Essential Minerals

“Essential Minerals” with Harpagophytum, Bamboo, Erigeron canadensis and Mollusc shell

  • Description
    • Harpagophytum (Devil’s Claw) is a plant genus in the sesame family, native to southern Africa. It owes its common name “Devil’s Claw” to the peculiar appearance of its hooked fruit. The plant’s large tuberous roots are used to reduce pain and fever, and to stimulate digestion. European colonists brought devil’s claw to Europe where it has been used to treat arthritis.
    • Bamboo is a flowering perennial evergreen plant in the grass family Poaceae. Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world. In South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia Bamboos are used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product. High-quality bamboo is stronger than steel. In its native region bamboo has been used medicinally since ancient times.
    • Erigeron Canadensis (Horseweed) is an annual plant native throughout most of North America and Central America. Common names include Canadian Horseweed. It can be found in fields, meadows, and gardens.
    • Mollusc shell is a calcareous exoskeleton which encloses, supports and protects the soft parts of an animal in the phylum mollusca, which includes snails, clams, tusk shells, and several other classes. Not all shelled molluscs live in the sea, many live on the land and in freshwater.

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  • Potential virtues
    • Devil’s Claw is recognised to have analgesic, sedative and diuretic properties. This herbal drug is referred to in the European Pharmacopoeia. It is a commonly used component of a number of preparations and dietary supplements for its anti-rheumatic effects. Devil’s Claw is used against atherosclerosis, arthritis, gout, muscle pain (myalgia), back pain, tendonitis, chest pain, gastrointestinal upset or heart burn, fever, and migraine headache. It is also used for difficulties in childbirth, menstrual problems, allergic reactions, loss of appetite, and kidney / bladder diseases
    • Bamboo is considered cooling, calming, and phlegm resolving. The shaved young shoots, the resin (both fluid and dried), and the leaves are all of medicinal value, with slightly differing applications. Tabasheer (also called bamboo-manna or bamboo silica) is one of the main substances from bamboo used in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine as it is very rich in silica. Its properties include: stimulant, astringent, febrifuge, tonic, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac. Silica helps to stimulate synthesis of collagen in bones, tissular and conjunctive tissue and thus allows remineralisation of bones and joints and facilitates the formation of cartilage. This allows for the recovery of mobility and the decrease in pain connected with joint diseases. It helps maintaining the elasticity of arterial walls and combats atherosclerosis. It also helps maintaining the elasticity of the skin and acts against wrinkles and stretch marks.
    • Horseweed is a traditional North American herbal medicine that used to be boiled to make steam for sweat lodges or taken as a snuff to stimulate sneezing during the course of a cold. Nowadays, it is valued most for its astringency, being used in the treatment of gastro-intestinal problems such as diarrhoea and dysentery. It is said to be a very effective treatment for bleeding haemorrhoids. The whole plant is antirheumatic, astringent, balsamic, diuretic, emmenagogue, styptic, tonic and vermifuge. It is particular rich in flavones and tannins. It is traditionally used to treat rheumatism and inflammatory joint pains.
    • Mollusc shells are very rich in calcium and are used in phytotherapy to help remineralisation.


  • I typically prescribe “Essential Minerals” composition to strengthen bones and articulations; notably
    • To treat rheumatic and articulation pain, notably osteoarthritis and gout
    • To treat osteoporosis and discus vertebral hernia
    • To support bone and cartilage build up


  • Recommended basic treatment
    • Take 2 capsules 3 times a day with a large glass of water before meals (morning, midday, evening)
    • Essential Minerals is not recommended for children and for persons suffering from a wound after an injury or surgery. Every treatment must be supervised by a professional practitioner especially if the patient is suffering from gallstones or cardiovascular disorders.
    • Diabetic persons must monitor their blood sugar levels since devil’s claw could reduce the rate of blood glucose.
    • The effects of silica can increase those drugs that thin the blood.