture treatments. Before the ActiveWrap arrived, my pain had gone from a 7 to a 2. (You ship very fast!) By day 10, I felt quite fine. By day 14, my shoulder was pain free. I kept taking the Solomon's Seal, though, because I was feeling better generally. By day 21, I realized that the plantar faciitis that had been plaguing me for seven months was much relieved. Funny how pain is so present, and then when it disappears you can just forget it was there.
About four weeks in, my parents came to visit. My 74-year-old mother was still nursing a sore arm and shoulder from July... a gardening injury (she was at war with invasive ivy). She was a bit miffed when she learned my August injury was history, and she had not gotten a bit better. We got online and ordered two more Solomon's Seals, one for her and one for me. My right foot is now so much better I can hop out of bed in the morning with no limping, no pain. Amazing. By the end of my mom's seven-day visit, her shoulder was noticably better... and she was sure to take her Solomon's Seal with her, anticipating continued improvement.
Yesterday I helped my son and daughter-in-law move. My son and I moved a full-size couch and a very heavy recliner, just the two of us. I made about 100 trips in and out of their second floor apartment... up the stairs empty-handed, back down laden with boxes. Helped hoist several moderate pieces of furniture into the truck. Then in their new house I removed 16 cupboard doors. As a 49-year-old woman who was limping and seriously hurting a five weeks ago, I'm quite amazed... not just that I could do all that, but that today I am just a tiny bit achy. Really not bad at all.
I imagine that your business must be booming from word of mouth.
By the way, I never used the $70 ActiveWrap. I'm keeping it just in case my younger son or daughter has a sports injury... but I realize that if I keep Solomon's Seal in the house, it may be a long time before it gets used.
Many thanks and peace,
Tennis Elbow & Bursitis
This past summer I did a lot of heavy work in the garden and developed a moderately bad case of "tennis elbow." Since it was not practical to stop in the middle of my project, I did the best I could to soothe it with hot and cold packs and a calendula salve. These helped a bit, but I was beginning to get concerned. I started using Cortesia Solomon's Seal tincture, taking it three or four times a day under the tongue. I noticed some improvement after about a week. In three weeks, my elbow problems vanished. Lucky for me, because I'm a cellist, and I need to be pain-free to play. This is a very powerful plant and formula, one I will keep on hand in case I have other problems. I would think that other musicians, who sometimes run into troubles due to overuse, would like to know about this wonderful healing plant. And gardeners, of course!
Neck, Shoulder, Back
I have wanted to let you know that the Solomon's Seal tincture has worked wondrously for me already. My hip now rarely bothers me and I can sleep on that side again. Also, an old area between my shoulder blades, the result of a fall where I hit full force on my shoulder, has loosened up wonderfully as well as an ankle injury that had been bugging me for a few years. And, an issue with the right side of my neck has also begun healing itself quite well. I am so impressed with this as these were all long-term discomforts that are dissolving rapidly!
Another friend, Yusefa has had good results as well with a serious, long-term knee injury. He is able to run now (something he hasn't done for years) and walk without pain in his knee. Solomon's Seal seems to have very amazing and quick results for people with varying levels and issues. A wonderful herb! I will keep you posted, and I thank you so much for sharing this with me! Best wishes!
Judy S. F.
One could probably say I am a typical macho male when it comes to body injuries, and so I simply continue with my life and physical activities through any pain or discomfort. I admit to having a somewhat cautious attitude toward miracle cures. I don't go looking for a magic bullet for health and healing. However, my experience with Solomon's Seal Tincture has been nothing short of miraculous.
I had two chronic problems that plagued me for almost 28 years, causing restless sleep (tossing and turning) and discomfort. One was damaged cartilage, muscle, and alignment in my left shoulder from a serious fall in 1980. The other was a lower back injury sustained in 1981 while lifting 5-gallon buckets exacerbated further by playing tennis and racquetball. Amazingly, within a day of beginning the Solomon's Seal Tincture (in late August 2007), all signs of discomfort in my shoulder and lower right back vanished, and I could lie in bed in any position, thereby allowing me to have a sound night's sleep. To date the pain has not returned.
Later, another condition affecting me for the past year has also cleared up - an injured left ankle and foot sustained from hyper-extending my foot for a month while roofing our house. I can only assume that I had stretched the tendon(s), ligament(s) or muscle(s) wrapping around my ankle and the top left side of the foot. Again, the pain caused restless sleep as well as discomfort when walking. Whereas the other two conditions above seemed to clear up within a day, it took several weeks of taking the tincture for my foot to feel healed. The effects of Solomon's Seal on my chronic conditions have confirmed for me that it has powerful healing qualities for which I am very thankful.
Forrest McDowell, Ph.D.
Stiffness in Standing
My friend Robert, who is also using the tincture, has noticed that he now stands up easily when he gets up after sitting for a long while. (I notice this same improvement in myself as well). He was seriously stiff, slow and creaky before. He also stands straighter (he used to curve forward and to one side).
Judy S. F.
In the early 1960's I was around a lot of solvents and selenium and arsenic, which is hard on the joints and thought processes. Consequently, for over thirty years I have had trouble thinking and processing correctly. Within three days of taking Cortesia Solomon's Seal Tincture (ten drops, three times a day), my brain became more focused and not fuzzy. I find that if I stop it for a day, my brain is immediately back to the old non-functioning mode.
Another benefit occurs when I wake in the morning. I am no longer in pain all over and can easily stand up and get out of bed without having to boost myself up with my hands. I also notice that my hips, which have always been unbalanced, are now more "level". And Solomon's Seal seems to be a good cleanser for my liver. Anything I can do to remove the "sludge" from my liver is a plus.
For me, regaining my health is a long-term process. I've been trying to heal myself for over twenty years because the medical profession referred to my problems as nothing they could fix. I'm grateful for the help that Solomon's Seal has provided. I now take only a few drops two or three times a day, but if I have to take this dose for the rest of my life, I will!
After two weeks of taking your Formula 4: Deep Pain & Tension Relief Tincture, I had the subtle realization that I was no longer experiencing any toothache pain. This formula has also helped me to work through other physical challenges. I usually have headaches and a lot of pain in my upper back and spine, shoulders, and arms (especially on the right side). But I can physically do more now without paying the price. Your tincture has helped to speed the process of healing, and I can now back off my pain-killer medications. I am favorably impressed with Solomon’s Seal and am prepared to give it a nice long trial. Thank you so much.
I just wanted to write a few words to let you know how wonderfully the Cortesia Solomon’s Seal Tincture and the Bone Building & Repair Formula #2 have worked for me. I am 41 years old and recently was diagnosed with deteriorating or bulging discs (whichever term you prefer to use) in the C5 and C6 area of my neck. This is a very critical area because it can cause paralysis if left unattended. I had very limited movement to the right side and intense pressure and pain from the lower part of my skull to between my shoulder blades. I began using your tinctures on February 24, 2009. Within a day of use I could feel the difference. I started getting more and more movement back in my neck, and the pain was lessening. After three weeks of regular use, I have full movement back in my neck, without the pressure or pain.
I am continuing to work on the stiffness in my hip and arms, and hope that your tinctures and salve will help those areas as well – possibly the result of several car accidents I was in between the ages of two and eighteen. I need my strength and mobility to keep up with my 4-year-old son!
I am so pleased and thank you for your help and your wonderful products. You will always be my number one recommendation to anyone suffering from arthritis, bone, joint, and ligament ailments, etc. The chiropractor that I use has taken your website name and has added it to his referral list, for those who seek alternative treatments to NSAIDS or Cortisone Steroid shots. Keep up the great work. I will be dropping by your website often.
Thank you again,
Office Manager of a lumber company
I was looking for a product that would release stress and pre-menopause symptoms that I’ve been experiencing. I have used your Cortesia Flower Essences in the past and was intrigued by your Solomon’s Seal Tinctures. I began using the Formula 4: Deep Pain & Tension Relief Formula and felt instant relief and calming upon trial. After a few days of using it 3x daily, I experienced energetic shifts on a deeper level. This is truly a product that has been beneficial for my physical, emotional and spiritual health.
I began taking your Formula 4: Deep Pain & Tension Relief a while back. It worked so well for my pain and stress levels that I told the other women in my women’s group. Now all of them are taking the same tincture, and it’s helping each woman in slightly different ways. It definitely does everything it says on the label! We are believers!
Why Cortesia Solomon's Seal Was Created
by Tricia Clark-McDowell
Cortesia Sanctuary, Eugene, OR
Solomon's Seal is the most impressive natural herbal remedy that I have ever encountered. I have been raising herbs for over 30 years, and making tinctures, salves and flower essences for over 20 years. I first learned about the herb Solomon's Seal from my friend Susanne, who was suffering from a back injury. It seems that the stretched out tendons and ligaments in her back would not allow her to hold an adjustment, thus she was continuously out of alignment, in pain, and severely limited in her activities.
An herbalist had recommended Mathew Wood's Book of Herbal Wisdom, where Susanne read about the benefits of Solomon's Seal for injuries such as hers. She had tracked down some of the root but didn't know what to do with it. I happily offered to create a tincture for her, resolving to take some myself for the stretched out tendons and ligaments in my badly pronated ankles.
After one week on the tincture my ankles were no longer pronated. My physical therapist/masseuse was amazed. He has worked on me monthly since a car accident 14 years ago. He took one look at my ankles and affirmed that now I would no longer need the surgery I had been trying to avoid for years. Two weeks later, as I continued to take three daily doses of ten drops each, my lifelong problem with "knock knees" was resolved. My knees are now straight, allowing me to hike and mountain-climb as I did avidly in my younger years.
Next, a thirty year shoulder injury was healed, allowing me to sleep on my side again with little or no discomfort. I no longer experience serious neck problems as I have for so long, and require minor adjustments only a few times per year.
Greatly encouraged by my personal experience, I bought more Solomon's Seal root and proceeded to make a lot of tincture. I also began talking to my friends and family, many of whom had physical challenges of one sort or another. Over the next six months during 2007, over sixty people tried the Solomon's Seal tincture, many with excellent results.
I continue to be amazed at the wide variety of acute and chronic conditions that are helped by it, with results that appear to be lasting. While Solomon's Seal doesn't work for everyone, especially those who take it sporadically, its effect appears nothing short of miraculous for others.
Over the years, I have learned that the healing qualities of certain herbs can be enhanced when the proper herbs are combined. This synergism can speed healing time and allow the body to fully utilize the phytochemical properties of the plants. For this reason, I have continued to explore ways in which to created formulated interventions. Most of our Cortesia Solomon's Seal products combine the synergistic healing effects of select herbs.
In every instance, we test all products ourselves, or with selected participants. This can take many months to monitor effectiveness. In a sense, I am a student of the wonders of nature and plants. I am also a student of health and wellness. I am humbled and grateful to serve people with my knowledge and herbal creations.
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