Devil’s Claw is cultivated in the Kalahari without the use of artificial fertilisers, insecticides or fungicides. It can be used for joint pain and to reduce symptoms of back pain or other rheumatism pains in the shoulders and elbows, or for knee and other joint pains.
Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets may be used to help relieve joint & muscular pain experienced during the menopause. Dosage for adults (over 18 years of age) and the elderly:
- One tablet twice daily immediately after food. The dose can be increased to two tablets twice daily if relief is not obtained after 3 to 5 days.
Atrosan® tablets contain the extract of Harpagophytum procumbens root, also known as Devil’s Claw.
- One film-coated tablet contains 480 mg of extract (as dry extract) from Devil’s Claw root (Harpagophytum procumbens D.C. and/or H. zeyheri L. Decne.) (1.5-3.0:1). Extraction solvent: Ethanol 60% V/V.
- Other ingredients found in Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets are lactose, maize starch, microcrystalline cellulose, precipitated silica, colloidal silica and magnesium stearate (vegetable source). The tablet coating contains talc, titanium dioxide, macrogol and hypromellose.
Made from cultivated Devil’s Claw grown without the use of insecticides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers. We do not use genetically modified ingredients.
- Do not use if you have a hypersensitivity to Devil’s Claw or any of the other ingredients
- Do not use if you have a gastric or duodenal ulcer
- If you have heart problems, consult your doctor before using Devil’s Claw products such as Atrosan®
- Consult your doctor if joint pain is accompanied by swelling, redness or a fever
Like all Devil’s Claw
products, Atrosan® may cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Side effects of Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets are likely to be minor and take the form of digestive
symptoms (feeling sick, stomach discomfort and digestive upsets such as
sickness or diarrhoea, skin rash, itching, headache and dizziness).
Can I use Devil’s Claw tablets if I am already using painkillers from my doctor?
Yes, Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets may be used with other anti-inflammatory or pain relieving medicines.
I am taking HRT for my menopausal symptoms - can I use Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets?
Yes, Atrosan® Devil’s Claw can be taken with HRT and other types of hormonal medicines.
I find Sage tablets very helpful for my hot flushes. Can I take these with Devils’ Claw?
Yes, there are no contraindications to the use of Sage and Devil’s Claw taken together.
Will Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets cause an upset stomach?
Devil’s Claw extracts are not often associated with stomach upsets. However, some people may experience digestive symptoms as a side effect. If you suffer from a stomach or duodenal ulcer, do not use Atrosan® or any product containing Devil’s Claw.
How long will it take before I experience a benefit when using Atrosan® Devil’s Claw?
This depends on the individual. You should be able to feel for yourself when the product is helping you but if you do not find benefits within 8 weeks or if your condition worsens, seek the advice of your doctor. Unfortunately, the effect of medicines cannot be guaranteed as people respond differently.
I’ve not got arthritis but menopause makes my muscles and joints ache. Can I use Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets?
Yes you can take Atrosan® for joint or muscular pains.
Can you become addicted to Devil’s Claw?
Some people find that they become reliant on conventional painkilling medicines, especially those containing the compound codeine. However, no such compounds exist in Atrosan® Devil’s Claw, which is not associated with any addictive properties.
The Devil's Claw plant can only be found in the sands of the Kalahari in southern Africa.
Also known as ‘Grapple Hook’, the herb gets its name from the claw-shaped seed pod of the plant. Bearing barbed spikes shaped like a claw, the Devil’s Claw can hook itself onto the hoof or muzzle of grazing animals helping the plant disperse its seeds over a wide area.
However, it is not the claw of the plant but the water-storing root or tuber of Devil's Claw that is used as a traditional herbal medicine. These are dug up in the wild from the desert sands – and with its roots harvested, the Devil’s Claw plant dies.
So the increasing awareness of the value of Devil’s Claw extracts in rheumatism products for joint pain relief has come at a price. With up to 15 million wild plants uprooted each year, this traditional form of ‘wild-harvesting’ has threatened the existence of the Devil’s Claw plant in its natural habitat.
For A.Vogel, the development of Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets as a herbal remedy for joint and muscular pain relief had to be done without harming nature.
Cultivation of Devil’s Claw plants had never been achieved before. Working with scientists and local farmers, A.Vogel managed, after many years of research work, to develop a unique and sustainable organic farming method for a herb that was previously impossible to cultivate.
The Devil's Claw plants used for A.Vogel Atrosan® are grown on a specially created farm in the Kalahari. Our plants are grown from seed – and as the Devil's Claw does not give up its seeds easily, special implements have to be used to extract these from the seed pod.
After germination, young plants with primary tubers are transplanted into carefully prepared strips of land to mature. Using an organic growing protocol, we cultivate top quality Devil’s Claw plants and, at the same time, minimise the impact on the stock of wild-growing Devil’s Claw plants and the natural environment.
It takes four years for each plant to mature and only then does our local workforce harvest the water-storage tubers. This task is performed by hand so that the main tuber can be replanted and left to grow once more to maturity.
This ensures a continuing supply of Devil’s Claw plants for rheumatism and joint products such as Atrosan® Devil’s Claw tablets.