Grapple plant, wood spider
The fruit this plant produces looks claw-like, giving it its name.
The chopped root.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Under the THMPD Directive we can only provide the tincture of this herb on prescription to registered patients and to medical herbalists. Please email us for advice on registering as a patient.
Key actions: Bitter tonic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antirheumatic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat arthritis, gout, rheumatism and lumbago.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Decoction: Less than half a teaspoon to 1 of herb (0.5 to 2 g) to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 in 25% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 1 to 3.8 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 6 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Pedaliaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Results from clinical tests found that devil's claw could encourage allergic skin reactions, but the most common side effects reported were mild gastrointestinal issues. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Trials reported that devil's claw may potentiate the efficacy of warfarin. It is also thought that devil's claw may interact with antiarrhythmic drugs although there is no known clinical evidence to prove this. Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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