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There's more to easing back pain than a packet of pain killers. The herb with the freaky name, Devil's Claw, may offer a winning natural solution.
Devil's Claw gets its movie title-like name from the hook-covered fruit it bears, and in recent times, has enjoyed good press for its back pain treating benefits.
Clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of the herb for reducing muscle stiffness and pain, while also easing mobility.
In one such trial involving a six-week course of the supplement, 82 per cent of participants rated the overall efficacy as ‘good' or ‘very good' for reducing pain and mobility.
In another trial, muscle pain, muscle tension and mobility improved by at least 50 per cent. 60 per cent of participants stopped using their medication, and 56 per cent stopped taking anti-inflammatory medication.
As well as reducing inflammation and managing pain, recent findings suggest that devil's claw may also be protective against cartilage degradation in the joints.
In terms of pain relief, most studies demonstrate effects in 4-12 weeks, suggesting its strength lies in mainly semi-chronic and chronic conditions, rather than acute pain problems.
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