Arthritis, Rheumatism, Fibromyalgia, Joint Pain, Connective Tissue Pain, Indigestion
Devil's Claw, a tuber from Africa, is known for its use in arthritis. It reduces inflammation and is pain-relieving for the joints and connective tissue. Some clinical studies have shown that it is effective in alleviating arthritic symptoms. The harpagosides in Devil's Claw are partially responsible for this. It can be used for long term or acute joint pain. It can help pain from overuse as well.
Devil's Claw seems to help reduce chronic muscle pain, such as is found in fibromyalgia. Devil's Claw seems to calm down inflammatory conditions in the connective tissue, especially if persistent. It combines well with skullcap for muscle pain.
Devil's Claw also increases gastric digestive enzymes, thus aiding in protein and fat digestion. It has been known to help reduce cholesterol and uric acids in the blood, which can lead to gout.