MEDICINAL PLANTS IN CASE OF MUSCLE AND JOINT PAIN
DEVIL’S CLAW (Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) Dc.)
Harpagophytum Radix (devil’s claw)is a typical desert plant from the Kalahari. The plant has sparse foliage and a 1.5 m stalk which lies along the ground. The attractive flowers are red and trumpet-shaped.
The taproot goes very deep and is used for medicinal purposes, because it contains the most harpagoside. The side roots are harvested and cut into discs, dried and ground into powder, after which they can be extracted. Harpagoside possesses a strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. It is suitable for treatment of rheumatism, arthritis, knee injuries, tennis elbow, lower back pain, all muscle and joint pain and sporting injuries.
BLACK SPRUCE (Picea mariana (Miller) B.S.P.)
The contents of the needles have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect and reduce swelling. This is useful for treatment of muscle and joint pain, rheumatic and arthritic pain and all inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of the black spruce are very strong; the tree is one of the most efficient painkillers that aromatherapy has to offer!
TURMERIC (Curcuma longa)
Its effects are particularly beneficial for pain and chronic inflammation, such as rheumatism. It is also often useful in a sporting environment, for painful inflammation of muscles and joints caused by strain or injuries. Curcumin, the active ingredient, is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; it is bright yellow in colour. Pain relief comes quickly and is long-lasting, a highly valued attribute.
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