Devil's Club - Oplopanax Horridus

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This Devil's club (Oplopanax horridus) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Devil's Club - Oplopanax horridus in the Araliaceae or Ginseng family

Parts used: Root.

Taste/smell: Woodsy, earthy smell and taste, sweetish.

Tendencies: Cooling, stimulating, supportive.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping teaspoon of finely cut herb per cup of water, infused for 25-30 minutes; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: The mental picture includes worn out, timid individuals who lack mental and emotional strength and vitality. The individuals cannot adapt to stressful situations and feel oppressed and unable to stand up for themselves. This herb lends a sense of invigoration and strength on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.

Use: (a) Adaptogen, (b) Immunomodulator

There is no research to show this herb is an adaptogen. However, I use it to help the body adapt to stressful situations, from either internal or external causes. I use it in drop doses for people who are timid, fearful, intimidated, have been through some sort of trauma, shock or stress. I use it similar to how people use the product called "Rescue Remedy." This plant gives mental and emotional strength and helps to invigorate the person when they feel defeated and unable to stand up for themselves.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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