Harpagophytum

Harpagophytum procumbens DC

Harpagofito
Part used

Cut and dried root.

Indication

The European Medicine Agency (EMA) and ESCOP accept the traditional use of harpagophytum (devil’s claw) root for relieving joint pain and mild digestive disorders.

Its popular use in its countries of origin (Namibia, Botswana, South Africa) to facilitate digestion, reduce fever and relieve labor pains is curious.

Properties

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity. It has also been experimentally shown that the harpagophytum presents anticonvulsant, cardiac protective activity against various arrhythmias and hypoglycemic.