Harpagophytum procumbens

Latin Name: Harpagophytum procumbens
Common Name: Devils claw
Plant description N/A
Plant origin


It is native to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. It has been wildcrafted and imported
into Europe since 1953.

Plant constituents & properites N/A
Traditional uses


Reduces pain
and inflammation, acts as a bitter tonic. Devil's claw has been used in recent
times in South Africa amongst Europeans, Euro-Africans, Hottentots, Bushmen,
and the Bantu for its purgative action, as a bitter for allergic reactions,
migraines, disturbances of digestion and for febrile illnesses.

ointment form has been used to treat wounds, ulcurs, cutaneous lesions and


ingest pulverised root as well as apply the ointment to the abdomen during labour for
pain alleviation.


Brief Summary: digestive disturbances, allergic reactions, febrile illnesses, and to
relieve pain. Is used externally for wounds, boils, ulcurs, and pain relief.

Present uses

Actions: Anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, bitter, analgesic



Gastric and duodenal ulcurs; gallstones. It should be used only after consultation with a doctor.


Side effects: may cause mild gastrointestinal disturbances in sensitive individuals, especially when high doses are used.

Pharmacy N/A

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