Also known as Harpagophytum procumbens.
Introduction Devil's claw is native to South Africa, named because of its peculiar appearance. Its claw-like roots are used in medicines after they are chopped and allowed to dry in the sun for at least 3 days. The tribal herbal traditions of South Africa employed devil's claw to relieve pain and stimulate digestion. Devil's claw is one of the bitterest of all herbs, making a very good digestive stimulant. English and Dutch explorers traded for devil claw and sold it in Europe as a popular remedy for arthritis.
Constituents Aluminum, calcium, chlorogenic acid, chromium, harpagide, kaempferol, luteolin, magnesium, oleanolic acid, selenium, tin, zinc.
Parts Used Sun dried tuber. Most prefer secondary tuber, and this is the form offered by Mountain Rose Herbs.
Typical Preparations Capsules, tinctures, teas.
Summary Devil's claw has been traditionally used to offer slow but sure relief of joint pain caused by both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and it has also been shown to relieve muscle pain and enhance mobility for people with either arthritis or muscle injuries.
Precautions Don't use devil's claw if you take Coumadin (warfarin) or Plavix. Tell your surgeon you have been taking devil's claw before you have surgery. Safety during pregnancy has not been established. Not recommended for those who suffer from stomach inflammation, ulcers, or digestive disorders.
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