Devil's Claw Root

Devil's Claw Root is a south west African tuber (Harpagophytum procumbens) which has anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used effectively in arthritic and rheumatic conditions. Note that people respond differently to all therapeutic agents, so the effect can not be predicted. Devil's Claw has no noted toxicity, though I have come across cautions that it may "stimulate uterine muscles" and should therefore be avoided in pregnancy.

Devil's Claw can be taken dried as capsules, or as drops of a tincture. (My herb teacher prefers the tinctures as these are prepared from fresh material.) Hoffman suggests a dose of 1 to 2 ml of tincture three times a day.

Most herbalist agree that herbs are most effective when used together in well tailored formulations, so while Devil's Claw can be used on its own, you may get better results by consulting a herbalist.

See also: nutrimart's page of devils claw root