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Date: 2001-05-08 17:02:00 UTC
Subject: what more I could find on Devil's Club aka anal? me?

From: TANSY [mailto:tansy@p...]
Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2001 1:36 AM
To: ferrethealthlist@y...

Okay guys I ran Devil's Club, oplopanax horridum, through a couple search
engines , including Medline. Never did find that darn rat study....but I did
learn some interesting stuff which makes how it works more understandable.

Devil's Club is actually part of the ginseng family. This family of herbs
are considered adaptogen herbs which are characterized by minimal toxicity,
have general actions, and what they do is normalize whatever imbalance there
is that is causing a pathological state. So, if the blood sugar is too high
(diabetes) they will lower it, if it is too low (hypoglycemia) they will
increase it.

Obviously, the other members of the ginseng family have been better studied,
e.g. Siberian, Panax, etc. It would be nice to see a better study of our own
variety here in the States and Canada. It has however been used extensively
by Native Americans in this country, especially in the Northwest, and was
referred to as one of the "top 5" efficacious herbs used by Native Americans
in this country.

I copied some of the info I found below, with the URL's included. Hope this
is of some help to folks, and a the very least allays some fears in it's


1)Devil's Club root
Oplopanax horridum PRODUCT
Balances sugar metabolism. Stops the lust for sweets and binge eating.
Beneficial for diet management and in candida. Works as a reliable and safe
expectorant, increasing mucus secretions, initiating productive coughing,
softening hardened bronchial mucus that occurs in deep chest colds. For
rheumatoid arthritis and other auto immune problems, while decreasing
extreme swings in the hypothalamus / pituitary area. For adult onset
diabetes, and hypoglycemia.

2)Devil's Club: all
(Oplopanax horridum)
This herb is used as a blood sugar stabilizing agent. It is used routinely
in the treatment of diabetes as a natural alternative to insulin.

3)Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridum) Pancreatic tonic, blood sugar regulator,
increases endurance

4)DEVIL’S CLUB ROOT BARK: (Oplopanax Horridum)
This herb is primarily used as a blood sugar stabilizing agent. It is used
routinely in the treatment of diabetes as a natural alternative to insulin.

5)IBIS Therapeutics Sample: Hypoglycemia

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definition and etiology
definition: An abnormally low blood glucose, below 50 mg/dl.
etiology: There are two types of hypoglycemia: reactive (after a meal or
drugs) or spontaneous (during a fast). Reactive hypoglycemia is the most
common of the two and typically occurs 2-4 hours post-prandially.
<major snippage here...can read the link, interesting>

pancreatic botanicals for hypoglycemia:
* Glycyrrhiza glabra
* Hydrastis canadensis
* Juniperus communis
* Oplopanax horridum
* Periwinkle spp.
* Phaseolus vulgaris
* Rubus idaeus
* Taraxacum officinale (root)
* Vaccinium corymbosum or myrtillus. (All above from NCNM Botanicals)

6)Hypothalamic-Pituitary Agents and Adaptogenic Herbs


Hypothalamic-Pituitary Agents and Adaptogenic Herbs

According to the original definition, adaptogen herbs are characterized by
minimal toxicity, have generalized actions, and have normalizing effects
whatever the direction of the pathological state. Adaptogens are commonly
considered to increase the ability to deal with a wide range of stressors,
an action thought to be mediated via the
limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

The widely studied adaptogens include Panax ginseng (Chinese/Korean Ginseng)
and Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian ginseng). Several other herbs have
been shown to have anti-stress, anti-fatigue and general
neuroendocrinological effects, some of which have been little studied.

overview of interactions:
• herbal support: Chemotherapy

• herbal synergy: Gynecological

• herbal synergy: Hypotensive and Bradycardic Herbs

• herbs affecting drug performance: Sulfonylureas

• herbal synergy: Sympathomimetic Herbs

• herbal synergy: Vasodilator Herbs

• herbal synergy: Xanthine-containing Herbs


herbal support: Chemotherapy
The adaptogens may have beneficial interactions with cytotoxic drugs,
increasing the ability to withstand chemotherapy. They have also been shown
to improve resistance to radiation exposure.

herbs affecting drug performance: Sulfonylureas
Several adaptogenic herbs can lower blood sugar and therefore may interact
with concurrent hypoglycemic drug therapy. See Panax ginseng.

herbal synergy:
Adaptogenic herbs are used to synergize with herbs in the following groups
in the herbal treatment of hypertension:
• Hypotensive and Bradycardic Herbs
• Vasodilator Herbs

herbal synergy:
Indirect interaction with other herbs may take place through various
antagonistic physiologic herb action mechanisms including:
• Sympathomimetic Herbs (possible hypertension)
• Xanthine-containing Herbs

herbal synergy:
Adaptogenic herbs have mild estrogenic effects which may synergize with
phytoestrogenic herbs see:
• Gynecological Herbs

Common adaptogenic herbs:
• Centella asiatica (Gotu kola)
• Eleutherococcus senticosus (Siberian Ginseng)
• Panax ginseng (Korean Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng)

Restricted and unusual herbs with adaptogenic activity:
• Oplopanax horridum (Devil's Club)
• Panax quinquefolium (American Ginseng)
• Tribulus terrestris (Puncture Vine)
• Withania somnifera (Ashwaganda)


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7)Devil's Club
Immune system booster*regulates blood sugar levels*helpful for diabetes &
Ingredients: (Oplopanax horridum) [fresh root bark] WC
Not for use in pregnancy

8)Devil's Club Oplopanax horridum.
Organs: Spleen, lungs.
Chinese energetics: acrid, bitter, cool.
The root bark of Devil's Club can be used specifically for regulating blood
sugar, without major side effects. Yin tonic. The dose is 3-9 grams root
bark decocted in 300 ml water. Also used as an alterative by Native
Americans, as well as to treat arthritis, constipation, arthritis and
rheumatism. The whole root was carried as a protective charm.

9)Constituents and actions3
The chemical components of this plant are not identified but it has been
known as a powerful medicinal agent for many generations. In modern times