Back pain, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, High cholesterol, Loss of appetite, Muscle pain, Migraine, Indigestion(dyspepsia), Fever, Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), Irregular periods, Difficulties during childbirth, Swelling (inflammation) of a tendon (tendinitis), Allergies, Kidney and bladder disease, Wound healing, when applied to the skin
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This is a plant from South Africa, long valued by the native people to support the inflammatory response, help manage the pain response, and tonify digestion.* The interesting name of the genus means literally "hook plant" which refers to the hook like structures on the seed meant to cling to animals, an adaptation the plant has made to insure it’s proper distribution. The plant was taken to Europe from South Africa in the 1800’s by colonists and used specifically as a plant medicineDevil's claw is an herb. The botanical name, Harpagophytum, means "hook plant" in Greek. This plant gets its name from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hooks meant to attach onto animals in order to spread the seeds. The roots and tubers of the plant are used to make medicine.
Devil's claw is used for back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that devil's claw may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using devil's claw for COVID-19.
How does it work?
Devil's claw contains chemicals that might decrease inflammation and swelling and resulting pain.Devil’s claw is a flowering plant of the sesame family. Its root packs several active plant compounds and is used as an herbal supplement.
In particular, devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides, a class of compounds which has demonstrated anti-inflammatory effects .
Some but not all studies suggest that iridoid glycosides may also have antioxidant effects. This means the plant may have the ability to ward off cell-damaging effects of unstable molecules called free radicals
For these reasons, devil’s claw supplements have been studied as a potential remedy for inflammatory-related conditions, such as arthritis and gout. In addition, it has been proposed to reduce pain and may support weight loss.
You can find devil’s claw supplements in the form of concentrated extracts and capsules, or ground into a fine powder. It’s also used as an ingredient in various herbal teas.
Possible side effects include:
- The most common side effect is diarrhea. Other side effects may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, headaches, ringing in the ears, loss of appetite, and loss of taste. Devil's claw may also cause allergic skin reactions, menstrual problems, and changes in blood pressure.
- Pregnancy: Devil's claw is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when used during pregnancy. It might harm the developing fetus. Avoid use.
- Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if devil's claw is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
- Heart problems, high blood pressure, low blood pressure: Devil's claw may affect heart rate, heartbeat, and blood pressure. It might harm people with disorders of the heart and circulatory system. If you have one of these conditions, talk with your healthcare provider before starting devil's claw.
- Diabetes: Devil's claw might lower blood sugar levels. Using it along with medications that lower blood sugar might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor blood glucose levels closely. Your healthcare provider might need to adjust your dose of diabetes medications.
- Gallstones: Devil's claw might increase bile production. This could be a problem for people with gallstones. Avoid using devil's claw.
- Low levels of sodium in the body: Devil's claw might decrease levels of sodium in the body. This might worsen symptoms in people who already have low levels of sodium.
- Peptic ulcer disease (PUD): Since devil's claw might increase the production of stomach acids This might harm people with stomach ulcers. Avoid using devil's claw.
As always make sure you are using organic herbs as pesticides are toxic and always take normal doses, excessive amounts of anything is not good for you.
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