Alaskan Ginseng, Bois Piquant, Cukilanarpak, Devils Club, Devil's Root, Echinopanax horridus, Fatsia, Fatsia horrida, Garrote del Diablo, Oplopanax horridus, Panax Horridum.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Devil's club is a plant. People use the inner bark of the root and stem for medicine.

Devil's club is used for arthritis, cancer, wounds, fever, tuberculosis, stomach trouble, cough, colds, sore throat, diabetes, low blood sugar, and pneumonia. It is also used for emptying the bowels and causing vomiting.

Some people apply devil's club directly to the skin for swollen glands, boils, sores, and skin infections. The ashes have been used to treat burns.

How does it work?

Devil's club contains chemicals that might prevent certain cancer cells from growing and fight some bacteria, fungi, and viruses.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for


  • Arthritis.
  • Wounds.
  • Fever.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Stomach trouble.
  • Coughs.
  • Colds.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Diabetes.
  • Low blood sugar.
  • Emptying the bowels.
  • Causing vomiting.
  • Other conditions.


  • Swollen glands.
  • Boils.
  • Sores.
  • Skin infections.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of devil's club for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know if devil's club is safe or what the possible side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of devil's club during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.



We currently have no information for DEVIL'S CLUB Interactions.



The appropriate dose of devil's club depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for devil's club. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Huang WH, Shao L, Wang CZ, Yuan CS, Zhou HH. Anticancer activities of polyynes from the root bark of Oplopanax horridus and their acetylated derivatives. Molecules. 2014;19(5):6142-62. View abstract.
  • Justice JW. Use of devil's club in Southeast Alaska. Alaska Med. 1966;8(2):36-39. View abstract.
  • Kobaisy M, Abramowski Z, Lermer L, et al. Antimycobacterial polyynes of Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridus), a North American native medicinal plant. J Nat Prod 1997;60:1210-3. View abstract.
  • Lantz, T, Swerhun, K, and Turner, N. Devil's club an ethnobotanical review. HerbalGram 2004;(62):33-48.
  • Large RG and Brocklesby HN. A hypoglycaemic substance from roots of Devil's club (FATSIA HORRIDA). Can Med Assoc J. 1938 Jul;39(1):32-5.
  • MacDermot JH. Food and medicinal plants used by the Indians of British Columbia. Can Med Assoc J. 1949;(61):177-183.
  • McCutcheon AR, Roberts TE, Gibbons E, et al. Antiviral screening of British Columbian medicinal plants. J Ethnopharmacol 1995;49:101-10. View abstract.
  • Oliver-Bever, B and Zahnd, G. R. Plants with Oral Hypoglycemic Action. Quart J Crude Drug Res. 1979;(17):139-196.
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  • Tai, J., Cheung, S., Cheah, S., Chan, E., and Hasman, D. In vitro anti-proliferative and antioxidant studies on Devil's Club Oplopanax horridus. J Ethnopharmacol 11-24-2006;108(2):228-235. View abstract.
  • Thommasen HV, Wilson RA, McIlwain RG. Effect of Devil's Club Tea on Blood Glucose Levels in Diabetes Mellitus. Can Fam Physician. 1990;36:62-5. View abstract.
  • Turner NJ, Thompson LC Thompson MT York AZ. Thompson Ethnobotany: Knowledge and Usage of Plants by the Thompson Indians of British Columbia. 1990.
  • Turner NJ. Traditional Use of Devil's-Club (OPLOPANAX HORRIDUS; ARALIACEAE) By Native Peoples in Western North America. J. Ethnobiol. 1982;2(1):17-38.
  • Wang CZ, Aung HH, Mehendale SR, Shoyama Y, Yuan CS. High performance liquid chromatographic analysis and anticancer potential of Oplopanax horridus: comparison of stem and berry extracts. Fitoterapia. 2010;81(2):132-9. View abstract.
  • Wang CZ, Zhang Z, Huang WH, et al. Identification of potential anticancer compounds from Oplopanax horridus. Phytomedicine. 2013;20(11):999-1006. View abstract.

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