Herb of the Day: Devil’s Claw


Devil’s Claw (harpagophytum procumbens)
Parts used: Root

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Devil’s claw, it is a beautiful flower. I’m one of those people that don’t believe in the term “weed”. Except when I’m trying to grow my garden, of course. 🙂 Just kidding. This is another one of those herbs with a surprising amount of healing potential and is beneficial for arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, liver & kidney problems and even the bladder. It is native to Africa and has been used for centuries as a “cure” for old age.
As an herb, it’s properties are similar to chaparral, so it cleans deeply into the muscle and tissue walls. Devil’s claw is a natural analgesic and it has the ability to purge the system of toxic impurities.
Herbalists recommend using a decoction of Devil’s Claw regularly in order to soften vascular walls to make them more elastic and strengthen them. Herbalists also recommend healthy people to use Devil’s Claw once a year (typically in the spring) in order to clean out the kidneys, liver, bladder, lymph nodes and the blood.

Vitamin content:
Flavanoids, sugars

Aids with:
Arteriosclerosis, arthritis, bladder, blood purifier, cholesterol, diabetes, gallstones, gout, kidneys, liver diseases, malaria, rheumatism, stomach disorders

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2 thoughts on “Herb of the Day: Devil’s Claw

    • Hello Rob,
      Devils Claw is native to southern and eastern Africa. It thrives in clay or sandy soils,along
      roadsides and wastegrounds. It comes in a pill form to bring relief from pain arising from
      a range of gout,back pain,fibrositits,and inflamed joints . It is anti-inflammatory. I have made a
      ointment of this for arthritis.
      Have a Blessing today

      Susan

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