Product No. P0403

Devil’s Claw is a plant belonging to the family Pedaliaceae. It is native to southern and eastern Africa, and is found most commonly on the veldt of the Transvaal. Devil's claw thrives in clay or sandy soils, preferring roadsides and waste ground. Propagated from seed in spring, the young tubers (underground stems) are unearthed in autumn and cut into pieces about 2cm long. Care is taken not to mix the tubers - which contain the active constituents - with the roots, since this can render the herb ineffective.

The common name for devils claw is derived from the plant's peculiar fruits, which are covered with small grappling hooks. Devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides (harpagoside, harpagide and procumbine), sugars, gum resin and beta-sitosterol. They are extracted from the tuber and roots of the plant.

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