Botanical Name: Uncaria tomentosa
Parts Used: inner bark
Menstruum: grain alcohol, purified water
Cat's Claw is known to be used for :
Anti-inflammatory for Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Anti-inflammatory for Lyme Disease Symptoms
Stimulate the Immune System
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.
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Adults: 45 drops (approx 1/2 tsp.) 2-3 times daily between meals
Stephen Buhner recommends Cat's Claw for joint inflammation. His dosage recommendation for the tincture or extract is as follows.
Adult : 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon 3 x per day between meals
Equivalency Note: 1 teaspoon = 5 ml = approx 100 drops
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.
1/2 teaspoon per day between meals or as directed by a health care professional
Note: One 2 oz bottle contains 12 teaspoons (approx 24 servings)
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
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 imunosuppressants, blood thinners, diuretics, and blood pressure mdications.
Stephen Harrod Buhner Healing Lyme:Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections
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