Devil's Claw - Uses and Benefits
Other Names: Grapple Plant, Harpagophytum procumbens, Wood Spider.
Given the popularity of Devil's Claw as a herbal remedy, more and more people are using its various forms such as herbal cream, tincture, capsules and tablets. Devil's claw is a tender trailing perennial with tubers and many round to oval-shaped stems. The leaves have white, hairy undersides. It is mainly native to southern africa and grows in the Kalahari Desert and produces brilliant red/purple flowers with woody barbed fruit. Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is named for the miniature hooks that cover its fruit.
Uses and Benefits of Devil's Claw
Some of the Main Uses of Devil's Claw are:
Dosage for Devil's Claw
Traditionally, 3-6 g/day of dried root is taken in three divided doses for analgesic and anti-inflammatory activity. A smaller daily dose of 0.5-1.5 g has been recommended for patients suffering from anorexia. Clinical trials for pain relief have used doses ranging as low as 0.75-2.6 g/day of dried root, but most studies used extracts corresponding to about 3-6 g/day (2-2.4 g/day of a 2.5:1 solid extract, or 0.6-1.2 g/day of a 5: 1 powdered extract). Devil's claw is usually available in many different forms: whole, ground, liquid extract, tincture, and dried root. Tea can be made from the dried root.
Caution: Things to Remember Before Use of Devil's Claw
Herbal authorities advice caution when using devil's claw (considered a "bitter" herb, which is thought to stimulate gastric acid) in the presence of peptic ulcers, although this potential effect has not been reported or evaluated.
Adverse Side Effects of Devil's Claw
Side effects are rare with the recommended intake of devils claw as written on the product label. It is a nontoxic and relatively safe herb, with almost no side effects if taken at the recommended dose for short periods of time. However, it has been reported that high doses may cause mild gastrointestinal problems in some individuals.
Since devil's claw promotes the secretion of stomach acid, anyone with gastric or duodenal ulcers , heartburn , gastritis , or excessive stomach acid should not use the herb. Additionally, people with gallstones should consult a physician before taking devil's claw.
Some other Side Effects encountered in some people may be:
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