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What is devil's claw?
Devil's claw is a native plant of southern Africa, especially the Kalahari Desert, Namibia and the island of Madagascar. The name devil's claw is derived from the herb's unusual fruits, which are covered with numerous small claw-like appendages. It is also known as Harpagophytum procumbens, grapple plant, and wood spider. The leaves have white, hairy undersides. Solitary, red to purple flowers, shaped like trumpets appear in spring followed by the characteristic large, hooked and claw-like fruit. The tuberous roots are used in traditional medicine. The root is collected when the rainy season ends.It contains three important constituents belonging to the iridoid glycoside family: harpagoside, harpagide, and procumbide.The main active ingredients in Devil's claw are Harpogoside and Beta sitosterol, which possess anti-inflammatory properties and create support for joint, ligament and tendon problems.
What is the effective dosage of devil's claw supplementation?
The effective dosage range is 1 to 6 grams per day, as tincture 3 to 9 ml per day.
What are the benefits of devil's claw supplementation?
• Devil's claw root may help relieve pain and inflammation in people with arthritis and other painful disorders.
• It may aid in digestion.
• It may also increase apetite.
What are the side effects of devil's claw?
Although rare in moderation, side effects of devil's claw include gastrointestinal upset, low blood pressure, or abnormal heart rhythms (increased heart rate).
• Do not take devil's claw without first talking to your doctor if you have a stomach or intestinal ulcer, diabetes, high or low blood pressure or other heart problems, or if you are taking any medicines to prevent or treat these conditions.
• It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.