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Advanced Botanical Fingerprint™
Harpagophytum procumbens
  • Our organic alcohol extracts are produced using our cold Bio-Chelated® proprietary extraction process, yielding a Holistically Balanced® Advanced Botanical Fingerprint™ extract in the same synergistic ratios as in the plant
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Supplement Facts

Serving Size 1 mL
Servings Per Container 30
Amount Per Serving % DV
Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) Root Extract 1000.00 mg **
** Daily Value (DV) not established

Product Directions / Additional Info

As a dietary supplement, take 1 mL (28 drops) three (3) times a day in a small amount of water.

Other Ingredients: Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water, 12-15% Certified Organic Alcohol

Warning: Shake Well. Keep out of reach of children. Warning: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Do not use if safety seal is damaged or missing.

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Devil's Claw

Devil's Claw
This nutrient has been used in connection with the following health goals
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  • Contradictory, insufficient, or preliminary studies suggesting a health benefit or minimal health benefit.
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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Osteoarthritis
Dose: 2,610 mg daily (containing 57 mg harpagoside, 87 mg total iridoid glycosides daily)
Devil’s claw extract was found in one trial to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis as effectively as the slow-acting analgesic/ cartilage-protective drug diacerhein. (more)
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dose: 4.5 to 10 grams daily of powdered herb or 800 mg of a standardized extract three times daily
Devil's claw has anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions and is a traditional herbal remedy for people with rheumatoid arthritis.(more)
Low Back Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions
One trial found that devil's claw capsules were helpful in reducing acute low back pain in some people.(more)
Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions
Devil's claw acts as a digestive stimulant and may be helpful for indigestion.(more)
Low Back Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions
One trial found that devil's claw capsules were helpful in reducing acute low back pain in some people.(more)
Osteoarthritis
Dose: 2,610 mg daily (containing 57 mg harpagoside, 87 mg total iridoid glycosides daily)

Devil's claw extract was found in one clinical trial to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis as effectively as the slow-acting analgesic/cartilage-protective drug diacerhein.1 The amount of devil's claw used in the trial was 2,610 mg per day. The results of this trial are somewhat suspect, however, as both devil's claw and diacerhein are slow-acting and there was no placebo group included for comparison.

References

1. Chantre P, Cappelaere A, Leblan D, et al. Efficacy and tolerance of Harpagophytum procumbens versus diacerhein in treatment of osteoarthritis. Phytomedicine 2000;7:177-83.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Dose: 4.5 to 10 grams daily of powdered herb or 800 mg of a standardized extract three times daily

Devil's claw has anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions. Several open and double-blind trials have been conducted on the anti-arthritic effects of devil's claw.1 The results of these trials have been mixed, so it is unclear whether devil's claw lives up to its reputation in traditional herbal medicine as a remedy for people with RA. A typical amount used is 800 mg of encapsulated extracts three times per day or powder in the amount of 4.5-10 grams per day.

References

1. Bone K. The story of devil's claw: Is it an herbal antirheumatic? Nutrition and Healing 1998;October:3,4,8 [review].

Low Back Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions

One double-blind trial found that devil's claw capsules (containing 800 mg of a concentrated extract taken three times per day) were helpful in reducing acute low back pain in some people.1 Another double-blind trial (using 200 mg or 400 mg of devil's claw extract three times daily) achieved similar results in some people with exacerbations of chronic low back pain.2

Herbalists often use ginger to decrease inflammation and the pain associated with it, including for those with low back pain. They typically suggest 1.5 to 3 ml of ginger tincture three times per day, or 2 to 4 grams of the dried root powder two to three times per day. Some products contain a combination of curcumin and ginger. However, no research has investigated the effects of these herbs on low back pain.

References

1. Chrubasik S, Zimpfer C, Schutt U, Ziegler R. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens in treatment of acute low back pain. Phytomed 1996;3:1-10.

2. Chrubasik S, Junck H, Breitschwerdt H, et al. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum extract WS 1531 in the treatment of exacerbation of low back pain: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Eur J Anesthesiology 1999;16:118-29.

Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
Dose: Refer to label instructions

Bitter herbs are thought to stimulate digestive function by increasing saliva production and promoting both stomach acid and digestive enzyme production.1 As a result, they are particularly used when there is low stomach acid but not in heartburn (where too much stomach acid could initially exacerbate the situation). These herbs literally taste bitter. Some examples of bitter herbs include greater celandine, wormwood, gentian,dandelion, blessed thistle, yarrow, devil's claw, bitter orange, bitter melon, juniper, andrographis, prickly ash, and centaury.2. Bitters are generally taken either by mixing 1-3 ml tincture into water and sipping slowly 10-30 minutes before eating, or by making tea, which is also sipped slowly before eating.

References

1. Schulz V, Hansel R, Tyler VE. Rational Phytotherapy: A Physician's Guide to Herbal Medicine. 3rd ed, Berlin: Springer, 1998, 168-73.

2. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, et al. (eds). The Complete German Commission E Monographs: Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. Austin: American Botanical Council and Boston: Integrative Medicine Communications, 1998, 425-6.

Low Back Pain
Dose: Refer to label instructions

One double-blind trial found that devil's claw capsules (containing 800 mg of a concentrated extract taken three times per day) were helpful in reducing acute low back pain in some people.1 Another double-blind trial (using 200 mg or 400 mg of devil's claw extract three times daily) achieved similar results in some people with exacerbations of chronic low back pain.2

Herbalists often use ginger to decrease inflammation and the pain associated with it, including for those with low back pain. They typically suggest 1.5 to 3 ml of ginger tincture three times per day, or 2 to 4 grams of the dried root powder two to three times per day. Some products contain a combination of curcumin and ginger. However, no research has investigated the effects of these herbs on low back pain.

References

1. Chrubasik S, Zimpfer C, Schutt U, Ziegler R. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens in treatment of acute low back pain. Phytomed 1996;3:1-10.

2. Chrubasik S, Junck H, Breitschwerdt H, et al. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum extract WS 1531 in the treatment of exacerbation of low back pain: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Eur J Anesthesiology 1999;16:118-29.

Parts Used & Where Grown

Devil's claw is a native plant of southern Africa, especially the Kalahari desert, Namibia and the island of Madagascar. The name devil's claw is derived from the herb's unusual fruits, which are covered with numerous small claw-like appendages. The secondary storage roots, or tubers, of the plant are used in herbal supplements.1

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