Label: Beneficial Botanicals
Botanical Name: Uncaria tomentosa
Other Names: una-de-gato
Parts Used: inner bark
Origin: Peru, ethically harvested
Shelf Life: approx 4 yrs stored in a cool dark place
Known to be used for the following:
Anti-inflammatory for Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Anti-inflammatory for Lyme Disease Symptoms
Stimulate the Immune System
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Osteoarthritis - Cat's Claw, also called Una de Gato, is from the Peruvian rainforest and has been used for hundreds of years by the native Ashanica Indians. It has been the subject of scientific research throughout the world since the 1970's, shown to be effective for osteoarthritis pain and inflammation. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Cat's Claw has been used traditionally to treat osteoarthritis (OA). One study found that it may help alleviate knee pain from osteoarthritis without side effects.
Lyme Disease - In this disease, the Lyme bacteria stimulate the immune system to cause inflammation in the body which then breaks down cellular tissue so that the bacteria can feed on the nutrients that are released. The bacteria in fact create and control a form of autoimmunity. Cat's Claw stimulates the immune system in a controlled way to get a handle on the out-of-control cytokine storm that can occur in Lyme Disease, other autoimmune conditions, and severe influenza. According to herbalist and author Stephen H. Buhner, you may want to add an additional cup of Cat's Claw tea to your daily regiment when treating Lyme Disease symptoms.
Gastrointestinal - Known to be helpful in detoxification of the intestinal tract, Cat's Claw may also allow replenishing of the friendly bacteria in the intestines. Due to Cat's Claw's anti-inflammatory action it has been suggested for a number of gastrointestinal and digestive problems including IBD, gastritis, IBS, colitis, and peptic ulcers.
General Known Adult Dosage:
1/8 teaspoon powder 2 to 3 times a day in soups or other liquids.
Or, use the powder to make "00" size capsules that hold approx 1/8 teaspoon.
Tip for Capsule Making: A 4 oz. bag will make approximately 200 capsules, size "00".
Lyme Disease: Stephen Buhner has recommended 1 teaspoon 3 times a day for use in treating Lyme Disease.
Do not take Cat's Claw if you are pregnant or nursing unless you have consulted with a healthcare professional. Cat's Claw bark may interact with some prescribed drugs, such as immunosuppressants, blood thinners, diuretics, and blood pressure medications. Please review cat's claw bark at drugs.com for complete information.
Stephen Harrod Buhner, Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections
Mur E, Hartig F, Eibl G, Schirmer M. Randomized double blind trial of an extract from the pentacyclic alkaloid-chemotype of uncaria tomentosa for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatol. 2002;29(4):678-681.11950006
Hardin SR. Cat's claw: an Amazonian vine decreases inflammation in osteoarthritis. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2007;13(1):25-28.17210508
Rosenbaum CC, O'Mathúna DP, Chavez M, Shields K. Antioxidants and antiinflammatory dietary supplements for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Altern Ther Health Med. 2010;16(2):32-40.20232616 [endtab]
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