Devils Claw Herb
Native to South Africa Devil’s Claw gets its name from the claw shape hooks on the plant’s fruit. Devil’s Claw root is primarily used medicinally as it has for thousands of years with nearly the world’s supply being imported from Namibia. Original uses of Devil’s claw were to treat fever and arthritis as well as stomach ailments; today it is primarily used to treat arthritis, back ache and tendonitis.
The name Devil’s Claw also refers to several species of plant native to North America such as Stinging Nettle and Unicorn Plant. In this herbal description we will use the South African Devil’s Claw of the Harpagophytum procumbens species.
Devils Claw Tea Recipe
Devil’s Claw tea is prepared by steeping 1 teaspoon dried root in 2 cups boiling water for at least 20 minutes before straining and cooling.
Devils Claw Uses & Herbal Remedies
Devil’s Claw has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of lower back pain, neck pain and inflammation due to arthritis.
Devil’s Claw is often used for internal ailments of the liver, kidneys and bladder and gall bladder.
Infusions of Devil’s Claw can be used externally to treat skin irritations and ulcerations.
Perhaps due to its claw shaped fruit, Devil’s Claw is considered a symbol of protection.
Devils Claw Cautions
Devil’s Claw should be used with caution by people with stomach ulcers due to the increase of acids it produces.
Devil’s Claw may interact with certain drugs, check with your health care provider before using Devil’s Claw if you take prescription drugs.