According to researchers at Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic, as many as 36 million women are struggling with an achy back right now -- and 90 percent of Americans will be slammed with bad back pain at some point in their life.
Rx: Devil’s claw. At least 12 studies have shown that this herb -- which got its odd name from the hook-like points on its fruit -- relieves back pain as effectively as prescription pain relievers, but without the tummy upset or other side effects. In fact, just 2 to 4 grams daily soothes even severe back pain for 75 percent of people within one month -- and it makes chronic pain disappear for at least one in three sufferers. “Credit goes to devil’s claw’s active ingredient -- harpagoside -- a proven pain reliever and muscle relaxant, plus a surprisingly powerful anti-inflammatory,” explains Luke Mortensen, Ph.D., herbal researcher and professor of pharmacology at Des Moines University in Iowa.