Unlike its name, the Devils Claw is not going to horrify you or impart any pain in your heart or body but in contrast give you soothing experience and relief from pain. This must have made you eager to know what is the Devil’s claw. It is a medicinal plant, having hooked fruit, which appears like a claw and thus got this infamous name. This peculiarity in external appearance got other synonyms for this hook plant, as it is also known as wood spider, grapple plant.
Although unsavoury reputation it got from the name but despite this, it stands superior by virtue of important medicinal properties. Native African people routinely use the Devils claw herb and its extracts for treatment of different types of arthritis and related pain since ancient time. The main part of plant that possesses the medicinal properties is the Devil’s claw root. The tuberous Devils claw root may be chopped into small pieces and then boiled with water to get the extract.
Devils claw extract is also commonly used as pain reliever (analgesic) and helps in curing indigestion, allergies and fever. It works wonder for various disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is very accepted and effective natural treatment for arthritis, rheumatism, joint-pain, neck-pain, gout, chondro-protection, tendonitis and other degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
It gives wonder in relieving pains and ache in the muscles in addition to pain-free improvement of mobility. Although it is similar in action to NSAIDS(Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs),it is with less side effects and thus preferred over NSAIDS.Due to all these reasons Devils claw is popular as ‘natural bute’.
Devils claw herbal preparations are although not recognized by FDA(USA) the federal agencies of countries in Europe recommend it for specific treatments as OTC (over the counter /non-prescription) drug for different types of disorders including neck-pain and non-specific lower-back pain(NSLBP).