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Devil's Claw

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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
Treatment of pain associated with rheumatic conditions (17–24).
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents
Treatment of loss of appetite and dyspeptic complaints; supportive treatment of degenerative rheumatism, painful arthrosis and tendonitis (25).
Uses described in traditional medicine
Treatment of allergies, boils, diabetes, liver disorders and sores (8)


8.  Farnsworth  NR,  ed. NAPRALERT  database. Chicago,  IL,  University  of  Illinois at Chicago, 9 February 2001 production (an online database available directly through the University of Illinois at Chicago or through the Scientific and Technical Network (STN) of Chemical Abstracts Services)
17.  Schmidt S. Rheumatherapie mit Harpagophytum[Treatment of rheumatism with Harpagophytum.] Therapiewoche, 1972, 13:1072–1075.
18.  Chrubasik S et al. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum procumbens in treatment of acute low back pain. Phytomedicine, 1996, 3:1–10.
19.  Stange CF, Schultz J. Treatment of low back pain with Harpagophytum procumbens (Burch.) De Candolle (“devil’s claw”). Erfahrungsheilkunde, 1997, 6:330–335. 
20.  Chrubasik S et al. Effectiveness of Harpagophytum extract WS 1531 in the treatment of exacerbation of low back   pain: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 1999, 16:118–129.

21.  Wegener T. Therapie degenerativer Erkrankungen des Bewegungsapparates mit sudafrikanischer  Teufelskralle 
Harpagophytum   procumbens D.C.). [Treatment  of  degenerative  diseases  of  the  locomotor  system  with  south  
African  devil’s  claw  (Harpagophytum  procumbens   D.C.).Wiener  Medizinische Wochenschrift, 1999, 149:254–257.
22.  Chantre P et al. Efficacy and tolerance of Harpagophytum procumbens versus diacerhein in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Phytomedicine, 2000, 7:177–183.
23.  Frerick H, Biller A, Schmidt U. Stufenschema bei coxarthrose. [Graded approach to the treatment of coxarthrosis.] 
Der Kassenarzt , 2001, 5:34–41
24.  Göbel H et al. Harpagophytum-Extrakt LI174 (Teufelskralle) bei der Behandlung unspezifischer Rückenschemerzen. Effekte auf die sensible, motorische und  vaskuläre  Muskelreagibilität.  [Harpagophytum-extract  LI174  (devil’s claw) for the treatment of non-specific back pain. Effects on sensory, motor and vascular muscle responsiveness.] Schmerz, 2001, 15:10–18.
25.  Blumenthal M et al., eds. The complete German Commission E monographs, Austin, TX, American Botanical Council, 1998.

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