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Starting at: $10.50Latin (botanical) name: Harpagophytum procumbens
Common names: Devil's Claw,Grapple Plant, Wood Spider
Plant Description: Devil's Claw is a plant that is found in large parts of Southern Africa, primarily in the Kalahari Sands of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Angola and to a lesser extent, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Its tubers grow off its tap root and are shaped like elongated sweet potatoes. From the flowers grow woody, sharply curved, sticky, barbed fruits, which give Devil’s Claw its name. The plant spreads about 18" and has tubular pinkish white flowers which may have purple or yellow spots. The leaves are large and heart-shaped. Although the name comes from the fruit, the part of the plant used for its medicinal value is the tuber. Learn More
$4.95Ground Leaves & Stems of Bogota Horsetail.
Ground tea leaves: 85 gr. (net wt) Makes Nearly 2 Gallons of Tea (Using 11 g. or approx 1/3 cup to make one quart)
Latin (botanical) Name: Equisetum bogotense Kunth
Summarized Description: Cola de Caballo is one of our native traditionals, and although originating from the Andes of South America, it has, over the past century, been naturalized to many places around the world. (If you research this plant on the internet, please don't confuse it with the famous tourist spot of the same name in Nuevo Leon, Mexico!)
As while we're talking about potential confusion, note that this variety of horsetail that we sell should not be confused with E. giganteum -- a horsetail of the same genus possessing similar medicinal properties . . . This product can be used as tea using the instructions below, and it also lends itself to encapsulation by experienced end users. Learn More
$9.95Ground Root & Inner Bark of Uña de Gato (Cat's Claw)
Ground bark: 85 gr. (net wt) Makes 4 Gallons of Tea (Using 20 g. or approx 2/3 cup to make one gallon)
Latin (botanical) Name: Unicaria tormentosa
Summarized Description: Cat's Claw is one of our traditionals. The term "Cat's claw" is the common name for a several plants, so for the purposes of this page (and the representation of the product sold), it is meant to refer to the root and inner back of Peruvian U. tormentosa of the "pentacyclic variety," which is widely believed to be more medicinally active.
Leslie Taylor claims that "Cat's claw (U. tormentosa) has been used medicinally by the Arguaruna, Ashaninka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes in Peru for at least 2,000 years" (1) -- a claim that Dr. James Duke finds dubious (2). In my work work with shamans, herbalists, and "curenderos" in both Ecuador and Peru, however, I can testify to its importance. One widely respected shaman and herbalist in Provincia de Napo who I became friends with in 2008 told me that few herbalists in his area of the Ecuadorean Amazon do not employ this plant as one of their tools for treating a wide variety of cancers. Learn More