12 Nov 2013

DEVILS’ CLAW – A GREAT HERB FOR PAIN – OSTEOARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITITIS, BURSITIS, BACK PAIN AND HEADACHE

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DEVILS’ CLAW  – A GREAT HERB FOR PAIN – OSTEOARTHRITIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRTITIS, BURSITIS, BACK PAIN AND HEADACHE

 Devil’s Claw is a Herb native to Africa (especially South Africa). It was introduced to Europe in the early 1900’s, and it is used widely in Germany and France

Studies show that Devil’s claw is analgaesic and anti-inflammatory.

  • Devil’s claw is used to fight inflammation or relieve pain in arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, tendonitis, lower back pain, knee and hip pain, headache, soft tissue pain (muscle aches), and childbirth pain.
  • As a digestive bitter Devil’s Claw enhances liver and gallbladder function, and is also used for digestive disorders including loss of appetite, and to relieve heartburn

 Several studies have found that taking devil’s claw for 8 – 12 weeks reduces pain and improves physical functioning in people with osteoarthritis.

One 4-month study of 122 people with knee and hip osteoarthritis compared devil’s claw and a leading European medication for pain relief. The people who took devil’s claw had as much pain relief as the people who took the medication. Those who took devil’s claw had fewer side effects and needed fewer pain relievers throughout the study.

Since studies have shown no side effects, even at very high doses, Devil’s claw can be an alternative for those taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, which can cause liver and stomach problems.

Devil’s claw can be a healthier approach to treating joint pain. Devil’s claw is considered nontoxic and safe, with few side effects if taken at the recommended dose for a short time. However, caution with peptic ulcer, and avoid in pregnancy and breast-feeding.  If you are taking prescription medication, discuss any possible interactions with your Naturopath.

OTHER HERBS TO HELP RELIEVE PAIN AND INFLAMMATION include: Turmeric, Cat’s Claw, Boswellia, and Willow Bark.

If you want an alternative to drugs for your pain and inflammation, please contact me to make an appointment.

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