harpagophytum procumbens

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Related to harpagophytum procumbens: devil's claw, Corydalis ambigua
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devil's claw

devil's claw

Mainly found in Africa, but starting to spread worldwide. Large tuberous roots are the part used medicinally for arthritis, rheumatism, fever, sore muscles, lower back pain, knee and hip pain, cleanse the lymph system, remove toxins from the blood, promotes secretion of stomach acid. Also used for gallbladder, kidney, menopause. Name comes from the scary evil alien shape of hooked fruit. Do not consume if take Warfarin or have gallstones or stomach ulcers.
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Efficacy and tolerance of Harpagophytum procumbens versus diacerhein in treatment of osteoarthritis.
Fleurentin et al., "An analytical study, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of Harpagophytum procumbens and Harpagophytum zeyheri" Planta Medica, vol.
Molecular targets of the antiinflammatory Harpagophytum procumbens (devil's claw): inhibition of TNF[??] and COX-2 gene expression by preventing activation of AP-1.
Jaroszewski, "Identification of major and minor constituents of Harpagophytum procumbens (devil's claw) using HPLCSPE-NMR and HPLC-ESIMS/APCIMS," Journal of Natural Products, vol.
The nutritional factors tested in above mentioned studies such as vitamins C, D, E, A, B, minerals (Zinc, Selenium, Boron), lipids (polyunsaturated fatty acids), and Plant extracts like flavonoid, bromelain, Rosa canina, Harpagophytum procumbens (devil's claw), Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis (cat's claw), Salix sp.
The peculiar claw-shaped growths covering the fruit of the devil's claw plant (Harpagophytum procumbens) leave no doubt as to how the plant got its name.
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) a plant native to Southern Africa, has historically been used in traditional medicine to treat a wide range of diseases and currently is widely employed as anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving natural remedy in Europe and other parts of the world.
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), an herb found in the desert regions of south and southeast Africa, offers a valuable story in sustainability and regional branding.
German researchers Chrubasik et al recently undertook a re-analysis of all their studies examining the impact of Harpagophytum procumbens and a proprietary extract of Salix on chronic lower back pain.
Boswellia (Boswellia serratta), bupleurum (Bupleurum spp.), cayenne (Capsicum frutescens), devil's claw root (Harpagophytum procumbens), feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), ginger (Zingiber officinale), turmeric (Curcuma longa), and yucca (Yucca baccata) have all been used to relieve joint pain and increase canine mobility and range of motion.
Harpagophytum procumbens: Harpagophytum is a moderately effective botanical analgesic.