Devil's claw (also know by its botanical name Harpagophytum procumbens) comes from the root of the plant. Devil's claw herb has been traditionally used as a bitter tonic for digestive problems, fevers, allergies and pain.
Recent trials show evidence of devil's claw extract for its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving abilities particularly in chronic rather than conditions. There are studies that show it be protective of joints. Devil's claw for back pain or arthritis is a good choice. It may also be useful in blood sugar regulation for diabetics, it may lower blood pressure and may be helpful for arrhythmias.
Devil's claw supplement is available in tablets, capsules and liquid herbal extract. To treat back pain and arthritis, a dose of 2-6gm of the herb with at least 50mg of the active ingredient - harpagoside, has shown reduction in pain. It combines well with other herbs such as Cat’s Claw, Turmeric and Boswellia for arthritis and back pain.
As with most herbs, it is not to be taken with warfarin or in pregnancy. Although helpful in digestive conditions, it should be used cautiously with ulcers, gallstones or diarrhoea.
Where to buy Devil’s Claw? It is available at Mr Vitamins in store and online.
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+30 PointsDevil's claw is an African herb that takes its name from its large, hooked, claw-like fruit. It is found in the harsh Kalahari Desert of Southern Africa and is used by natives for many purposes. Devil's claw is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, therefore it is indicated for the temporary relief of mild rheumatism and arthritic pain. View details