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Devil's Club Date Written 2007
Author Joe Holmes Date Revised  

Traditional use of devils club claims to treat various ailments including diabetes. I could only find one scientific report (item 1) and it does not verify the claims of devil's club. Reports 2 and 3 are included for general infoormation not scientific documentation.

1. Can Fam Physician. 1990 January; 36: 62–65. PMCID: PMC2280323 Effect of Devil's Club Tea on Blood Glucose Levels in Diabetes Mellitus H.V. Thommasen, R.A. Wilson, and R.G. McIlwain

Devil's club (Oplopanax horridum) is a popular medicinal plant used by Native Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest. One reported indication for using this plant is in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Several physicians have reported patients with diabetes who were able to maintain normal blood glucose levels while taking devil's club preparations. The authors performed a pilot study in which blood glucose levels were carefully monitored in an insulin-dependent diabetic patient, a newly diagnosed non-insulin-dependent diabetic, and two healthy adults while they drank devil's club tea. The limited data do not show any hypoglycemic effect of devil's club tea.

2. Devil’s club (Oplopanax horridus synonym Echinopanax horridum) is a plant native to the stream side forests of North America. It’s a plant for thrill-seekers, covered in tiny spines that cause some people to break out in an itchy rash. Its large, beautiful leaves and red berries make it an interesting addition to a wetland garden. Devil’s club is also used and respected as a medicinal plant with antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. (2)

3. Devil's club, a member of the ginseng family (Araliaceae), has long been used for many medical conditions by indigenous peoples of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Among the traditional medical uses of devil's club, the most widespread is for the treatment of external and internal infections. Traditionally, the inner bark of aerial stems was used. The most modern commercial preparations, however, use the root. Western herbalists use devil's club as a respiratory stimulant and expectorant, and for autoimmune conditions, eczema, external infections, internal infections, rheumatoid arthritis, sores and type II diabetes. They also use it to lower blood sugar and increase general well-being, and as a pancreatic tonic. At this time, there are no high-quality human trials supporting the use of devil's club for any indication. (3)


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