Devil's claw: plant and properties

Devil's claw: plant and properties

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Devil's claw is his popular name, just look at it to understand why, but in truth in the workplace it is called "Harpagophytum procumbens". It is a perennial herbaceous plant of the Pedaliacee family, present in Southern Africa, in the savannah areas and in the Kalahari desert.

Since ancient times it was used in traditional African medicine, its precious qualities are still appreciated today and today there'Devil's claw is an excellent natural remedy for headaches and back pain thanks to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. We immediately reveal the mystery of his nickname: his roots, which are what he holds most precious to us, seem like hooks. Animals and rodents have always been entangled in danger of dying of hunger. Diabolical yes, this plant, yet it also knows how to do good.

Devil's claw: the plant

Herbaceous perennial, it is a climbing plant with shoots that originate from one tuberous root adhering to the earth. The leaves of the'Devil's claw they are more harmless than its roots: erect, petiolate, fleshy then give space in due time to purple, single flowers. And then there are the fruits, with a woody, jagged appearance, with hooked thorns. They are the evil roots, are actually the fruits, which we can also understand as secondary roots, as "storage organs": they have a diameter between 6 and 20 cm and a weight that reaches even 600 grams.

Devil's claw: properties

The African populations, who live with theDevil's claw have always, always or almost always know and know how to exploit its properties. Or rather those of its fruit-roots. The Bushmen, the Hottentots and the Bantu knew well and still know that from this plant they can obtain an excellent remedy for dressing wounds and for treating articolar pains.

Not only that, the same Devil's claw it also has digestive and therapeutic properties that are useful for those suffering from gastrointestinal problems. In the root are the Harpagosidi which, in particular, are responsible for the analgesic and antipyretic effects of the plant.

Precisely these latter properties ofDevil's claw they did not immediately appear in the eyes of us Europeans who began experimenting with this plant only in the early twentieth century. We timidly began to sip it as a bitter tonic, to counter episodes of indigestion, then we agreed, and we trusted: it is also anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Devil's claw: benefits

There are those who argue that the effectiveness ofDevil's claw when it comes to rheumatism to be treated and inflammations to be relieved, it is comparable to that of synthetic anti-inflammatories. I certainly do not have scientific confirmation and the debate between the supporters of the root and of chemistry is open. Elegantly escaping the contrast between natural and non-natural remedies, I remain firm in reaffirming the potential of this Devil's claw which is certainly worth experimenting, once you have taken a look at the contraindications of the case.

For example, it can be experienced in case of tendinitis, osteoatritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, headache from cervical arthrosis, general neck pain, bruises, sciatica, arthritis, arthrosis. I wish you no chance, but they are all rather frequent ailments, and a claw can chase them away, this also applies to a stiff neck and other muscle inflammation. Mallow also has a comparable anti-inflammatory effect.

Obtained the dry extract of'Devil's claw, we also have a substance useful for eliminating uric acid. It is therefore used as an effective treatment of gout, preferably combined with preparations of ash, a plant with anti-inflammatory properties. For the same reason theHarpagophytum procumbens manages to reduce the presence of cortisones when they are taken in large quantities to treat rheumatism.

Devil's claw: how to grow the plant

If you want to engage in the cultivation of the devil's claw plant, assuming you have climatic conditions, I don't say African, but not Nordic, here are the tips and directions for getting DIY roots. I'm not boring you, you will find everything in our dedicated article "Growing the plant ofDevil's claw.

Devil's claw: pomade

Beautiful, relaxing, and useful, to cultivate this plant and then use the root with satisfaction in treating ourselves and our family and friends, but we also have every right, and sometimes the need, to be able to have an ointment ready. Here it is, perfect for all forms ofjoint inflammation.

It is a very powerful cream, because it combines theDevil's claw, already effective on its own, with mountain arnica which has an anti-inflammatory effect that should not be overlooked. And if unity is strength, this ointment certainly works.

In particular, the arnica takes care of trauma and bruises while ours Devil's claw he pays particular attention to the joints, especially if they are painful due to arthrosis and rheumatism. But it is not just a cream for the elderly, on the contrary, it is recommended primarily for athletes who can keep it in their bags and, if necessary, spread it on the affected area, with vigor and confidence.

Devil's claw: tablets

If not with an ointment, you can benefit from the properties of the devil's claw orally. Harpagophytum tablets relieve pain associated with rheumatism, osteoarthritis, arthritis and if they seem "retired", we have to change our mind. Sportsmen are among the biggest users of these pills in case oftendonitis, for example, or simple but annoying joint pain.

Another effect of the devil's claw that can lead us to use its precious tablets is the stimulation of the digestive system and the liver that it induces. At not even 17 euros 120 tablets of "Devil's clow", by Devil's Claw, which in English is even more magical as a remedy, but fortunately the results remain real and tangible.

Devil's claw: contraindications

Anyone who suffers from nervous gastritis or has been treated for gastric ulcers should not take theDevil's claw. This is one of the contraindications to keep in mind for this diabolical plant in the name but which also has its real "defects". For example, it causes problems for those suffering from duodenal ulcers, gastritis or stomach acid.

Other contraindications exist for those who have gallstones or take some specific anticoagulant drugs. To find out more and with precision, I refer you to the dedicated article, "Devil's claw: contraindications“.

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