Therapeutic Uses

Essential Oil
of Devil's Club Bark

*Laboratory analysis of the essential oil was conducted and the top 29 components by concentration were identified.  Each of these were researched in the national medical and industrial databases. 84 laboratory studies and published articles were reviewed; they provide detailed usage and effectiveness of these compounds.  Common categories were consolidated and summarized in this table.  This data represents the findings of the medical and scientific communites as of October 2021; it does not constitute a medical recommendation or claim to cure or treat a medical condition and have not been evaluated by the F.D.A.        

Although essential oils are primarily judged by the effectiveness and therapeutic use of the primary constituent (component), the essential oil as a whole should be evaluated for effectiveness against both category of ailment AND specific use and condition for treating an ailment. 

 

The chart below shows the cumulative uses of the constituents of devil's club essential oil (from branch bark) in various categories and is meant as an example of the diversity of potential uses

 

As with other essential oils, it is not equally effective against all conditions; most of the uses are results of laboratory studies on cells or animals.  Additional clinical trials are desired.

 

Use

Cancer treatment (brain, breast,cervical, colon, gastric, leukemia, liver, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin)

Antiparasitic (anti-schistosomal,anti-leishman, lice, other)

Antibacterial (topical, internal, and for surface cleaning); staff infections

Antioxidant

 

Antifungal (topical and for surface cleaning)

Anti-inflammatory (general, bronchitis, back inflammation, hepatitis)

 

Ulcer treatment

Disease treatment (chagas, malaria, parkinson's, schizophrenia, tuberculosis, AKI- acute kidney injury, ALI- acute lung injury and pneumonia, HPV)

 

Insecticide

 

anti-anxiety

 

Pain relief, chronic (anti-nociceptive)

 

Skin penetration enhancer for topical medicines

 

misc- DNA repair/function (2.55), uterus relaxant (2.55), stimulate autoimmune system (2.55), women's health (1.8), cellular membrane stabilizer (.38), brain cell protection (.37), diuretic/laxative (.35), sedative (.29)

% of bark oil ingredients 

​91.3

 

84.2

 

81.3

 

79.1

 

74.1

 

68.6

 

64.7

 

​64.5

63.7

63.4

62.7

62.5

 

.29 - 2.55

Customers report that devilsclub distilled oil (essential oil) is as effective as CBD essential oil at managing chronic pain- at a fraction of the concentration. There are no common active ingredients between the two.

There are a number of uses for devilsclub in Native American medicine.  Below is a chart showing the numbers of times a remendy appears in native literature by nation.

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A webinar about therapeutic uses was recorded on 2/17/2021 and is available here

 

The accompanying slide deck is available here.