Harpagophyti radix


This is a summary of the scientific conclusions reached by the Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) on the medicinal uses of devil's claw root. The HMPC conclusions are taken into account by EU Member States when evaluating applications for the licensing of herbal medicines containing devil's claw root.

This summary is not intended to provide practical advice on how to use medicines containing devil's claw root. For practical information about using devil's claw root medicines, patients should read the package leaflet that comes with the medicine or contact their doctor or pharmacist.

Key facts

Latin name Harpagophyti radix
English common name Devil’s Claw Root
Botanical name Harpagophytum procumbens DC.; Harpagophytum zeyheri Decne
Therapeutic area
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
F: Assessment finalised
Date added to the inventory
Date added to priority list
Outcome of European assessment
European Union herbal monograph


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