Devil's claw has been recommended for treating a wide variety of
conditions, including diseases of the liver, kidneys, and bladder, as
well as allergies, arteriosclerosis, lumbago, gastrointestinal
disturbances, menstrual difficulties, neuralgia, headache, climacteric
(change of life) problems, heartburn, nicotine poisoning, and above all,
rheumatism and arthritis.
African traditional remedy - Devil's claw is used by various
peoples in southern Africa, including the Khoikhoin and the Bantu.
Traditionally devil's claw has been used as a tonic, especially for
digestive problems; for arthritis and rheumatism; to reduce fevers; and
as an ointment for sores, ulcers, and boils.
Western uses - Current Western use of devil's claw is broadly in
line with its traditional application. Devil's claw is commonly
available over the counter in tablet form for arthritic and rheumatic
conditions and can bring relief from pain arising from a range of joint
and muscular problems, including gout, back pain, fibrositis, and
Other Uses - Temporomandibular joint syndrome or disorder / TMJ (TMD).