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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.