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Devil's Claw
(Harpagophytum procumbens) aka - Grapple Plant

Devil’s Claw is found in the Namibian steppes and the nearby Kalahari Desert of South Africa. Its name comes from the thorny, barbed claw arrangement of the seed-pod. The root prepared as a tea is highly valued by the Namibian natives who use it for a wide variety of ailments, including arthritis, rheumatism and gout. Rheumatic patients when taking Devil’s Claw tea, find that the tea has to be taken for awhile before its beneficial effects are seen, depending on the severity of the rheumatism. It is a valuable plant for the treatment of arthritis very likely due to containing a glycoside called ‘harpagoside’ that reduces inflammation in the joints. This plant also aids in liver and gallbladder problems. Devil’s Claw also reportedly helps prevent and lessen hardening of the veins and arteries, helping them remain elastic.

Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Devil’s Claw may provide relief from:

• Arteriosclerosis
• Arthritis, RA
• Bladder Imbalances
• Blood Impurities
• Diabetes
• Gout
• Liver Issues
• Gallbladder Problems

Devil's Claw

  • Properties: Alterative, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-lithic, Anti-rheumatic, Blood Purifier, Diuretic, Lithotriptic, Stimulant Primary nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium, silicon, sodium, Vitamins A and C, zinc
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