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            The Medicinal Properties of Cats Claw


     The South American herb, called Cat’s claw, otherwise known as Unicaria tomentosa or Una de gato comes from the Peruvian Amazon. It is a tropical creeping vine that grows upwards, to 100 feet. It actually comes from the same family of plant as coffee. This South American herb has been used for over 2000 years, as an anti-inflammatory and/or immune booster.

      Cat’s claw show promise for arthritis due to its sterol and chemical compounds that resemble steroids. In 2001, the journal called, “Inflammation Research” published a double blind study that found that cat’s claw helps with osteoarthritis of the knee, by significantly reducing pain with activity. They found the herb well tolerated and safe. Other scientists published research in the Journal of Rheumatology in 2002, that 60 mgs of Cat’s claw helped rheumatoid arthritis symptoms by reducing the number of painful joints, by 53.2% as compared to the placebo group which was 34.1%.

      This herb has good results in bowel disorders by helping to detox the intestinal tract and replenishing friendly bacteria. It appears that cat’s claw can help treat the fungus candida albicans, parasites, the stomach bacteria h. pylori and improve beneficial flora like acidophilus and bifidobacteria in the gut. It helps to heal the lining of the digestive tract, including stomach ulcers and intestinal tract.

      Some Austrian researchers have confirmed that Cat’s claw supports cancer patients by increasing their immune system. It seems to help boost the immune system so that people can take a full course of chemotherapy with regards to breast cancer, hodgkin’s disease, leukemia, melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is supportive of chemotherapy and radiation because it helps to remove toxins. One study published in, J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Jan 30;211:285-294, found that Cat’s claw helped delay the growth of squamous cell cancer growths. Another study published in, Genet Mol Res. 2017 Sep 27;16(3), found that cat’s claw when administered alongside a chemotherapeutic drug called cyclophosphamide, it significantly reduced its damage to the cells in the body. It appears that this herb can help with chemotherapy without hindering its affects.

      Cat’s claw is adaptive to the immune system, if there are too little white blood cells, macrophages, it stimulates them and if too many it reduces them. This herb also helps with stimulating the immune system that may be depressed in lyme disease. It helps the body with sinusitis, colds and flu, and as well H pylori. Stomach ulcers. A journal published research, Braz Oral Res. 2016;30(1):e61. doi: 10.1590/1807-3107BOR-2016.vol30.0061., that cat’s claw may also help with tooth infections. Some researchers has said it may show promise in HIV and AIDS as well.

      Not much information is given on Cat’s Claw’s use during pregnancy and lactation. Avoid if you have had or plan to have an organ donation, if you suffer from tuberculosis, hemophilia, autoimmune disease or multiple sclerosis. As well check with your pharmacist for contraindications if you take any prescription drugs.