Solomon’s Seal is a favorite herb around here. We love it for any kind of sporty injury: sprained ankles, pulled muscles, you name it. The reason we like it so much is that Solomon’s Seal helps connective tissues heal. When you pull a muscle, maybe you think in terms of muscle pain, but it’s not just the muscle that has to heal: there are tendons connecting the muscles to bones, and beyond that the fascia, which is like a web of connective tissues that hold all of your muscles in place throughout your body. These are where Solomon’s Seal shines: ensuring that fluid balance is correct in these areas, making sure nutrients are getting where they’re going, allows these tissues to heal from their pulled-out-of-shape state back to their this-is-where-i-belong state.
Solomon’s Seal has some other great actions, but I want to focus on this one for the moment: this idea that connective tissue that has been stretched out of shape, or has been “atrophied” out of shape, can be nourished back into its shape by balancing the fluids that feed it. Jim McDonald uses the example of stretched leather: if you stretch leather that is old and dry, you damage the leather, and it will be very difficult for the leather to return to its original shape. But if the leather was well cared for, oiled and supple, it can be stretched and will come back to its shape reasonably well.
For any sports injury, you can see where this is a vital function. But there’s another place in the body where connective tissue is at play: it’s what holds your organs in! Let’s say you’re a woman with Uterine Prolapse – Solomon’s Seal is for you! Why? Prolapse is all about connective tissue health. Uterine Prolapse is not caused by pregnancy, it’s not a normal part of aging: it’s a result of poor structural alignment. We sit for so much of our lives that the backs of our legs shorten. This leads to poor standing posture, because the legs aren’t as strong as they need to be to hold us up properly, and because the shortened leg muscles pull the pelvis out of alignment. All of our organs are held in place by connective tissue that is attached to muscles and bone, and when the muscles and bones are out of alignment, they pull the connective tissue that holds the organs in – eventually stretching them beyond the point where they can maintain integrity. That lack of integrity is prolapse.
So obviously, a big part of dealing with prolapse is to get your body aligned properly, but Solomon’s Seal can help drastically decrease healing time by improving the flow of fluids into those stretched out connective tissues.