Devils Claw - 60-70g Powder
Devils Claw is a phytochemically rich plant found in the extremely harsh Kalahari environment. Discovered only in Southern Africa, this herb has been used for over 20000 years as a tonic medicine for the Khoisan people.
- Quells fevers
- Eases digestive issues
- Aids in treatment of arthritis and gout
Devils Claw has been utilised by the first dwellers of the area, The San Bushman, or ‘Khoisan’ people, who have inhabited the desert for at least 20,000 years. It owes its ominous name to the strange fruit it bears, which have several small, hook-like projections protruding off of it.
This hardy plant has learnt how to survive in very harsh conditions by storing many nutrients and moisture in its roots which makes them fat and extraordinarily photochemically rich. Devil’s Claw has been used for centuries, if not millennia, by dwellers of the Kalahari region to treat illnesses such as fevers, diseases of the digestive tract, skin problems, and various aches and pains.
With modern science we can see that the secondary root tubers of devil’s claw contains a vast array of chemicals mainly iridoid glycosides, harpagoside, procumbide, harpagoquinone, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol, triterpenes and many more.
This versatile plant is mainly used to treat rheumatism and arthritis, it is also used for pain management and as a general health tonic.
It is thought that devil's claw's main medicinal action is due to its high iridoid glycoside content, especially harpagoside, which helps suppress the body’s natural inflammatory response. Iridoid glycosides and phenylpropanoid glycosides have been the focus of many phytochemical investigations and they have now been proven to be as effective as modern osteoarthritis medication with no side effects - therefore making it a highly competitive treatment.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effects and ability to reduce pain, devil’s claw is also a
viable alternative treatment for those with arthritis gout. This is due to its action within the body whereby the uric crystals, which form around the joints causing the loss of mobility and pain associated with arthritis/ gout, begin to dissolve, therefore alleviating these symptoms.
1-3 tsp daily (maintenance is once daily, acute cases three times daily)
Effective to start day with smoothie combining: Turmeric and bromelain (Pineapple, turmeric smoothie with black pepper and coconut milk)
Can be taken throughout day
*Check interactions (liver processed drugs)
Powder: Harpagophytum Procumbens