L'claw of the dragonand theplantwhich in botany is known asHarpagophytum procumbens. It develops mainly in the southern areas of Africa. In Africa it is also widespread in Namibia, Botswana and north of the Kalahari regions. There plant ofclaw of the dragonis originally from South Africa, the first European imports date back to the settlers of the old continent who, returning home, brought the roots of the plant for cultivation and especially for the treatment of arthritis and other joint pains.
L'Devil's clawis a climbing, herbaceous perennial plant. It has shoots that originate from a tuberous root that adheres to the earth. The name "Devil's claw"it is given to the presence of bristly and resistant hooks at the level of the root system. The leaves are erect, petiolate, fleshy and lobed. At the time of flowering, the plant has showy flowers that emerge from the leaf axils. The flowers are purplish-purple in color and give life to woody, jagged fruits that are also equipped with hooks that resemble sharp claws.
The devil's claw plant belongs to the Pedaliaceae family, so to speak, the same family as sesame.
Cultivating the devil's claw plant
L'Devil's clawit can be considered an easy to grow medicinal plant. It can be very decorative, especially at the time of flowering. In the garden it can be used as a ground cover plant but keep in mind that its name was not chosen at random: the fruits have thorns that stinging passing animals, cause pain by making themjump like real demons!
In our climate, it must be kept away from night frosts, so find a location that allows the plant a prolonged sun exposure and protection from the wind. The plant does not need watering which must be granted only in summer and only in particularly dry periods. It prefers sandy and well-drained soils. It develops very quickly and cultivation can begin with sowing in the spring.
Devil's claw properties and contraindications
For the active ingredients, side effects and properties of devil's claw extracts, I refer you to the pages:
1. Devil's claw, contraindications
2. Devil's claw, property
The applications of the dragon's claw plant
Given the properties, the applications of the devil's claw plant they are numerous, especially in the context of herbal medicine. Ointments, creams, gels, tablets… there are many preparations based on extracts from the root of the plantHarpagophytum procumbens. Here are some examples:
Devil's Claw - Gel 100 ml
Offered on Amazon at a price of about € 15.90 including shipping costs. This gel is formulated in a high concentration of extracts from the root of the devil's claw plant. 10% plant extract recommended to relieve joint and muscle pain. Indicated for the treatment of local pain in the joints of the hands, knees or back. The method of use is simple: apply the gel on the area to be treated, 1 to 3 times a day, massaging until the ointment is completely absorbed.
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