Standardized: devil's claw
Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) DC. ex Meisn.
Plant Family: Pedaliaceae
Devil's claw is native to eastern and southern Africa, specifically found in Namibia, Botswana, and most prominently in South Africa. It grows well in grasslands and tends to crop up along roadsides and in areas that have been cleared of other plants. Its distinctive name comes from its peculiar appearance, referring to the inner capsule of the fruit which splits open at one end. This takes on the appearance of two curved horns or claws. The roots of devil's claw are used medicinally after they are chopped and allowed to dry in the sun for at least 3 days. Devil's claw is one of the bitterest of all herbs, making a very good digestive stimulant.
Aluminum, calcium, chlorogenic acid, chromium, harpagide, kaempferol, luteolin, magnesium, oleanolic acid, selenium, tin, zinc.
Sun dried tuber. Most prefer secondary tuber, and this is the form offered by Mountain Rose Herbs.
Capsules, tinctures, teas.
The German Commission E has approved devil's claw for supporting healthy appetite and digestion. Devil's claw is used to alleviate joint pain as well as to support healthy joints. It may also be used to alleviate muscle pain and tightness.
Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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