Information About Devil's Claw
Devil’s Claw Plant Info: Tips On Growing Proboscidea Devil’s Claw
By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Devil's claw is native to the southern United States. It is so-called because of the fruit, a long, curved horn with pointed ends. What is devil's claw? Learn more about it in this article.
Tips for Growing Devil's Ivy
Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), also called golden pothos or pothos, is a tropical, evergreen vine native to the Solomon Islands that may be grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 12 or indoors as a hardy, carefree houseplant in any zone. In USDA zone 9b, the plant may freeze to the ground in winter, but usually resprouts in spring. Devil's ivy's growing needs, indoors or out, are basic and it's relatively pest- and disease-free, so even black-thumbed gardeners should find success with it. In fact, the plant thrives on neglect.
The top 10 most common winter illnesses
Also known as the winter vomiting bug - when people are ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, it's important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk
Protect your back at work
If you spend your 9-5 sat at a desk, your inactivity could be causing you pain.
One of the UK’s leading Physiotherapists, Richard Evans recommends assessing your workspace to promote good back health.
He said: "Change your posture regularly. Regardless of how healthy your work posture is, sitting in any one position for an extended period is not healthy.
"If you have an adjustable chair, alternate between the following positions: Sit upright. Keep your torso roughly vertical, your thighs horizontal, and your lower legs vertical."
Switch up your pain relief
If you’re worried about staying alert, try long-lasting topical alternative to medication.
GP, Roger Henderson recommends, using a pain relief patch like Salonpas, with can be applied directly and discreetly to the site of pain.
He said: "We experience numerous sprains and strains a year as a nation and we always welcome new ways of treating the painful symptoms. Unlike other patches, Salonpas ( £4.99 for 2 patches, available from Boots.com) has pain relieving ingredients which provide targeted relief instead of just heating or cooling the skin."
A reported 8 in 10 people in the are UK suffering one or more bouts of lower back pain
Hold your head up
It’s not just your back you need to take care of. Drooping your head (and neck) forward puts strain on the muscles of your upper back.
Holding your head up (but not tilted back – your chin shouldn’t be sticking out or tucked in) will let your shoulders fall into place and reduce tension on your back.
BBC Health Correspondent and family GP Dr Sarah Jarvis advises: "Most everyday aches and pains only last until the underlying damage is healed and we often need a little relief just to help us through that period.
"Your pharmacist will be able to guide you if you’re not sure whether you need to see a doctor. Some pains such as muscle and joint pain or swelling are best treated with an anti-inflammatory tablet like Care Maximums Strength Ibuprofen Tablets (from £0.99, independent pharmacies).
"Some aches and pains respond well to topical products like Movelat gel or cream (£7.99 for 80g, from Boots) – speak to your pharmacist."
Complimentary treatments like Acupuncture can also help release pain and tension. Fine, sterile acupuncture needles are inserted painlessly into acupuncture points situated along channels within the body.
This triggers a healing response which corrects the imbalance and enables the person to feel a greater sense of well-being.
According to Maureen Cromey, acupuncturist and British Acupuncture Council member: "By stimulating different points on the body, acupuncture can be extremely beneficial for back pain, providing long term pain relief and reducing inflammation.
"Painkillers often numb the end symptom, mask the problem and don't address many of the combined underlying causes."
She added: "With traditional acupuncture we look at the root of the condition as well as the symptoms in order to try and promote longer term health and wellbeing. It's important to recognise that each patient is different and cases of chronic pain should be viewed in the context of the overall health of the individual."
Complimentary treatments like Acupuncture can also help release pain and tension
Spice things up
Natural supplements such as Devil’s Claw Root and Turmeric can also help to relieve back and joint and even arthritic discomfort.
One double-blind trial found that Devil’s Claw was helpful in reducing acute low back pain.
Another clinical trial found Devil’s Claw can be used to help reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis as effectively as the slow-acting analgesic / cartilage-protective drug diacerhein.
Cordless electric tillers
We've mentioned the restriction of an electrical cord, so what about cordless electric tillers? Batteries are getting more powerful, run times longer, and recharge times shorter. Are they a viable alternative?
Though cordless tools are making big inroads in many areas, at the time of writing there are very few cordless garden tillers on the market. They're comparable with mid-range corded models in terms of performance, though generally more expensive.
In exchange for the obvious freedom of not having a cord attached, you have to be prepared for just 45 minutes of run time, and a two to three hour wait for recharging. You could buy an additional battery, of course, but they aren't cheap.
It's a situation that's bound to change as battery technology improves, but the fact we were only able to feature one cordless model in our final selection reflects what's currently available.