Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is a plant that got is name from the miniature hooks that cover the fruit. The Khoisan peoples of Madagascar and the Kalahari Desert have used devil’s claw root to treat pain and other complaints for hundreds of years.

It came into Europe from Africa in the early 1900’s and today is used for degenerative joint diseases like arthritis and low back pain, knee and hip pain and other painful disorders like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis and some digestive disorders.

A German study examined the use of it for slight to moderate back, neck and shoulder pain and in the four week study it showed that there was a significant reduction in pain in the people taking devil’s claw compared to the placebo group. It is approved as a non prescription medicine by the German Commission E. A recent study showed that it can relieve pain in as little as ten days of use.



9 thoughts on “DEVIL’S CLAW FOR BACK PAIN…

  1. You are quite right in quoting Khoi and the San peoples as being familiar with Devil’s Claw root…for back-pain treatment…:yes:
    For the sake of clarity….There are not…never ever has been Khoi-San people in Madagascar….Khoi-San are unique to ancient southern Africa….particular to Kalahari and southwards….;)


  2. It does work wonders.

    It works for dogs, too. Well it certainly worked with our dear old Paddington’s arthritis. Before we gave it to him he was virtually bedridden, but after a few days it was like we’d adopted a bloody big puppy!


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