Devil`s Claw Root
Item # TCG-131
Devil`s Claw Root (Harpagophytum procumbens) has a long history of traditional use within the medicinal practices of the native tribes within Southern Africa. The root, which has a distinct, claw-like appearance, is often allowed to dry in the sun before it is used to relieve pain, improve digestion and treat heartburn, reduce fever, ease headaches, and even help treat some allergies. As European explorers became acquainted with the root, it became quite popular among the English and the Dutch, and was used for treating arthritis.
In modern usage, Devil`s Claw Root is most recognized for relieving joint and muscle pain, and there have been multiple studies examining how it works. Scientists are still uncertain as to how exactly it functions, but they have shown that it does not function like a Cox-2 inhibitor, and therefore does not include the harmful side effects that can manifest in the cardiovascular system. Testing in Germany and France has revealed that Devil`s Claw Root can function as an anti-inflammatory, improving mobility and aiding pain relief.
Dog Grass Root
Item # TCG-132
Having a long history of use since classical Greece, Dog Grass Root (triticum repens) is known also known as a wide variety of common names, including wheat grass, couch grass, and witch grass. Indeed, it has become naturalized throughout the world, and is even widely considered a weed due to its invasive growth and the difficulty in removing them. However, there have been reports of sick dogs digging up the roots and eating them; an occurrence that perhaps led to the ancient Greeks and the medieval herbalists (who also used it as an incense in Northern Europe) that followed discovering that it was quite useful in treating infections of the urinary tract.
This practice has continued into the modern era, with herbalists generally recognizing Dog Grass Root as a diuretic that can sooth inflammation of mucosal linings, particularly those along the urinary tract. This can be useful in treating the pain of urinary infections and similar discomfort.
Item # TCG-133
Used for thousands of years as a spice, tonic and medicine, Dong Quai is perhaps most well known in China, Korea, and Japan, where the influence of traditional Chinese medicine has perhaps had the most impact. Within this tradition, it is often viewed as the Female ginseng as it is frequently utilized to balance and harmonize the female system. It is also believed to be of great influence of the meridians of the heart, liver and spleen as well as help strengthen Yin Energy.
Today, Dong Quai is still used for many of the traditional purposes, including menopause treatment, fertility treatment, and recovery from childbirth. In general, it is believe to be of help in regulating the menstrual cycle and otherwise be a useful ingredient in tonics intended to aid the health of women.