Get Arthritis Relief From a Powerful Jungle Herb
By Al Sears, MD
Not long ago, on a trip to Peru, I came across some huge vines known as Devil's Claw.
Despite its ominous name, Devil's Claw has many healing properties. I've found about a dozen studies that cite its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and even lower-back pain.
Devil's Claw has an effect similar to the "Cox-2" anti-inflammatory drugs like Vioxx and Celebrex, but without the risky side effects. A study published in the journal Rheumatology compared a Devil's Claw extract with Vioxx for six weeks in 79 patients with severe lower-back pain. The Devil's Claw turned out to be just as effective as Vioxx in reducing pain.
Devil's Claw is available in capsule, tincture, and tea form. You can find it at your local health food store. When I prescribe it in my clinic, I start with 600 mg three times a day. Look for 50 mg to 100 mg of the active ingredient harpagoside in each capsule. As with all herbal remedies, talk to your doctor before starting your treatment.
[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor's Heart Cure , is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]