Harpagophyti Radix, Harpagophytum, Harpagophytum procumbens, Harpagophytum zeyheri.
Native South African plant.
Devil’s claw is an herb.The botanical name, Harpagophytum, means “hook plant” in Greek. This amazing plant gets its name due to the appearance of its fruit that is covered with hooks. The tubers and roots of the plant are used to make many useful medicines. Specially it is found helpful in “hardening of the arteries” which is also known as atherosclerosis. Some other highlighted health benefits of this amazing herb include the treatment of arthritis, back pain, tendonitis gout, muscle pain (myalgia), and chest pain.
Furthermore, it also has its applications in the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn, fever, and migraine headache. As well as, it also help in the difficulties of childbirth, allergic reactions, menstrual problems, kidney and bladder diseases and loss of appetite. It is also useful for the reduction of lower pain. Moreover, it can also help you in weight loss.
According to many medical professionals, devil’s claw acts as a “supportive treatment of painful, degenerative rheumatism”. Rheumatic diseases includes osteoarthritis , rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, and Sjogren’s syndrome. These all disorders are caused by chronic inflammation as well as due to joint, muscle and fibrous tissue pain.
As devil’s claw root seems to be effective for arthritis pain, but it’s benefits for pain does not stop there. It also has the capacity to reduce inflammation and inflammatory pain in a various conditions, such as acute pain, with some adverse effects around 3% of patients.
An appropriate dose of devil’s claw, when taken by mouth is POSSIBLY SAFE for adults for up to a year. One of the most common side effects of this herb is diarrhoea. In a research study, about 8% of the people developed diarrhoea. While, some other common side effects include vomiting, stomach pain, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, ringing in the ears, and loss of taste. Furthermore, other possibilities are menstrual problems, allergic skin reactions, and variations in blood pressure. But it is important to mention that, these events are quite uncommon.
Warnings and Special Precautions
Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women:
For pregnant and breastfeeding women devil’s claw is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. It may harm the developing fetus. So, avoid using it during pregnancy. As well as, it is also best to avoid using it while breastfeeding.
Individuals with certain heart conditions such as High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure are advised to consult their healthcare provider before supplementing on devil’s claw. Because it can affect the heart rate, blood pressure and heartbeat. It might harm people with disorders of circulatory system and heart.
Devil’s claw has he ability to increase bile production. So, it could be a problem for people with gallstones. Avoid using devil’s claw.
Peptic ulcer disease (PUD):
As devil’s claw can increase the production of stomach acids. So, people with stomach ulcers should avoid using devil’s claw.
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