April 26, 2021 2 min read

Devil’s Claw is a natural herb with a long history of usage in helping to support inflammatory balance and reduce occasional pain.

Below, we’ll dig into the benefits of this powerful herb as well as its history.

History of Devil's Claw:

Devil’s Claw, also known as “Grapple plant” is a perennial herb native to South Africa. Its scientific name isHarpagophytum procumbens, this comes from the Greek word ‘harpago’ which means “grappling hook”. This makes sense when you look at the hook-like shape of the plant.

The plant roots have been used orally in folk medicine to treat a wide range of health conditions, including indigestion, fever, allergic reactions, and rheumatism (1).

Inflammatory Balance

Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s immune response; a cascade triggered to protect and maintain normal tissue repair. This non-specific physiological response is part of the innate immune system.

Devil’s Claw has been shown to play a crucial role in maintaining normal inflammatory balance in a variety of bodily systems. It thought that this is due to Harpagoside content within Devil’s Claw (2).

Pain

A variety of studies have been conducted that show that Devil’s Claw extract can be helpful in managing various forms of occasional muscle pain due to exercise or overuse (3).

It’s been noted that Devil’s Claw is generally well tolerated as compared to similar products.

Increased Mobility

A study by Lecomte showed significant improvements in joint mobility and reduction in morning stiffness by 43 subjects given a daily dose of Devil's Claw extract for 30 days. No adverse events were reported by any of the participants.

Constituents

The active phytochemicals in Devil's Claw are thought to be the iridoid glycosides found in the secondary root tubers.

These include:

  • harpagoside
  • procumbide
  • harpagide
  • 8-para-coumaroyl-harpagide

A quality Devil's Claw supplement should contain a high amount of these constituents. We include a Devil's Claw extraction standardized to contain >5% harpagosides in ourInflavinol formula. This gives your body all of the phytochemicals it needs to support healthy inflammation levels.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a natural way to support healthy inflammation levels within your body, as well as relieve occasional pain, give Devil's Claw a shot. In particular, ourInflavinol is a great formula to try out.


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Daniel Powers (co-founder of Utzy Naturals) is a health fanatic and writer. He's currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Herbal Medicine. He's obsessed with learning how to live a healthier, happier life.
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