Devil's Claw Root (Harpagophytum Procumbens)


Also known as the devil's claw, wood spider, and grapple plant, harpagophytum procumbens is a native of the Kalahari and Savannah deserts of South-East Africa. This medicinal herb is well recognized in these regions as one effective for treating indigestion, malaria, and fever among others.

The main active ingredient in this medicinal herb is iridoids, sitosterol, and harpagoside which give it its properties. The herb is known for its bitter, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anodyne, and analgesic properties. The top medicinal uses to which Harpagophytum procumbens is applied are rheumatoid arthritis, pain relief, lupus, liver disease, gout, fibromyalgia, and cardiovascular diseases.

The herb is especially effective as a treatment of gout, osteoarthritis, and muscle pain/ injuries. In modern times it has been used by athletes for treating sports injuries. It can be used freely and without any worry by those with heart problems because one of the ingredients of this herb is not harmful to the heart.

People who suffer from ulcers, already take medication for heart or blood pressure, or are diagnosed diabetic should not use Harpagophytum procumbens without a doctor’s consult.

Recommended Dosage
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.

◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner. 

Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions

  1. Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
  3. Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
  4. Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.

    Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!

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