The, Devil 's Claw

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Deep in the jungles of South Africa lies a unique plant known locally there as the “devil 's claw.” The true scientific name is Harpagophytum precumbens though. At first, it has pretty blossoms that make it look like any other flower that is in the region. But once it produces seeds, it is easy to see how it got its name. Each variety is a little bit different, but all of their seeds look like long, sharp, talons stemming from the center of a small skull. The only other plant known to have seeds with the same morbid appearance is the snapdragon flower, which has seeds that also look like tiny skulls. The stories that have originated over devil 's claw have made it seem like it must be some kind evil plant, but that is far from the truth.…show more content…
Devil 's claw induces a state of relaxation, which is useful for women suffering from tension and anxiety during menopause. It is also helpful for those who are struggling to fall asleep at night because they can 't relax from the pain that they are in. And it can increase the sedative properties of stronger prescription pain relievers, so some use it together with them. Since it acts as a sedative, it shouldn 't be taken before operating heavy machinery though.

Some people also use supplements containing devil 's claw if they are suffering from an illness that makes it difficult for them to digest food properly. It is believed to be effective for this purpose because it reduces inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. And it also helps flush out any waste if someone is constipated.

Both animals and humans suffering from gout can use this herb for treating this condition too. Usually, people suffering from gout develop painful joints, which makes moving around very difficult. That is because their body can 't rid itself from the uric acid that is crystallizing around the joints. But this herb helps release some of it, which reduces the symptoms of the condition.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Unfortunately, some of the side effects of devil 's claw can be serious. So caution should be used when taking it. Although it reduces inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, it also causes internal bleeding. This happens most commonly in people who have other
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