Devil’s Claw Root

Devil’s Claw Root, Cut, 1 oz (Harpagophytum procumbens)

Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is native to southern Africa[1] and can be found in the Sonoran desert, from southern California into Texas and south into Mexico[2].

Herbal Uses of Devil’s Claw

Pain Relief
There are studies which suggest that taking devil’s claw orally may reduce low-back pain and improve physical functioning in people with osteoarthritis[3][4]. It is commonly used to treat rheumatic conditions affecting the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles such as back pain and osteoarthritis. An analysis of 14 studies found that it may relieve joint pain[3], while a review of 12 studies found it may help relieve neck and low back pain[3].
Devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides which are thought to be responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties[3][5]. Laboratory studies have found that extracts from the plant root can block several pathways which cause joint inflammation[6], while clinical trials suggest it is effective in reducing pain and improving overall disease-related symptoms in those with osteoarthritis[6][5].  It is important to note that overconsumption of Devil’s Claw can lead to cancer according to traditional medicine[7], so it should be taken under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


Keep in mind that the use of herbs and herbal remedies is not regulated by the FDA, who does not approve or evaluate them for safety and effectiveness. There is a potential for purity and quality issues as they may not have been tested. It is crucial to be cautious when using any herb or herbal remedy and to be aware of potential risks and interactions. Before using, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you have any health concerns. This information on the potential uses and benefits of herbs is intended to educate and is not meant to replace medical advice.


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