Occasionally, in the middle of mixing a bowl of dried tea leaves, herbs, spices, and roots during the development of another tea recipe, we realize that we are are basically modern-day witches. Luckily, we’re in a time that isn’t going to test whether we sink or float when tossed into the river for our conjuring of performance enhancing teas, so we’re stoked to share when we’ve discovered some unique ingredient that adds additional benefits to our blends. Add another layer of suspicion to our black magic inclinations when we tell you that one of these special ingredients found in our Recovery Blend is called Devil’s Claw.
Now, before you start erecting that stake in the town square, let us explain exactly what Devil’s Claw is and how it can help you recover faster with less inflammation. Devil’s Claw is an herb that is native to Africa and it’s roots and tubers have been harvested for centuries for use in treating inflammation and chronic pain. It was named for the appearance of its fruit, which have hooks, that attach themselves to animals in order to spread its seeds. You see, not quite as ominous as the name suggests.
In 1997, and again in 2001, experiments demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of Devil's Claw, suggesting that Devil's Claw extract might have anti-inflammatory properties on the skeletal system. Devil's Claw exerts anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects by suppressing cyclooxygenase-2 and iNOS expressions. Nowadays, it is believed that Devil's Claw Extract may offer benefits on inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, rheumatism, acne, skin allergies, and ulcers.
In several studies, Devil's Claw extract offers benefits of anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in dose-dependent fashions. The main irridoid glycoside of Devil's Claw appear to play an important role in the peripheral analgesic activites. Devil's Claw extract with at least 50 mg harpagoside in the daily dosage may help pain management. Researchers believes that Devil's Claw extract treatment may have less side effects compared to the treatment with synthetic analgesics. In a nutshell, Devil’s Claw can help relieve pain with less side-effects than your standard pain relieving medicine.
Treatment of Musculoskeletal Degenerative Diseases
Harpagoside of Devil's Claw is able to interfere with the mechanisms that regulate the influx of calcium in the smooth muscle cells. It is recommended to use Devil's Claw as a supportive treatment for degenerative painful rheumatism, as Devil's Claw has benefits of analgesic, antiphlogistic and anti-inflammatory actions. A 4-week randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study of patients with muscular tension at back, shoulder and neck shows the beneficial effects of Devil's Claw extract on sensory, motor and vascular mechanisms of muscle pain. We realize that unless you’re in that stage in life where you’re reviewing Retirement Home pamphlets, you may not give a rat’s ass about musculoskeletal degeneration. But you’ll be thanking us when you do get there and you’ve had your cup of Recovery Tea every day for the last few decades and you can still survival shuffle your way through a half marathon.