Devil's Claw

Herbal Supplements

Peer Reviewed

Spiked Devil's ClawDevil's claw is from the sesame family. Tubers (offshoots from the main root system) from this perennial plant are used to make devil's claw preparations.

This herbal remedy is used to reduce pain and inflammation from musculoskeletal disorders (eg, back pain, arthritis). It is also used to stimulate appetite, reduce fever, and treat many gastrointestinal problems.

Sources of Devil’s Claw
Devil's claw is available in the following forms: whole, ground, liquid extract, tincture, and dried root. Tea can be made from the dried root.

Guidelines and Cautions
Devil's claw is generally safe, but the effects from long-term use are unknown. Gastrointestinal side effects have been reported. Always follow package directions.

  • Always obtain advice from a medical professional before taking devil's claw to treat rheumatism (joint inflammation, pain).
  • If you have a serious medical condition, especially heart-related, consult a medical professional.
  • This herb is cardioactive (acts on the heart).
  • Women who are pregnant should not use devil’s claw.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 03/22/16
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