The plant Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is traditionally used in Peruvian folk medicine as medicament for the treatment of a wide range of health problems, particularly digestive complaints and arthritis and for the treatment of wounds, stomach problems, cancer and others.
Most attention is given to the oxindole alkaloids found in the bark and roots of the plant that stimulate the immune system. It is these seven different alkaloids which are the basis of the various medicinal and healing properties of cat’s claw. The most immunologically active alkaloid is izopteropodin that enhances the immune response in the body and acts as an antioxidant.
The various substances found in the cat’s claw are effective against viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that cause diseases and furthermore, these substances protect healthy cells from various malignant mutations.
Anti-inflammatory properties of this herb helps to relieve pain in arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions. Cat’s claw helps the digestive and immune system to clear the body out of waste products and toxins. This clearance helps to alleviate the condition of people living with different gastric and intestinal disorders, including: colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and the like.
Cat’s Claw can be combined with other herbs for stimulating the immune system such as Echinacea. Cat’s claw can be helpful in the following situations:
– Reducing pain and inflammation in rheumatism, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
– Has anti-cancer properties and inhibits the formation of cancer cells.
– Promotes wound healing.
– Helps in the treatment of stomach ulcers and other intestinal problems.
– Helps relieve chronic pain.
– Stimulates the immune system.
– Helps in the fight against various viral and fungal infections, such as herpes and candida (Candida albicans).
Medicinal alkaloids in the tincture of cat’s claw are released under the influence of stomach acids. If they are absorbed through the tongue, they lose their power. For this reason, you should always take the tincture with 1 cup of water to avoid absorption.
You can add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of vinegar to the water to increase the acidity of the solution and respectively to increase the effect of the tincture. If you drink cat’s claw tea, add lemon juice for better absorption.