Devils Claw has a large, claw-like fruit and is
also called grapple plant. The secondary root is considered medicinal
and is preferred by herbalists because of its high concentration
of beneficial components. It is useful for arthritis, liver problems,
arteriosclerosis, kidney and bladder problems, and stomach problems.
Devils Claw is also a
great blood cleanser and anti-inflammatory
From Life Extension Magazine: African herb relieves arthritis
pain - In a study published in a recent edition (volume
7 issue 3) of the journal Phytomedicine, French researchers tested
the herb Harpagophytum procumbens, commonly known as Devils claw,
on 122 osteoarthritis patients between the ages of 30 and 79. The
study participants, who had arthritis of the knee and hip, over
a four month period received either Devils claw or the drug diacerhein,
which is approved in France and Italy. Both the herb and drug groups
experienced similar pain relief benefits, but the group taking Devils
claw experienced significantly decreased side effects, particularly
less gastrointestinal distress.
Devils claw has been aproved by the German Commission E as a nonprescription
drug to treat pain and inflammation of the joints, termed degenerative
disorders of the locomotor system. The herb comes from the Kalahari
desert of Africa and is used in traditional African medicine.
"At least two previous clinical trials on Devils claw have
supported its use as an aid in treating lower back pain and rheumatic
conditions," commented Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanic
Council, an independent nonprofit education and research organization.
"This study is significant in that it is the first to show
the potential benefits of Devils claw for osteoarthritis. Although
more research is warranted, this may be good news to people who
suffer from osteoarthritis, as well as their physicians, whose therapeutic
choices have been fairly limited."