Information on Devil's Claw

Latin NameHarpagophytum procumbens
Other NamesGrapple plant
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsImmune system
CautionsContraindicated in gastric and duodenal ulcers.
Botanical InfoAn herbaceous trailing perennial with red flowers and large fruiting pods. Native to Africa
DescriptionBecause of its anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity, devil's claw has had some success in the treatment of arthritis, as well as tendinitis and sprains. As a digestive stimulant, devil's claw is also a remedy for poor appetite and dyspepsia. The rhizome is also used for gout, lumbago, sciatica, muscle pain, and chronic itching of the skin.

Devil's Claw has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Powder1 capsule 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-40 drops 4 x daily

Ailments Treated by Devil's Claw

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Tendonitisanti-inflammatory, anodynetincture, capsule
Appetite, lack ofdigestive stimulanttincture, tea, capsules
Arthritisantiinflammatorytincture, capsues
Goutanti-inflammatorycapsules, tincture


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