WARNING: If you have any issues with gastric or duodenal ulcers please consult a physician before using. Large doses of Devil’s Claw can produce obstruction of the bile ducts or intestines along with producing colic in cases of gallstones.
When I was suffering with severe acne I heard that Devil’s Claw would be a nice way to cleanse my toxins and clear my skin. Later in life when I was researching the best ways to fight arthritic pain naturally I learned that it is valuable for those suffering with chronic arthritis. Turns out these effects are all due to the inflammation relief provided by Devil’s Claw. Also, shout out to another one of those super metal herb names, makes me feel like a real witch using names like Devil’s Claw and Mugwort. The herbs gets it’s name from the hook shaped tubers that attach to the fur of animals and eventually spread the seeds. Cool, huh? Nature really trips me out sometimes.
Scientific Name: Harpagophytum procumbens [aka: arthritis tea, grapple plant, hook plant]
Magickal Stats: Elementally water, ruled by Saturn
Parts Used: roots, tubers
Improves Function Of:
- Digestive System
- Lymphatic & Blood detoxification
Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:
- Arthritis, tendonitis, lower back pain
- Acne, psoriasis and skin maladies
- Slow metabolism & Poor appetite
- Insufficient production of bile & digestive issue
Assists Spiritually With:
- Relieve pain and support health
- Confuse and Confound an enemy
- Remove negativity
How Does It Work? Studies have been inconclusive on the exact properties that make Devil’s Claw a healing herb, but it has been used for generations in Europe. It provides anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects but it also has some adverse effects. If you are hypoglycemic I would avoid this remedy because it can lower blood sugar levels and work against you. Similarly it can produce excess bile and upset ulcers and should be avoided for this reason as well.
What Do I Do With It? Devil’s Claw is both applied topically and taken internally. Take internally to fight inflammation and create more bile to help digestive issues. Apply topically to fight acne and other skin ailments.