claw is a tender trailing perennial with tubers and many round
to oval-shaped stems. The leaves have white, hairy undersides.
Solitary, red to purple flowers, shaped like trumpets appear
in spring followed by the characteristic large, hooked and
claw is a plant native to southern Africa. Its name comes
from the small hooks on the plant's fruit. The active ingredients
in devil's claw are believed to be iridoid glycosides called
harpagosides, which are found in the secondary root.
claw has been used for thousands of years in Africa for fever,
rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, and conditions involving
the gallbladder, pancreas, stomach and kidneys.
early 1900's, devil's claw was brought to Europe. It is used
to improve digestion, as the bitter taste of devil's claw
tea is thought to stimulate digestive juices.
Claw Essential Oil
Devil's claw is a bitter, astringent, sedative and painkilling
herb that reduces inflammation and stimulates the digestive
system. Its main ingredient are iridoid glycosides (mainly
harpagoside) as well as harpagide, phenolic glycosides (acteoside
and isoacteoside), procumbide together with their cinnamic
or coumarin acid esters.
Claw is known for its anti-inflammatory effects particularly
in the maintenance of healthy joints.
Name: Devil's Claw, Grapple Plant, Wood Spider
Name: Harpagophytum procumbens
Part: The sliced and dried secondary roots are used for
properties: analgesic, sedative and diuretic
Uses: The two active ingredients in Devil's Claw are harpagoside
and beta-sitosterol. It is claimed that these possess anti-inflammatory
properties. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recognises Devil's
Claw as having analgesic, sedative and diuretic properties.
Most studies involve chronic use rather than acute treatment
Claw is also claimed to be beneficial for treating diseases
of the liver, kidneys, gallbladder and bladder, arthritis
and rheumatism. It is said to help alleviate problems with
and improve the vitality of the joints, as well as stimulating
appetite and aid digestion, increase cholesterol and fatty
acids in the blood.
Claw has been recommended for treating diabetes, hardening
of the arteries, lumbago, gastrointestinal disturbances, menstrual
difficulties, neuralgia, headache, heartburn and gout
Uses: the primary use of devil's claw today is for conditions
that cause inflammation and pain:
claw is used internally to treat rheumatoid arthritis, neuralgia
and problems involving the gall bladder and pancreas.
is also very effective in treating lower back pain, as well
as digestive problems, loss of appetite and the treatment
of pain during and after childbirth or labor.
claw is used externally to treat swollen, arthritic joints
as well as boils, sores and skin ulcers.
and essential oil use o None noted.
effects: Devil's claw has been known to trigger an allergic
claw may interfere with the action of Ticlopidine and Warfarin,
and patients should consult with a physician before combining
Devil's claw with these medications. In addition, Devil's
Claw promotes the secretion of stomach acid, leading to difficulties
in those with peptic ulcers, gastritis or excess stomach acid.
Care should also be taken for individuals with gallstones.
claw should not be used by people with gastric or duodenal
with gallstones should consult a doctor before using devil's
with diabetes or who are taking medication that affects
their blood sugar should only use devil's claw under the
supervision of a qualified health practitioner. In one study,
devil's claw extract resulted in reductions in blood glucose
in fasted normal and diabetic animals.
claw should not be used by people who are or may be pregnant,
as it is believed to cause uterine contractions.
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