Also known as grapple plant and wood spider.
Composition of Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw contains useful bioflavonoids and phytosterols, which are plant-based antioxidants with antispasmodic properties.
The plant has historically been used in the treatment of pain, fever and malaria and for kidney and liver conditions. Devil’s claw is also used topically in ointments for various skin conditions, boils and sores.
Health Benefits of Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is one of the most frequently used home remedies for arthritis. Like turmeric, devil’s claw serves as a natural anti-inflammatory. Like the South American root, cat’s claw, devil’s claw is used to relieve the symptoms of arthritis and digestive problems.
History of Devil’s Claw
Devil’s claw is derived from the dried roots of the plant. Traditional and folk doctors have prescribed devil’s claw for centuries to treat digestive ills, reduce fever, relieve pain and to treat certain pregnancy symptoms.
Used in South Africa for centuries, it was introduced to the Europeans during the early part of the twentieth century. In Europe, the dried roots of the plant have been traditionally used to relieve pain and inflammation, as an appetite stimulant and to relieve indigestion and heartburn.
These days, devil’s claw is a popular natural remedy in parts of Europe especially in France and Germany.
A native of South Africa, devil’s claw derives its spooky sounding name from the little hooks covering its fruit.