Diseases Arthritis, gout, tendonitis, gout, back pain, diabetes, osteoarthritis
Beneficial Anti-inflammatory, analgesic
The harpagophytum or commonly devil's claw, is a herbaceous and creeping plant that can grow up to one meter and fifty in length. It consists of lignified roots that can reach a weight of one kilo five. The leaves of the harpagophytum are green in color and pointed in appearance. While the flowers are ample and a beautiful purplish red. As for the fruit of the harpagophytum, it would be more related to well hooked claws which allow it to cling to the animals which brush against them and thus ensure their dissemination. These are the tuberous roots that are used for medicinal purposes and their flavor is sweet.
Harpagophytum is a plant that has a predilection for dry and hot climates, located especially in Africa in its desert regions and more precisely in the Kalahari desert as well as in the steppes of Namibia and still Madagascar. But we also find harpagophytum on the side of Botswana and throughout the south of this African continent. He is able to specify that the popularity of the harpago is such that the capital of Namibia, Windhoek gave it one of these common names.
Harpagophytum its composition
Harpagophytum consists mainly of the most significant bitter principles with beta-sitosterol, but also irridoid glucosides with harpagoside, as well as harpagoquinone, phenylpropanoids, and phytosterols, flavonoids, triterpenes, unsaturated fatty acids with cinnamic and chlorogenic acid.
And finally, it includes sugars, minerals with calcium, phosphorus, but also magnesium and potassium, as well as iron and copper and silicon. As well as many vitamins, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B9 and vitamin B12, but also vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Harpagophytum and its medicinal properties
Did you know that it is extremely coveted by the biggest pharmaceutical companies for its therapeutic virtues.
Joint, muscle, skeleton:
Harpagophytum is a plant that focuses its medicinal properties on the joints such as chondroitin and glucosamine , and all the disorders and inconveniences that revolve around the articular system and in the degeneration of the locomotor system.
It should be noted that harpagophytum is approved by ESCOP, as well as the German Commission E as being a first-rate analgesic and anti-inflammatory and without any side effects on the entire joint, muscle, and the skeleton.
Harpagophytum and Joints will relieve athletes and the elderly and relieve damaged cartilage. < / p>
Several studies have made it possible to verify the analgesic and anti-inflammatory power of harpagophytum in lumbar pain, but also in everything related to arthritis problems (arthritis) and osteoarthritis, in tendonitis in athletes and also in rheumatism. In addition, it allows to bring joint flexibility and vitality of the most beneficial and salutary.
The ESCOP and the German Commission E have certified the virtues of harpagophytum in the recovery and treatment of dyspepsia, but especially in many diseases that affect the liver but also the kidneys, gall bladder and bladder .
Several clinical studies over long periods (3 years), have shown the effectiveness of in relieving intestinal pain, but in the same way in the disorders of constipation or diarrhea and in the symptoms of gas. By its effect of stimulating and regulating digestion, harpagophytum reduces gastrointestinal, hepatic and renal disorders such as heartburn, but also concerns about the evacuation of uric acid which causes, among other things, gout .
In many other areas, it excels thanks to its cholesterol regulation for the fight against diabetes and the hardening of the arteries but also for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory actions with menstruation disorders, headaches (headaches). head), it is said that when applied externally, it treats wounds, and other skin lesions like boils and ulcers.
Harpago other uses
The name devil's claw is said to come from a legend which tells that when animals injured themselves with the quills of the harpagophytum, they started to jump and to agitate furiously which resembled a devilish frenzied dance. Harpagophytum comes in capsules, herbal teas, powder.