(Martynia parviflora or Prohoscidea parviflora)-also called the unicorn plant. A coarse, low-growing annual with large, shallowly lobed leaves. All parts of the plant are covered with coarse, sticky hairs. The seedpods turn black at maturity and each is characterized by a long, slightly curved extension of its tip. The plants grows at elevations of 1000 to 5000 feet and ranges from western Texas to southern Nevada.

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... In the western world, devil''s claw is promoted mainly for the treatment of osteoarthritis and related conditions such as tendonitis. In both laboratory and human studies, a chemical called harpagoside, one of the active ingredients in devil''s claw, has been shown to have slight to moderate anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation -- the body''s response to irritation, injury, or infection -- generally results in pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the damage. It can occur within body tissues as well as on the surface of the skin. Although the exact ways that devil''s claw may reduce inflammation are not understood completely, it is believed that harpagoside and other chemicals in devil''s claw may block enzymes that initiate and prolong inflammatory responses. Devil''s claw may also promote the release of natural body chemicals that oppose inflammation. Results from animal and human studies have been inconclusive, however, and much more research is needed to prove or disprove the potential anti-inflammatory properties of devil''s claw. ...
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