Alternative medicine as the Cats Claw have been used for thousand years by ancient Peruvians as a natural medicine for several diseases such as arthritis, joint pain. Cats Claw is a powerful natural anti-inflamatory herb and it is totally safe and does not have side effects as many prescription medicine.
Cat’s Claw (Tea´s bags and caps available)
Cat’s Claw is a tropical vine that grows in rainforest and jungle areas in South America and Asia. Some cultures refer to the plant as the “Sacred Herb of the Rain Forest”.
This vine gets its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which looks like a cat’s claw. These claws enable the vine to attach itself around trees climbing to a heights up to 100 feet.
The plant is considered a valuable medicinal resource and is protected in Peru. Although scientific research has just recently begun to explore cat’s claw, many cultures native to the South American rain forest areas have used this herb for hundreds of years.
Current studies show it may have positive effects on, and can boost the body’s immune system. With recent fear of HIV, studies on cat’s claw have started to move quickly.
The active substances in Cat’s Claw are alkaloids, tannins and several other phytochemicals. Some of the alkaloids have been proven to boost the immune system. The major alkaloid rhynchophylline has anti-hypertensive effects and may reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, reducing heart rate and controlling cholesterol.
Other constituents contribute anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer properties. Many treatments combine the herb with different plants and natural products to increase the absorption and bioavailability. Cat’s Claw has long been used as a homeopathic treatment for intestinal ailments. Uses include: Crohn’s disease, arthritis, joint pain, osteoarthritis, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome.
By stimulating the immune system, it can also improve response to viral and respiratory infections. European clinical studies have used the extract from the bark in combination with AZT in the treatment of AIDS.
It is also used in the treatment and prevention of arthritis and rheumatism, as well as diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and prostrate conditions.
Tribal people in the regions where cat’s claw grows have used medicines prepared from the root bark for at least 2,000 years. They’ve used it to treat so many illnesses that it sounds like an amazing super drug.For example, sexually transmitted diseases, arthritis, ulcer, and cancer are all reported to be cured by cat’s claw.
After these claims drew the attention of scientists in Europe, tests were able to show that ingredients in cat’s claw have some potentially powerful qualities. Cat’s claw reportedly has immune stimulant and anti-inflammatory activity; it may be helpful for the treatment of colds, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, or Crohn’s disease. Much more research needs to be done on this plant and its medicinal properties. Still, cat’s claw ranked among the top 10 herbs sold in American natural food stores by 1997.
Dosage: 2 or 3 tea cups daily it is enough do not take exceed.(also tabs available)
Uncaria tomentosa), “Vilcacora”, “Cat’s claw” – Rubiaceae family
Parts used: Inner bark
Uña de gato is the most sacred herb among the Ashaninkas, Campo and some other Amazonian tribes. According to indigenous Shamans Uña de Gato serves as a bridge and balancer between the two worlds “physical and spiritual”; they believe in spiritual causes of ill health, they believe that firstly soul becomes ill then the body, the sacred balance/unity is broken, therefore Uña de Gato is helping to unify the two. They believe that greed and anger often causes cancer, fear causes Asthma, etc.
Klaus Keplinger (Austrian scientist) started analysis of Cat’s Claw properties in 1974.
Properties/Action/Usage in: cancer, HIV, AIDS, urinary track infection & inflammations, arthritis, rheumatism, sciatic nerve spasm, ulcers, tumors, very potent immune system booster
Studies indicate that cat’s claw has the ability to protect cancer cells from maturing. For more info click here.
Note: It is advisable to clean out toxins and parasites to make herb usage more effective (see Fiber Buddy and Knock Out). Do not suggested for those with digestive problems such as gasthritis.