devil's claw


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devil's claw

a perennial herb, Harpagophytum procumbens, native to southern Africa. Its dried tubular secondary roots and lateral tubers are used for dyspepsia, loss of appetite, and generalized pain. It is also used in homeopathy for arthritic disorders and in folk medicine for a wide variety of disorders.

Devil's claw

A southern African shrub (Harpagophytum procumbens) that produces a barbed fruit with a bitter flavor. It has been used in Madagascar as a folk therapy for bone and joint pain and for problems with digestion and pregnancy.

devil's claw,

n Latin name:
Harpagophytum procumbens; parts used: roots, tubers; uses: appetite stimulant, arthritis, allergies, headaches, heartburn, dysmenorrhea, upset stomach, malaria, gout; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children, patients with chronic peptic and duodenal ulcers and cholecystitis; can cause nausea. Also called
grapple plant and
wood spider.
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Effectiveness and safety of Devil's Claw tablets in patients with general rheumatic disorders.
Materials and methods: The effects of three commercially available Devil's Claw preparations and that of pure harpagoside were studied in the human kidney (HK-2) proximal tubule cell line, constitutively expressing ABCBl/P-glycoprotein (P-gp).
The Devil's claw plant, which lies in Africa's Kalahari Desert, hold the key to effective treatments for arthritis, tendonitis and other illnesses that affect millions each year.
They consequently concluded that further high quality trials are required to determine if devil's claw works and if it safe.
Native to southern Africa, devil's claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is named for the miniature hooks that cover its fruit.
The majority of these products are not very common (aleo vera, luzerne, cat's claw, devil's claw, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, guarana, kava kava, cabbage palm, silymarin and curcuma).
q NEW research suggests that taking a daily supplement of Devil's Claw herbal extract could help to relieve chronic back pain.
Nemec parked his truck and led the way into the thickety jungle, holding a stick to catch spider webs, and warning me not to touch the Florida poisontree and mind the curved spines of the devil's claw vine.
OsteoJoint, a formula of glucosamine, devil's claw and MSM that can help rebuild cartilage and improve mobility, flexibility and range of motion in the joints.
The peculiar claw-shaped growths covering the fruit of the devil's claw plant (Harpagophytum procumbens) leave no doubt as to how the plant got its name.
However, his manuscript, "The Devil's Claw," has received 16 rejection slips.
In the desert, try grasses, desert hackberry, devil's claw, even cholla wood.