Devils claw gets its name from the hooks that cover the fruits skin and that hang on animals hoofs, thus allowing the species to spread. Traditional African and European medicines use devils claw for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties as well as its tonic activity on liver and stomach. Traditionally, it is used for arthritis, gout, muscle pain of all types (myalgia), lumbago, etc. as well as for loss of appetite, liver disorders and dyspepsia. In African pharmacopoeia, devils claw is used for urinary and menstrual problems.