Devil’s Claw (harpagophytum procumbens)
Parts used: Root
If you’ve ever seen a picture of Devil’s claw, it is a beautiful flower. I’m one of those people that don’t believe in the term “weed”. Except when I’m trying to grow my garden, of course. 🙂 Just kidding. This is another one of those herbs with a surprising amount of healing potential and is beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, liver & kidney problems and even the bladder. It is native to Africa and has been used for centuries as a “cure” for old age.
As an herb, it’s properties are similar to chaparral, so it cleans deeply into the muscle and tissue walls. Devil’s claw is a natural analgesic and it has the ability to purge the system of toxic impurities.
Herbalists recommend using a decoction of Devil’s Claw regularly in order to soften vascular walls to make them more elastic and strengthen them. Herbalists also recommend healthy people to use Devil’s Claw once a year (typically in the spring) in order to clean out the kidneys, liver, bladder, lymph nodes and the blood.
Arteriosclerosis, arthritis, bladder, blood purifier, cholesterol, diabetes, gallstones, gout, kidneys, liver diseases, malaria, rheumatism, stomach disorders