Cats Claw is a vine found in South American rain forests, 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, 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. Not since quinine was discovered in the bark of a Peruvian tree during the seventeenth century had any other rainforest plant ever prompted worldwide attention.
The most attention was given to the oxindole alkaloids found in the bark and roots of Cats Claw, which have 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.
The master rain forest herbalist Leslie Taylor has used cat's claw tinctures and teas to treat cancer and HIV with remarkable success. Clinical studies show antitumor and anticancer effects on dog cancer and cat cancer as well.
This herb's anti-inflammatory properties has shown to relieve arthritis, joint pain, and other inflammatory problems. The primary mechanism for Cat's claw anti-inflammatory actions appears to be immunomodulation via suppression of TNF-alpha synthesis.
Cat's Claw may also help create support for the intestinal and immune systems of the body, and may also creates intestinal support with its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract. This cleansing helps create support for dogs experiencing different stomach and bowel disorders, including: colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky bowel syndrome.
Research has shown Cat's Claw is effective with:
Reduce pain and inflammation of rheumatism, arthritis and other types of inflammatory problems.
Have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties that inhibits cancerous cell formation.
Promote the healing of wounds.
Useful for treatment of gastric ulcers and intestinal complaints
Help to relieve chronic pain.
Enhance immunity by stimulating the immune system.
Assist dogs experiencing stomach and bowel disorders, including colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky bowel syndrome, gastritis and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation.
Help fight both viral and fungal infections such as Candida