The Benefits of Cats Claw
Cats Claw is a vine commonly known as Una de Gato and is used traditionally
in Peruvian medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health problems,
particularly digestive complaints and arthritis and to treat wounds,
stomach problems, cancer, and more. It has only recently caught the
attention of western herbalists and researchers. Today, mainly by word of
mouth, it has become one of the best selling herbs in the USA.
Since the 1970s, studies and research have been carried out by scientists
in Peru, Germany, Austria, England, and other countries, to find out more
about the powerful healing properties of Cat's Claw. Today, mainly by word
of mouth, it has become one of the best selling herbs in the USA. Not since
quinine was discovered in the bark of a Peruvian tree during the
seventeenth century had any other rainforest plant ever prompted worldwide
The most attention was given to the oxindole alkaloids found in the bark
and roots of Cats Claw, which has been documented to stimulate the immune
system. It is these seven different alkaloids that are credited with having
a variety of different medicinal and healing properties. The most
immunologically active alkaloid is believed to be Isopteropodin (Isomer A),
which increases the immune response in the body and act as antioxidants to
rid the body of free radicals. 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.
It has been suggested that Cat's claw extracts exert a direct
anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 (a breast cancer cell line). This has
led to its use as an adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as
other diseases that negatively impact the immunological system. In
addition, the presence of glycosides, proanthocyanidins and beta-sitosterol
help provide anti-viral and anti-inflammatory support for the body. These
alkaloids also exert a beneficial effect on memory. Cat's claw is
considered a remarkably potent inhibitor of TNF-alpha production.
This herb's anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve arthritis,
gout, and other inflammatory problems. The primary mechanism for Cat's claw
anti-inflammatory actions appears to be immunomodulation via suppression of
Cat's Claw may help create support for the intestinal and immune systems of
the body, and may also create intestinal support with its ability to
cleanse the entire intestinal tract. This cleansing helps create support
for people experiencing different stomach and bowel disorders, including
colitis, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky bowel
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In addition, in one study, human volunteers who took Cat's claw for 8 weeks
showed improved DNA repair.
Cat's Claw can often be found combined with other 'immune' herbs with
similar healing properties such as Echinacea and may:
- reduce pain and inflammation of rheumatism, arthritis and other types of
- have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties that inhibit cancer cell
- promote the healing of wounds.
- be useful for the treatment of gastric ulcers and intestinal complaints
- help to relieve chronic pain.
- enhance immunity by stimulating the immune system.
- help people experiencing stomach and bowel disorders, including colitis,
Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky bowel syndrome, gastritis,
and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation.
- help fight both viral and fungal infections such as Herpes and Candida.
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