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 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 to be just as effective in treating back pain as the drug Vioxx. A UK study showed evidence that Devil’s Claw can relieve pain from arthritis as quickly as in 10 days of use.
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 should 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. For your information, Devil’s Claw is also a key ingredient inside my proprietary blend which is sold as a dietary supplement on Amazon called NutriGout. Make sure to check it out!
Posted by Spiro Koulouris