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Herb of the week: Devil’s Claw

Posted Oct 23 2008 3:24pm

Devil’s claw The scary name may hide all the benefits of this incredible plant of the seasame family. Devil’s claw, originally from southern Africa and the island of Madagascar, has been used medicinally for hundreds of years.

It has been used as an herbal supplement to support several health issues such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lower back pain. In addition, African tribes have been using devil’s claw to treat gastrointestinal difficulties for years.

The name devil’s claw is derived from the herb’s unusual fruits, which are covered with numerous small claw-like appendages. However, the fruits aren’t used in herbal supplements as most of the extracts are produced from the secondary roots.

Researchers have found that devil’s claw supplements can alleviate arthritic pain symptoms if product is taken on a daily basis. Recommended dosage may vary depending on age, diet and the severity of the osteoarthritis. In most cases, an average of 600mg to 1200mg of devil’s claw extract per day should be enough to obtain results from natural supplements.

Arthritis is one of the most difficult health problems to get immediate results. Some people have had significant improvements from continue use of devils’ claw supplements according to studies.

The herb may be used externally for a few minor issues, such as treating sores, ulcers, boils and skin lesions. Devil’s claw may also help reducing fever and to stimulate digestion, although herbal combinations may provide better and quicker results.

Nature’s Way Standardized Devil’s Claw - 90 Capsules
Herb Pharm Flexible Joint Compount Angelica/Devil’s Claw Compound - 1 oz.
Herbs, Etc Arthrotonic (Devil’s Claw/Yucca Complex) - 1 oz.

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