Devil's Claw root (Harpagophyti radix)

Published March 2, 1989; Revised September 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)

Südafrikanische Teufelskrallenwurzel

Name of Drug

Harpagophyti radix, devil's claw root.

Composition of Drug

Devil's Claw root consists of the dried, secondary tubers of Harpagophytum procumbens (Burchell) de Candolle [Fam. Pedaliaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains bitter substances.

Uses

Loss of appetite, dyspepsia, supportive therapy of degenerative disorders of the locomotor system.

Contraindications

Gastric and duodenal ulcers. With gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.

Dosage

Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:
   For loss of appetite:

1.5 g of drug; preparations of equivalent bitter value;    Otherwise:

4.5 g drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Comminuted drug for teas and other preparations for internal use.

Actions

Appetite-stimulating
Choleretic
Antiphlogistic
Mildly analgesic.