Devil’s Claw is an herb native to Africa, particularly the Kalahari and Savannah desert regions of the South and Southeast regions of the country. Its botanical name, Harpagophytum, means “hook plant” in Greek, and it’s the tiny hooks all over its fruit that earned it its ominous name.
However, don’t let its name fool you. Devil’s Claw actually shows great promise for supporting human health. Historically it has been valued for pain relief and treatment of fever, malaria and liver and kidney problems. It’s also used for skin problems (such as healing sores and boils) and, after it was introduced to Europe in the early 1900s, was used medicinally to restore appetite and relieve heartburn, pain and inflammation.[i]
Devil’s Claw is an Inflammation-Fighting, Pain-Relieving Superstar
Modern-day research supports what our ancestors already knew, which is that this unassuming herb has powerful pain-relieving properties. Devil’s Claw contains iridoid glycosides, which are strong anti-inflammatory substances. One iridoid in particular, called harpagoside, has shown particular promise in research studies.
As reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:[ii]
“Harpogophytum procumbens [Devil’s Claw] is used for a wide variety of health conditions in the form of infusions, decoctions, tinctures, powders and extracts. In addition to the common local use for arthritis and pain, other ethnomedicinal uses include dyspepsia, fever, blood diseases, urinary tract infections, postpartum pain, sprains, sores, ulcers and boils.
Scientific studies revealed that H. procumbens exhibits analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-epileptic, antimicrobial and antimalarial activities amongst others. Iridoid glycosides and phenylpropanoid glycosides have been the focus of phytochemical investigations as the biological activity has been ascribed to the iridoid glycosides (such as harpagoside and harpagide), which are common in nature and are known to possess anti-inflammatory activity.”
Following are some of the most relevant research findings to date:
- Back and neck pain: Devil’s Claw, in a daily dose of 50 mg or 100 mg harpagoside, reduced back and neck pain more than a plaebo. At a standardized daily dose of 60 mg, meanwhile, Devil’s Claw reduced back pain about the same as a daily dose of 12.5 mg of the painkiller Vioxx.[iii]
- Osteoarthritis pain: People treated with Devil’s Claw (along with turmeric and bromelain) reported significant improvements in osteoarthritis pain. The researchers concluded that these natural anti-inflammatories may be a “valuable and safe alternative to NSAIDs in patients suffering from degenerative joint diseases.”[iv] Research shows Devil’s Claw is effective for treating arthritis of the spine, hip and knee.
- Post-operative and Neuropathic pain: An animal study found that an extract of Devil’s Claw has pain-relieving effects for postoperative pain and chronic neuropathic pain.[v]
Devil’s Claw Also Has Antioxidant Powers
Although Devil’s Claw is most widely known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and pain-relieving properties, it has other unique attributes as well, including antioxidant properties. In fact, researchers suspect that some of Devil’s Claw’s anti-inflammatory power may be due to its antioxidant activity, which prevents both oxidative stress and loss of cell viability.[vi]
It’s known that excess free radicals contribute to tissue damage related to inflammation, so the fact that Devil’s Claw is also an antioxidant only adds to its impressive benefits.
Devil’s Claw is Just One of the 12 Most Powerful Natural Anti-Inflammatories in Heal-n-Soothe®
Devil’s Claw is already widely used in Germany and France, but in the United States it’s still relatively unheard of. This is a shame, since it shows so much promise for relieving pain as well as widely prescribed medications, but with fewer side effects. As reported by the University of Maryland Medical Center:[vii]
“The people who took devil’s Claw had as much pain relief as the people who took the [pain] medication. Those who took devil’s Claw had fewer side effects and needed fewer pain relievers throughout the study.”
Each serving of all-natural Heal-n-Soothe® contains 30 mg of Devil’s Claw extract, but that’s not all. It also contains clinically effective doses of Turmeric, Boswellia extract, Bromelain, Rutin, Ginger and more. In all, this pain-fighting formula contains 12 of nature’s most powerful and safest inflammation fighters. On their own, each of these ingredients has been proven through both clinical studies and thousands of years of use to be safe and effective.
But together, they work synergistically to quickly reduce inflammation and pain.
Heal-n-Soothe® not only has the most powerful combination of natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving ingredients, it also has the strongest and highest potency of any proteolytic enzyme formulation available! If you want the benefits of Devil’s Claw plus much more, try this amazing blend. You won’t be disappointed, but don’t take my word for it.
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Written By: Updated: April 16,2014