Dewil's Claw - Harpagophytum procumbens
Scientific Name(s): Harpagophytum procumbens, subsp. procumbens DC. ex Meisn.
Common Name(s): Devil's claw, Grapple plant, Grapple vine, Radix Harpagophyti, Wood spider, Xwate
Devil's claw is a folk remedy used for an extensive range of diseases, including arthritis and rheumatism. Clinical trials are generally supportive of its use as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic in low back pain and osteoarthritis.For many years the Devil's claw is seen as a healing plant. The root has medicinal powers and is loved by the people who know the plant.
Devil's claw has been studied for low back pain, muscle pain, and osteoarthritis using daily doses of crude tuber up to 9 g, 1 to 3 g of extract, or harpagoside 50 to 100 mg.
Do not use with antiarrhythmic, chronotropic, or inotropic medicines. Because of the bitterness of the preparation and consequent increase in gastric secretion, devil's claw is contraindicated in patients with gastric or duodenal ulcers.