Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
Definition: Used for treating rheumatism, arthritis and gout in South Africa, the glycoside content of this herb makes it a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is also considered an antiaging botanical and a vascular tonic. It is an ideal herb for most geriatric applications.
Applications: Arteriosclerosis, arthritis, blood purifier, cholesterol inflammation, edema, indigestion, liver ailments, neuralgia, rheumatism and stomach ailments.
Scientific Updates: Recent studies have confirmed the anti-inflammatory value of this herb for chronic rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia and gout, rating it equal to phenylbutazone, a commonly prescribed drug for arthritis.72 It also helps to regulate cholesterol levels.
Complementary Agents: Celery, wild yam, black cohosh, Oregon grape root, ginger, glucosamine, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, grape seed or pine bark extract.