Devil's Claw

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Devilís Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens D.C. and/or H. zeyheri L. Decne.)


Parts used: dried tuberous secondary roots

Constituents: iridoid glycosides (harpagide, harpagoside, procumbide), phenolic glycosides, sugars

Pharmacopoeia Standard: the dried material must contain no less than 1.2 per cent harpagoside.

Actions: anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, analgesic, digestive stimulant, sedative

Indications: rheumatism, arthritis, gout, myalgia, fibrositis, tendonitis, lumbago, anorexia, dyspepsia

Applications: Devilís clawís anti-inflammatory and analgesic action has been shown to be of benefit in alleviating the symptoms of joint pain. The bitter glycosides stimulate the appetite and digestion, making it of value in dyspepsia and anorexia.

Combinations: with Celery seed and Wild Yam in rheumatic conditions.

Safety: Contraindicated in gastric or duodenal ulcer. Mild gastro-intestinal disturbances may occur in sensitive individuals.

Dosage: 350mg three times a day

Did you know that Devilís Claw is a native of the Kalahari Desert. Its collection provides an income for nomadic Bushmen.

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