Joint pain, lack of flexibility? You no longer really trust the chemical compounds present in medicines, and would like to find a treatment method that suits you better? Nowadays, more and more people are turning to natural remedies to treat themselves, to relieve their ailments; it is in this spirit of returning to nature that other paramedical trends such as phytotherapy and naturopathy are developing. Know that a plant is known worldwide for its medicinal use and its effectiveness on joint problems, it is the harpagophytum root, more commonly known as Windhoek root or Devil’s Claw.
What is harpagophytum?
Pretty wild plant mauve corollary, it belongs to the botanical family of Pedaliaceae. Doesn’t the scientific name mean anything to you? It’s the same family as the sesame you know so well. This plant, better known as Windhoek Root, comes to us straight from South Africa where it grows in hot and arid regions. Since settlers introduced it to the West, we have been able to test its health benefits and recognize its health benefits. Since then, its production has continued to increase, since we export it by thousands of tons, so much so that it has become an endangered botanical species.
Several scientific studies have demonstrated its effectiveness as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, so that a food supplement based on this plant competes perfectly with the synthetic molecules found in drugs, chemical compounds, with proven adverse effects.
Its medicinal qualities on the health of the joints
Traditionally, African healers used it to reduce pain during childbirth, to treat fever or even to relieve migraine headaches, so its pain-relieving properties are no longer in question.
Moreover, very well known and used by athletes, this medicinal root, 100% natural, is their ally to prevent muscle cramps, or even to reduce their tendon pain. They sometimes use it for more serious injuries such as ligament or tendon ruptures to recover more quickly.
You will have understood it, this root is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which, thanks to the active principles of glocuridoids, and harpagoside, in particular, ensures the good articulatory functioning. Chronic illnesses such as arthrosis and rheumatism, as well as tendonitis, produce daily pain that turns into a real handicap; these are all articular inconveniences that find a solution in food supplements based on this Windoek root. Studies have shown that its absorption or decoctions improve joint mobility, ensure better flexibility of the limbs and provide beneficial muscle relaxation. Moreover, by eliminating uric acid, it is also beneficial in the treatment of gout. At the end of a cure, you will feel a very clear improvement, provided that you choose your food supplement carefully! Indeed, it must contain enough harpagoside, the indispensable active ingredient, to treat pain.
The other medicinal properties of this plant: also detoxifying and stimulating.
This root has many other benefits! While its anti-inflammatory action obviously also works on sprains, torticollis, back pain such as lumbago or sciatica, it is also detoxifying and stimulating.
Purifying for the beauty of the skin
Used preventively, it protects the skin, but it can also treat it for inconveniences for which certain medicines are ineffective or very restrictive: think of skin irritations or inflammations such as acne, psoriasis, and other skin irritations or inflammations. In winter, it will be your ideal asset to help prevent or heal frostbite and cracks.
Excellent immune stimulant for your health
Very good immune stimulant, it has a detoxifying role on blood, liver, because this plant has purifying properties for the body and even provides well-being by acting on digestion disorders. Have confidence in these digestive virtues, since in Africa it is the essential ally to manage digestive pain, indigestion and even poisoning, that is to say how purifying it is for the body!
Its possible side effects
Because it gives rise to fruits that end in curved hooks, this plant is also known as Devil’s Claw. Not a very reassuring name? Yet, have no fear. Compared to the notorious side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs, such as stomach aches, which often wreak havoc on your health, Devil’s Claw causes very few side effects. However, there are a few cases that it is better to know about to protect yourself: consuming this root could cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach aches, and sometimes headaches and dizziness in some people. However, all this is really on the fringe.