Latin Name: Harpagophytum Procumbens
Devil’s claw is a desert plant that grows in southern Africa and is named for the miniature claw-like hooks that cover its fruit.
It is one of the most valuable herbs that South Africa has given to the world. The active substance arpagoside has anti-rheumatic, analgesic, sedative, diuretic and strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Devil’s claw is used to treat several types of pain, including osteoarthritis and low back pain. It is safe and beneficial for the short-term treatment of pain related to degenerative joint diseaseOne case report indicates it may also be helpful for pain due to bone metastases.
Traditionally, Devil’s claw is popular as a digestive tonic for the relief of constipation, diarrhea, and flatulence. As part of maintaining a good digestive tract, it has been known to provide help regarding the gall bladder and pancreas. This herb was commonly used as an appetite stimulant, and this remains a popular use.