Devil’s Claw For Gout? Witch Doctor Hocus Pocus Or Scientific Fact?

Devil’s Claw is a plant found in South Africa and used by locals there as a digestive aid and may help to ease sore joints, like lower back, knee and hip pain as well as arthritis. It comes from the fruit of a Southern African plant. The fruit is shaped like a claw, hence the name “devil’s claw”. It was discovered by European colonists in the 18th century as a popular anti-inflammatory and arthritis treatment; it is more common in Europe today more notably in Germany where their version of the FDA, the German Commission E have Devil’s Claw approved as non-prescription medicine, rather than the US where it’s lesser known.

What do we know about Devil’s Claw

It can be a herbal treatment for gout since it is a type of arthritis and offers pain relief to people who suffer from pain, instead of using pain killers. Although there isn’t any overwhelming evidence out there done from studies proving that it is an effective treatment for gout, there are a few studies worth mentioning. One small study showed Devils’ claw may be just as effective in treating back pain as the drug Vioxx. A UK study showed evidence that Devil’s Claw may relieve pain from arthritis as quickly as in 10 days of use.

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Another study done in France with 2 groups of patients, one was given capsules containing Devil’s Claw and the second group received a pharmaceutical drug to treat osteoarthritis. Both groups experienced similar benefits but the patients taking the Devils’ Claw obviously experienced significantly fewer side effects than those taking the drug. Furthermore, Devil’s Claw has been shown to lower arterial blood pressure in rats and has been clinically shown to lower blood lipids and cholesterol. Unfortunately, there aren’t any conclusive studies done on relieving pain in gout but if it works for those with arthritis, it may help the gout sufferer somewhat and it definitely won’t harm you.

Finally, the substances that lower uric acid in Devil’s claw are called harpagosides, which are anti-inflammatory substances. I’ve never experimented with Devil’s Claw, if you have and have found success; please make sure to comment below about your personal experience. Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking it. You can buy Devil’s Claw in any health food store; usually people like to take it in the form of capsules (as an extract) 2-3 times daily found on Amazon.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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    8 replies to "Gout and Devil’s Claw"

    • Fernando Davila

      I am a gout patient since 1974. I stopped using rx medications a long time ago because of their side effects.

    • Melvin Kimble

      I’ve went back to devil’s claw because it definitely helps with pain. Uloric works but devil’s claw seems to ease the symptoms faster.

    • shekitha

      I am amazed because I suffer horribly with gout and have been on steroids for years because nothing worked as fast. I could not walk coming into work due to pain and swelling of my left foot. I brought Devil’s Claw and never used it until NOW!!!! MY foot was in so much pain that I was brought to tears. I didn’t really think it would work but after 30 droplets in my water, I can stand on my foot and the pain is only about a 3. This was my 1st time ever using it and I WILL CONTINUE TO USE IT. IT MAY NOT BE FOR EVERYONE BUT I AM HAPPY IT WORKED FOR ME.

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    • Willie Richard III

      I have battled with gout for 13 years. I’m taking the medz for gout because I stopped taking devils claw and a few other herbs. I ate a few things that I didn’t suspect was high in purines. Tumeric and Bromelain. I was taking a few others but the doctor said that was fluff, I beg to differ.

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