Taking care of joints with devil’s claw root

Originating from South Africa, the devil’s claw is a peculiar-looking plant with hooks that latch onto its fruit. Historically an alternative herbal medicine, early Europe extensively used devil’s claw root to treat arthritis. Indigenous people of South Africa used it to treat numerous disorders such as liver diseases, joint pains, and allergies. At present, most use devil’s claw root in the field of herbal medicine, and modern clinical trials generally support its positive effects.

Other alternate names for Devil’s Claw include grapple plant, garra del diablo, and griffe du diable. Its botanical name, Harpagophytum procumbens, comes from the Greek word for ‘hook plant.’

Devil’s claw root will truly benefit elderly people who suffer from body and joint pains since the herb aids in the relief of inflammation. The herb can also relieve people with heartburn, body pains, and appetite loss. Additionally, herbalists encourage the use of topical devil’s claw root ointments to people for treatment of sores, skin lesions and other skin problems.

Besides providing pain relief, this root has more medicinal effects. Listed below are the several health benefits of devil’s claw root:

  • Reduces joint pain

  • Relieves osteoarthritis

  • Relieves body pain

  • Treats upset stomach

  • Stimulates appetite

  • Relieves allergies

  • Soothes headaches

  • Heals sores

  • Treats ulcers

  • Treats boils and lesions

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Relieves tendinitis

  • Lowers uric acid levels

  • Relieves atherosclerosis

Devil’s claw root is most popular as a medicine for osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that affects millions around the world. The roots contain iridoids, which are chemicals that give the devil’s claw root its anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it also possesses an active ingredient called harpagoside, which reduces inflammation and joint pain. According to several scientific studies, the root is effective for spine, knee, and hip arthritis.

Evidence suggests that devil’s claw root also reduces mechanical lower back pain. Lower back pain, which affects a majority of adults, has no known cause. The use of devil’s claw root helps ease discomfort and tension in the muscles, relieving lower back pain.

The devil’s claw root aids in pain relief, as well as in digestion. In addition to being an analgesic, devil’s claw root also stimulates the appetite. It aids in digestion and increases the production of gastric secretions.

Since the wear and tear of the human body is generally unavoidable, the best course of action would be to slow it down as much as possible. Because of this, the health benefits of the devil’s claw root as regards treatment of age-related ailments make it an ideal herbal medicine.

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