February 7, 2016

Devil's Claw

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What other names is Devil's Claw known by?

Devils Claw, Devil's Claw Root, Garra del Diablo, Grapple Plant, Griffe du Diable, Harpagophyti Radix, Harpagophytum, Harpagophytum procumbens, Harpagophytum zeyheri, Racine de Griffe du Diable, Racine de Windhoek, Teufelskrallenwurzel, Uncaria procumbens, Wood Spider.

What is Devil's Claw?

Devil's claw is an herb. The roots and tubers of the plant are used to make medicine.

Is Devil's Claw effective?

There is some scientific evidence that devil's claw might help to decrease pain in people who have a kind of arthritis called osteoarthritis.

There isn't enough information to know if devil's claw is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: upset stomach, loss of appetite, high cholesterol, gout, muscle pain, skin injuries and conditions, and many others.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Decreasing pain from a kind of arthritis called osteoarthritis.
  • Back pain.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Upset stomach, loss of appetite, high cholesterol, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pain, migraine headache, skin injuries and conditions, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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