Devil's Claw

Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil's claw has been recommended for treating a wide variety of conditions, including diseases of the liver, kidneys, and bladder, as well as allergies, arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gastrointestinal disturbances, menstrual difficulties, neuralgia, headache, climacteric (change of life) problems, heartburn, nicotine poisoning, and above all, rheumatism and arthritis.

Parts Used

African traditional remedy - Devil's claw is used by various peoples in southern Africa, including the Khoikhoin and the Bantu. Traditionally devil's claw has been used as a tonic, especially for digestive problems; for arthritis and rheumatism; to reduce fevers; and as an ointment for sores, ulcers, and boils.
Western uses - Current Western use of devil's claw is broadly in line with its traditional application. Devil's claw is commonly available over the counter in tablet form for arthritic and rheumatic conditions and can bring relief from pain arising from a range of joint and muscular problems, including gout, back pain, fibrositis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Other Uses - Temporomandibular joint syndrome or disorder / TMJ (TMD).

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