Devil's claw

Devil’s claw is a plant with anti-inflammatory properties. Let’s find out how to use it to fight muscle inflammation.

The devil ‘s claw ( Harphagophytum Procumbens ) is a perennial plant, belonging to the Pedaliaceae family, native to Southern Africa. Its name derives from the small hooks that sprout from the fruit.

Used for centuries in traditional South African medicine, this plant is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory , useful for fighting headaches and muscle pains. Let’s see what its properties and contraindications are.

Devil’s claw: properties

Devil's claw
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The devil’s claw has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic properties , due to the Harpagosides contained in its root. This is why it is used to combat muscle inflammation and all pains in the musculoskeletal system in general.

It is very useful in case of rheumatoid arthritis , osteoarthritis, tendonitis, back pain, cervical pain, sciatica, bruises and headaches. Finally, it can help in case of gout, because it has cholesterol-lowering and hypo-uricemic properties.

Devil’s claw: contraindications

This plant is generally well tolerated, but can cause problems in the presence of gastritis and ulcers , because it stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile.

It is also not recommended for those suffering from diabetes and hypertension , pregnant and breastfeeding . Finally, it can interfere with some medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, anticoagulants, and antiarrhythmics.

Devil’s claw: uses

Devil’s claw can be purchased in herbal medicine in the form of powdered root, mother tincture, capsules, tablets and creams. The dosage should always be determined by the doctor and the treatment should not last more than a couple of weeks.

The powdered root is used to prepare infusions and decoctions, useful in case of migraines and menstrual pains. The ointments are useful in case of muscle trauma or pain caused by physical activity, while the capsules, tablets and mother tincture have a more extensive action.


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