Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is an herb native to desert regions of South Africa, and which has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a natural anti-inflammatory for arthritis and joint pain, and for strengthening digestion.
The name Harpagophytum means "hook plant" and derives from the appearance of its barbed, claw-like fruit; however, the root and secondary tubers are what is used medicinally.
Devil's Claw provides analgesic relief for back pain, arthritis, swollen joints, and painful muscle and soft tissue inflammation associated with fibromyalgia (FM). The root contains "harpagosides," bitter compounds that have been shown to inhibit inflammation, even as much as some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. They also stimulate digestive secretions which can help improve digestion.
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