The Benefits of Cat’s Claw


What is Cat’s Claw?

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?

Arthritis/Cancer/Diverticulitis/HIV-Aids/Lyme DiseaseWound Healing

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).

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If you have a favorite Cat’s Claw that you use or one your doctor suggests is a good one, please let us know in the comments. Here are some you can buy on Amazon.

Disclaimer: As with any Lyme disease or other chronic illness treatments, there are good experiences and bad experiences. We at do not promote or endorse any treatments. We are just collecting data and experiences and bringing them to you to help you start researching and educating yourself. We hope this information will help you and your medical provider find the right healing tools for you.

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