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Devils Claw Root 100 g, 50 g, 25 g


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Devils Claw Root – 100 g ($14.99), 50 g ($9), 25 g ($7.99)


Devil’s claw is an anti-inflammatory and painkilling agent when used in its recommended form. It also inhibits the production of inflammatory compounds that worsen many diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. In folk medicine, devil’s claw has been used in an ointment for skin injuries and disorders. As a dried root, it is used for pain relief, pregnancy discomforts, arthritis, allergies, and disorders of the kidney, bladder, liver, and gallbladder. It has also been used in South Africa as an appetite stimulant. As a homeopathic remedy, it can be used for chronic rheumatism. According to the German Commission E, it is approved for stomach complaints, loss of appetite, and rheumatism. However, there are numerous conflicting reports in clinical studies on its use as an anti-inflammatory agent. It may be that it is more effective when combined with an anti-inflammatory herb, such as willow bark.

Arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, and tendinitis. The use of devil’s claw in the treatment of pain required a number of tests before the herb was accepted within the scientific community. Animal tests showed that it relieves inflammation and stops pain, but the first set of tests with healthy human volunteers found no significant anti-inflammatory or analgesic power. Moreover, chemical analysis of the herb found that it did not act in the same way as aspirin and nonseroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The resolution of the conflicting findings concerning devil’s claw is that the analgesic components of the herb break down the longer they are in contact with the gastric juices of the stomach. Taking devil’s claw in an enteric-coated form protects it from digestion in the stomach. This increases its usefulness in controlling pain.

Repeated clinical trials found enteric-coated tablets of the herb effective against pain. Questions about the pharmacology of the herb were clarified when it was discovered that devil’s claw contains chemicals, like those in many other pain-relieving herbs, that stimulate circulation and carry inflammatory chemicals away from affected tissues.

Devil’s claw has been most extensively tested for relief of lower back pain. In an open label study, seventy-five patients with knee or hip osteoarthritis took 2.4 grams of devil’s claw from a product called Doloteffin for twelve weeks. Standardized measurements of pain and disability were reduced by 25 percent and adverse side effects were minor. A randomized, double-blind study in Germany with 183 subjects produced the surprising result that not only was devil’s claw effective in relieving lower back pain, it was most effective for people who had the most severe, radiating pain, with numbness in the extremities.

 Revommended Use:

To relieve pain, devil’s claw has to be taken in the form of an enteric-coated capsule. Enteric-coated capsules should be taken one hour before meals. Since the pain-relieving chemicals in the herb are activated by intestinal bacteria, the herb is less effective during and for one to two weeks after antibiotic treatment of any kind. It can also be used in an ointment or a liquid extract. The daily dosage for appetite loss is 1.5 grams of the herb. In homeopathy, devil’s claw doses are 5 to 10 drops, 1 tablet, or 5 to 10 globules, one to three times a day. The ointment should be applied one to three times a day.

Devil’s claw should not be used in the presence of stomach or duodenal ulcers because it stimulates gastric juices. If you have gallstones, consult a doctor before using this herb. It may interact with and decrease the effectiveness of anticoagulants and cardiac antiarrhythmic drugs. Devil’s claw may also interact with antacids, rendering them less effective, and with digoxin by weakening heart muscle contractions. It may slow heart rate in people with congestive heart failure. Occasionally, devil’s claw causes mild diarrhea. If this happens, you should take the next dose on an empty stomach. You should not use devil’s claw if you are pregnant or nursing.

Botanical Name: Harpagophytum procumbens
English: Devil’s Claw Root
Also, known as: Harpagophytum, Harpagophytum burchelii Decne, Grappl Plant, Wood Spider, Afrikanische Teufelskralle, beesdubbeltjie, devil’s claw, duiwelsklou, grapple plant, grapple vine, harpagophytum, kanako, khams, khuripe, legatapitse, sengaparele, Teufelskralle, Trampelklette, wood spider xwate
Origin: Namibia
Harvested: Wild
Parts Used: Root

General Information:
Harpagophytum procumbens inhabits deep, sandy soils, and occurs in areas with low annual rainfall. It is a perennial, tuberous plant with annually produced creeping stems. It is native to the southern part of the African continent and may be found in the Kalahari Sands of Namibia,

Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Tuber up to6 cm in diameter, bark yellowish-brown, longitudinally striated. The above-ground stems emerge after the first rains and die back during droughts or after frosts. The stems grow from a persistent primary tuber and several secondary tubers grow from the primary tuber at the end of fleshy roots. Leaves are large, have 3-5 lobes, and are covered in white mucilaginous cells, making them appear a grayish-green colour. Flowers are trumpet-shaped and pink, red, or purple with a yellowish center. Fruits characteristically large, hooked, claw-like, tardily dehiscent two-locular capsules, flattened at right angles to the septum. The plant gets its scientific and common names from the hooked spines of its woody capsules.

The sustainability of the trade-in the devil’s claw has been questioned for several years. The governments of each of the countries in which it occurs (range states; Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa) have developed policies and regulations to protect the species, to determine a sustainable harvest, and to provide for continued livelihoods for the harvesters. At various times, the species has been proposed for protection by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). However, the range states have implemented measures to manage the trade sustainably and the proposal to protect the species by CITES was withdrawn.

How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy it!

You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.

You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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Weight 0.25 lbs

25 g, 50 g, 100 g


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