Devil's Claw - Harpagophytum Procumbens

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This Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Devil's Claw - Harpagophytum procumbens in the Pedaliaceae family

Parts used: Secondary storage roots.

Taste/smell: Bitter.

Dosage: Decoction: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Anti-inflammatory, (b) Analgesic, (c) Anti-arthritic, (d) Bitter tonic.

Devil's claw is used for arthritis, bursitis, gout, neuralgia, headache and other generalized aches and pains. Research shows it may be useful for vascular dementia in chronic cerebral hypoperfusion.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in gastric and duodenal ulcers acute gall bladder disease and pregnancy.

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