Common names:

Devil’s Claw, Harpagophytum procumbens.

Traditional uses of  Devil’s claw:

Anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, analgesic, stimulating the secretion of digestive juices, improving digestion, antiarthritic, choleretic.

Uses of Devil’s claw in the treatment of Lyme disease::

Devil’s claw has the following properties:

  • analgesic and anti-inflammatory in pain and inflammation of the joints and muscles,
  • anti-inflammatory in the course of urinary tract, mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract infections.

Buhner recommends Devil’s claw in its protocol extended with Lyme disease to reduce joint symptoms at Lyme disease.

Side effects:

In clinical trials, stomach pains and nausea have been observed occasionally, but their direct association with using the herb has not been proven.


Stomach or duodenal ulcer is a contraindication. The herb cannot be used by pregnant women.


Taking the herb together with co-administration with antihypertensive drugs and anti-arrhythmic drugs may slightly increase their effect, as there are reports of antiarrhythmic and antihypertensive effect of methanolic extract.

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