Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are widely used to relieve chronic inflammation and crippling pain such as in the back or knees, but they do have long-term side-effects.
Herbal substances can offer a healthy alternative to these drugs, the most effective option being Harpagophytum procumbens
However, for maximum efficacy:
• scientifically-supported active substances must be taken at high enough doses;
• and the extract must be obtained via a specific extraction process in order to guarantee optimal purity.
, also known as Devil’s Claw, is a plant found in the desert regions of South Africa where it flowers for just one day of the year.
It is the plant of choice for the relief of severe pain such as in the lower back and that caused by arthritis.
Its efficacy comes from its active principles – harpagosides. Super Harpagophytum is an extract of Harpagophytum
highly standardised in harpagosides, producing optimal effects.
Taking 1000mg/day of this extract provides 200mg of total harpagosides, which is well above that usually available, but in line with levels used in clinical studies.
For acute lower back or chronic arthritis pain, it should be taken at this dose until significant improvements are seen. It can also be combined with Super Gingerols
, Infla Relief Formula
in order to optimise its effects.
Many other properties
has other beneficial effects:
• it increases production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione and catalases, and is thus an excellent antioxidant which protects against cellular damage induced by excess free radicals;
Safe, optimal extraction technique
• its bitter principles stimulate digestion;
• it may have a mild hypotensive effect and prevent cardiac arrhythmia.
The specific way in which Super Harpagophytum is collected differs from normal harvesting methods. It is a highly delicate technique carried out by Bushmen from the Khwe community which protects the main root of the plant from damage, enabling it to regenerate. KhweHarpagophytum
is therefore the product of established and sustainable cultivation.
The effect ofHarpagophytum
is progressive and it is therefore advisable to take four capsules a day, two in the morning and two in the evening, for a minimum of three months. The effect will endure as long as Harpagophytum
Long-term supplementation with Super Harpagophytum is well-tolerated by the body, producing neither side-effects nor dependency.
Only pregnant women, nursing mothers or those taking anticoagulants should avoid this plant, since at high doses, it could increase the effect of anticoagulant drugs.