Devils Claw for Horses
DEVILS CLAW - Harpagophytum procumbens
What are the benefits of Devils Claw for Horses?
Devils Claw is a native of South and Eastern Africa. It is used for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is useful for treating pain in a range of joint and muscular problems. The bitter action of Devils Claw stimulates and tones the digestive system. As it is thought that most arthritic conditions are associated with poor digestion and absorption of food, Devils Claw has a stimulant effect on the stomach and gall bladder which contributes to its use as an anti-arthritic remedy.
Devils Claw has been reportedly used at a rate of 1 to 2 tablespoons, twice a day. Do not feed to pregnant mares or horses known to suffer from stomach ulcers.
Devils Claw root can be added as powder to the horse feed or made as a tea and added to the feed. An infusion will act more quickly that the dried powder. Boil water then add the Devils Claw root. Allow to cool then add the infusion including the root, to the horse feed.
In some equine sporting disabilities, Devils Claw maybe be a banned substance. It would be wise to check sporting body to check the use of Devils Claw during competition.
WARNING : This information is provided as general information. For specific medical advice, please consult your veterinarian or natural health practitioner.