The root of the devil’s claw plant has been traditionally used to provide relief of joint pain caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been shown to alleviate muscle pain and enhance mobility for people with muscle injuries. Devil’s claw is extremely bitter, and makes a very good digestive aid.
The two most well known active ingredients in devil’s claw are beta-sitosterol and harpagoside. It is thought that these possess anti-inflammatory properties. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recognises devil’s claw as having analgesic, sedative and diuretic properties.