Chakra Colour: Yellow
Medicinal Uses: Grapple Plant (Devil’s Claw) is used by traditional healers for treating anorexia, indigestion, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, gout, fevers, skin cancer, infectious diseases (including tuberculosis), allergies, osteoarthritis, fibrositis and rheumatism, being particularly effective in small joint diseases. Externally it is also used to wash and clean wounds.
When taken on a regular daily basis, it has a subtle laxative effect. Small doses of the plant’s root extract are used for menstrual cramps, while higher doses assist in expelling retained placentas. It is also used as an analgesic after child birth and to keep the uterus contracted. Its actions on the digestive system are explained by its extreme bitterness. Its effects on the uterine system have been investigated and verified in laboratory studies.
Magical Uses: Grapple Plant is a powerful exorcism and purification herb, it is burned on charcoal to cleanse your house of negativity, or when casting a vircle to clear any residual negative energy and create pure space for your magical work. This is a great herb to burn when moving into a new home to remove the residual energies of previous tenants. It has powerful protective qualities and as an amulet, placed near doorways, may protect against unwanted intruders. The seed pods of devil’s claw, named for their threatening shape, make excellent protective charms. The shape of the pods is suggestive of protection.
Other Names: Devil’s Claw Root, Garra del Diablo, Grapple Plant, Griffe du Diable, Harpagophyti Radix, Harpagophytum, Harpagophytum procumbens
Contraindications: Do not use if you are taking medications that can harm the liver (Hepatotoxic drugs): acetaminophin, amiodarone, statin drugs or during pregnancy or in cases of stomach ulcers and gallstones. Also, devil’s claw has some blood thinning properties, so if you are on blood thinning medication already you should consult your doctor before using this herb.