Overview

Devil's claw is an herb. The botanical name, Harpagophytum, means "hook plant" in Greek. This plant gets its name from the appearance of its fruit, which is covered with hooks meant to attach onto animals in order to spread the seeds. The roots and tubers of the plant are used to make medicine.

Devil's claw is used for back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that devil's claw may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using devil's claw for COVID-19.

How does it work ?

Devil's claw contains chemicals that might decrease inflammation and swelling and resulting pain.

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