Natural Remedies for Arthritis Symptoms: Devil’s Claw

by on July 1st, 2010 at 7:00 am

There are many natural remedies that can be used to relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Devil’s Claw is a desert plant that grows in the southern part of the African continent. Its name comes from the tiny claw-like hooks that cover its fruit.  The native people of the Kalahari Desert have dried and chopped up the roots for medicinal use for centuries.

The most common uses for Devil’s claw are as a natural remedy to treat pain and indigestion and for topical applications on sores and other skin conditions.

Recently, a number of clinical studies have shown that devil’s claw can help relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, particularly symptoms affecting the knee or hip.  It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

According to a report from 2001, in Europe, devil’s claw accounted for 74 percent of prescriptions for rheumatic complaints.

Devil’s claw also is available in capsules or pills, as a tincture or liquid extract, and dried root. Ask your herbalist or doctor what dosage is right for you.

Caution: Devil’s claw can affect stomach-acid levels and should be avoided by people with ulcers. It also may lower blood sugar levels, so it not recommended for those taking any medications or supplements that affect blood sugar.

Have you tried devil’s claw for arthritis pain? We’d love to hear from you!

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