Devils Claw Popularity Makes It One of Southern Africa's Chief Herbs

    Devils Claw spawns nasty spiny fruits but is one of Southern Africa's top herbs that have been supplied to the world. Devils Claw are mostly grown in the savana biodome in soils that are sandy and sometimes rocky. Though Devils Claw is nutrient poor, they still offer a useful for a range of medicinal purposes.

    Devil's claw is a veritable remedy, but only whole extracts have the therapeutic effect, not isolated parts. Some of the Devils Claw's properties are listed:

    analgesic, anti-arrhythmic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, diuretic, hypotensive, laxative, purgative, sedative, uterocontractant and a febrifuge, cholelogue and bitter tonic. In western medicine it is mainly used for arthritis and rheumatism.

    Devils Claw has also been recommended for animals for treating diseases of the liver, kidneys, and bladder as well as headaches, climatic problems, and above all rheumatism and arthritis. Ways to consume the herb would be through sprays, drops and capsules.