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Devil's Claw is found in the Namibian Steppes and the nearby Kalahari Desert of South Africa. The Devil’s Claws common name was given because of the thorny, barbed claw arrangement of the seed pod. The root prepared as a tea is highly valued by the natives who use it for a wide variety of ailments, including rheumatism and gout.
Native Africans also used the tubers internally for arthritis and rheumatism, and to reduce fevers. Modern research shows the plant contains iridoid gycosides (including harpagoside), which appear to have anti-inflammatory effects. There are a few modern studies that back up some of this traditional use.
There is evidence that Devil's claw may be helpful for other types of pain, including muscle pain, gout, low back pain and headaches. David Winston, RH (AHG), suggests this variation in the effectiveness of the plant may be due to the components of the herb being broken down by digestive juices.
The tubers were also applied topically by African natives for boils, sores and ulcers. We can assume that the same anti-inflammatory actions are at work when Devil's claw is applied topically. It probably has vulnerary (tissue healing) effects, too
Devil's Claw (100 capsules)