Cats Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a vine commonly known as Una de Gato and is used traditionally in Peruvian medicine. It is used for the treatment of a wide range of health problems such as digestive complaints and arthritis and to treat wounds, stomach problems, cancer, and more.
It is said to be an:
- Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory
- Pain Reliever
- Immune System Booster
- Enhances DNA Repair
- Suppresses Cancer Proliferation
- Anti Viral
What Illnesses does it Help?
How does it help?
Immune System: Cat’s Claw has oxindole alkaloids found in the bark and roots. of Cats Claw. Oxindole alkaloids have been found to stimulate the immune system. Compounds found in Cat’s Claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause disease, and they work to inhibit healthy cells from becoming cancerous.
Anti Inflammatory: Lyme patients also use Cat’s Claw for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to relieve arthritis pain, gout, and other inflammatory issues . The primary mechanism for Cat’s claw anti-inflammatory actions appears to be immunomodulation via suppression of TNF-alpha synthesis.
Bowel Health: Cat’s Claw is said to help with leaky gut syndrome with its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract. This also helps those with diverticulitis.
Note: There are some negative drug interactions with Cat’s Claw
Make sure to always check with your doctor and pharmacist before taking Cat’s Claw to make sure it doesn’t interact negatively with something you are taking. You can also check here:
Drug/Supplement Interaction Checker
Cat’s claw should not be combined with hormonal drugs, insulin, or vaccines. It may also cause the immune system to reject foreign cells so people who have received organ or tissue transplants should not use this herb. Cat’s claw has also been reported to potentiate, or intensify, the effects of antihypertensives (medications given to control high blood pressure).
- Cats Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa) by HerbsWisdom.com
- Cat’s Claw by Life Extension
- Review of antiviral and immunomodulating properties of plants of the Peruvian rainforest with a particular emphasis on Una de Gato and Sangre de Grado
- An active ingredient of Cat’s Claw water extracts identification and efficacy of quinic acid
- Efficacy and safety of freeze-dried cat’s claw in osteoarthritis of the knee: mechanisms of action of the species Uncaria guianensis
- Antiinflammatory actions of cat’s claw: the role of NF-kappaB
- The antiproliferative effects of Uncaria tomentosa extracts and fractions on the growth of breast cancer cell line
- Dr Buhner on Cat’s Claw
- Cat’s Claw for Lyme Disease by Dr Weil ( He is not a proponent of Cat’s Claw)
- Healing Reaction with TOA-Free Cat’s Claw
- Discover the incredible healing properties of Cat’s Claw
- Interactions with Cat’s Claw and other Meds
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