Devil's Claw Makes Work Possible for Idle Hands
As many as 1 in 10 adults in the UK suffer from some form of rheumatic ailment. What's more, these conditions can be extremely painful, ranging from twinges through stiffness to raging inflammatory joint pain.
Conventionally, there are few appealing options, as most of the anti-inflammatory medications on offer carry unpleasant side effects with them, as those of you experiencing digestive discomfort or worrying about cardiovascular problems will know.
Nature, on the other hand, presents a safe and effective remedy that can benefit everyone without worrying about side effects.
What the Devil is this wonderful remedy?
Devil's Claw is a peculiar name, I grant you, but it derives from the seedpod of the plant, which is extremely tough, and shaped like a gnarled claw. Due to the barbed spikes on the claw, it will hook itself onto the hoof or muzzle of grazing animals, and thus ensure its dispersion over a wider area, as the animal will involuntarily carry it for some distance before being able to shake it off. It is also known as Grapple Hook plant, due to this particularly cunning and effective transportation scheme.
What does it do?
Fortunately, it's not the spiky bit that we use, but the water-storing tuber of the Devil's Claw, which is dug up from under the desert sands, and made into an extract that has been used in Africa for centuries, and throughout Europe for many years.
Devil's Claw has an anti-inflammatory effect all around the body, not just in one particular spot, so it's good if you have general aches and pains, as well as if you suffer in one area.
The best news is that there are no side effects at all. The anti-inflammatory action doesn't block any of the body's natural processes, as some conventional medications do, so there is no danger of harming the stomach lining, the kidneys, or of causing any circulatory or vascular problems.
Can you prove Devil's Claw works?
In an open clinical study 259 patients, who had at least a joint or a body part giving slight to moderate rheumatic problems, were treated with two Devil's Claw tablets daily over a period of 8 weeks.
Once the treatment was complete, 26% of the patients who took painkillers for their rheumatic conditions were able to stop taking this medication completely and an additional 45% were able to reduce the dose. For each painful joint or each body part, the severity of the pain was recorded by means of a Visual Analogue Scale on a scale of 0 (no problems) to 10 (very severe problems). A significant improvement was shown in all conditions. General pain levels sunk from 4.9 to 3.3, and general stiffness decreased from 5.1 to 3.1. In individual joints, pain significantly decreased by between 36 to 58%, and back pain was reduced significantly by about 37%.
Effectiveness was assessed by doctors and patients as being very good and the tolerability was rated by 87% as good. 74.3% of the participants said that they would take the tablets again. The study showed that the Devil's Claw were an effective and tolerable basic therapy for patients with mild to moderate rheumatic problems.
Why is it good for porcupines?
In the desert, porcupines like to eat the tubers of Devil's Claw plants. At the moment the natural wild sources of Devil's Claw are threatened by wild harvesting, with no replanting undertaken. This threatens the eco-balance of the area, as well as removing a source of food for hungry porcupines. We grow our own Devil's Claw plants on specially established farms that give work to local people and ensure that we are adding to the wealth of the area, both ecologically and economically, as well as creating healthy Devil's Claw plants to make our tincture.Previous article | Issue Index | Next article