It’s a herbaceous, perennial, vivacious plant
with a root that goes underground around a meter. The root is divided into two
types: primary and secondary. The primary root is very long and the brown or
reddish secondary roots come out from it and are formed by tubercles. The
tubercles are 6 cm
diameter of up to 20 cm
long reservoirs. They extend down under 0.3-1 m in a diameter of 1.5 m around the plant, which
makes it difficult to cut. They accumulate up to 95% of water during the rainy
season in order to survive in the desert. The stem trail upon the ground
(procumbent), might go up to 150
cm long. Leaves are opposite or alternate, petiolate and
lobed. At the axil in the leaves the drupaceous flower is located. Flowers are
up to 5 cm,
tubular or trumpet-shaped of a violet-red color. Fruits are of 15 cm in ligneous capsule and
have sharp hook-shaped excrescences. It belongs to the Pedaliaceae
It’s native of South
Africa and tropical zones, especially in red sand regions
that surround Kalahari Desert, Namibia,
It’s located at roadsides and water spots. Devil’s claw blooming varies
depending on its location. Harvesting, when for medicinal purposes are of the
secondary roots. These should be dried and segmented in circular irregular
slices. It shows a reddish-brown color with longitudinal crease.
Secondary tubular roots, of bitter taste,
characterized by their radial and concentric macroscopic groove.
> Rheumatic disorders
(arthrosis, arthritis, lumbago, sciatic, etc.), chronic rheumatic processes of
different etiology, fibromyalgia, non-specific muscle and back pains,
osteoarthritic hip and knee pain, traumatisms, tendinitis, bursitis,
fibrositis, epicondylitis, neuralgias.
> Digestive disorders:
loss of appetite, dyspepsia, digestive spasms, constipation, enteritis,
duodenal diverticulitis, hepatobiliary dyskinesia, cholecystitis, etc.
> Post-surgery inflammation
> Prostatitis, prostate adenoma, oophoritis, etc.
> In folk medicine
it’s been used in: constipation, anorexia, migraine, allergic reactions,
febrile diseases (teas), child delivery.
> Painful and inflammatory conditions of the
muscles or articulations (sprains, contusions).
> Skin inflammatory processes (ointment, fresh
root)- psoriasis, dermatitis, cutaneous injuries, cutaneous ulcers, etc.