|Does Devil's Claw Help With Pain Management? |
Devil's claw is a native South African herb, which is scientifically referred to as Harpagophytum procumbens. It gets the name from its fruits' tiny hooks. Devil's claw has historically been used in the treatment of kidney and liver problems, pain, malaria and fever. It is used in topical ointments to help in healing boils, sore and other skin complications. Devil's claw was first introduced in Europe in the early 1900s, where its dried roots were used as appetizers, heartburn and pain relievers as well as the reduction of inflammatory reactions. Devil's claw is today being used as a pain reliever, particularly lower back pain, to fight inflammatory reactions or arthritis related pains. Both test tubes and animal studies have suggested that devil's claw may aid in fighting inflammation. It is widely used in Germany and France.
Devil's claw has no odor but possesses materials that make it a little bitter. It is perennial and leafy with branching shoots and roots. Its secondary roots, referred to as tubers, usually originate from the main roots. The tubers and roots are usually used as medicine.
The therapeutic values of the plant are backed by several scientific researches. The major components of Devil's Claw are flavonoids, amino acids, steroids (particularly harpagosid and beta- sitosterol), carbohydrates (such as fructose and glucose) among others. This plant is not usually used in foods, however, it's very important for its tonic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and sedative properties.
In the past, Devil's claw was used as a very effective natural painkiller and analgesic, particularly for the reduction of pains associated with tendinitis, osteoarthritis or other related conditions. There are also a number of other health-related benefits of this plant.
Its dry roots have been widely used to reduce infections, digestion complications, restore appetite, or help relieve any unwanted signs of pregnancy, such as nausea, pains, and morning sickness. One of the most essential benefits of this plant is its ability to relieve arthritis-related pains. Studies conducted before showed that it is effective in reducing pain in the lower back. Due to its analgesic properties, Devil's is a very productive herb that helps patients with rheumatic ailments, arthritis, herniated disks, strains and other problems of the lower back.
This natural remedy can also be used to treat many different health complications like high blood pressure, sore muscles, elevated heart rates, gall bladder problems, high cholesterol levels, kidney problems, heartburn, fever, pains, dyspepsia, dry mouth, anorexia among many others. The tropical ointment, known as devil's claw infusions, is applied topically in the treatment of mild skin ailments such as bruises, ulcers, burns, boils or cuts.
To enjoy the health benefits mentioned above, you should seek advice from a health care expert before beginning any kind of therapy that involves the use of this medicinal herb as it may interfere with the action of other prescription medicines.
Devil's claw is usually available in the form of fresh or dried root supplements and as tablets, capsules, topical ointments and liquid extracts. Teas, which are basically infusions, may be made from its dried roots.