Cat’s claw to help your health

Cat’s claw to help your health

What is  “cat’s claw”?

This is the short name of the plant Uncaria tomentosa. Cat’s Claw is a vine that grows in tropical areas of Central and South America. The plant grows around trees, reaching up to 30 meters in length. There are spines with curl shape like claws of a panther. Hence the name “Cat’s Claw”.

As part of the natural medicine of the South Americans for centuries, today Cats Claw is really famous because of its high content of active ingredients such as alkaloids.

Since 1990 Cat’s claw is used in Peru and Europe as an additional treatment of cancer and AIDS, and other diseases that attack the immune system.

There are two varieties, both are called Cat’s Claw: Uncaria tomentose (U.t.) and Uncaria guaiane NSIS (U.g.). Both plants have different homeopathic functions as U.t. is more detailed examined. Both plants contain various chemicals that bring health benefits and are produced by extraction of the bark and roots.

The usable parts of the cats claw are the bark and roots of the plant. They are an ingredient and part of a number of food supplements. They are also used in the form of tea or syrup.

Cat’s Claw – Usage and positive effects

Cat’s Claw is used for centuries in traditional medicine to people living in South America. The plant is helpful for treating a variety of problems with digestion, arthritis, inflammation, ulcers and for accelerating the healing processes in the body.

One of the most common uses of cats claw is for pain relief in joints in arthritis. There is evidence that the plant has ingredients, which block the production of pro-inflammatory agents in the body (substances that promote inflammatory processes). This explains the pain relief while taking cat’s claw. Unfortunately, the plant has no significant effect on the swelling of the joints, accompanying arthritis.

Studies on the healing ingredients of cat’s claw confirm that the herb contains alkaloids that stimulate the immune system in several ways:

  • increase the destruction of healthy cells in the body;
  • increase production of white blood cells;
  • strengthen the function of other cells part of the immune system.

Due to its immune stimulating activity, there are studies that cats claw plant can influence the spread of cancer cells in the body. However, there is insufficient clinical data to confirm such effect. There is evidence that cats claw promotes recovery of damages in the DNA, which can be helpful in the period after chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Studies on laboratory animals have shown that cat’s claw has the ability to lower blood pressure. This is done by widening the blood vessels, reducing blood volume and relaxation of smooth muscles in the walls of blood vessels. Moreover, the results show a decrease in the cholesterol level.

Cat’s Claw can be taken against various types of allergies, diseases of the digestive and urinary tract, chronic fatigue, and depression.

Another positive health effect that Cat’s Claw shows antioxidant activity and improves fertility among men.

Cat’s Claw for weight loss

Cat’s claw is an irreplaceable tool in the diets and regimes for healthy weight loss. The effect of the medicinal plant, in this case, is two-way. On the one hand, it promotes metabolic processes, on the other improves the immune system.

The support of the metabolic processes results in purifying the intestines of waste deposits and promote their activities. This relieves stomach discomfort while delivering our body antioxidant complex, along with the benefits it offers.

The support of immunity is an important point of any diet. In an exhausting diet reduces the body stocks of beneficial agents and occurs frequently deficit due to low intake of certain foods.

Do not wait to add cat’s claw capsules to your diet!

If you combine your diet with cats claw intake, the result will not only appear faster but will be 100% healthy.

Cat’s Claw For children

Treatment with cat’s claw requires restriction when the small patients are under two years old.

There are optimistic results when taking cat’s claw of children with leukemia. They have been observed significant improvement in blood counts. But that impact the herb has not been proven to 100% and can not rely entirely on it to control this disease.

Cat’s Claw for fungal infections

Cat’s Claw has a strong anti-fungal and antimicrobial action. It is useful in the treatment of various fungi, including Candida.

The abundance of extremely useful substances in cat’s claw acts as blockers of the fungal growth and are struggling with existing fungi.

An extract of the herb is an integral part of the formulation supplements to fight fungal infections.

Are there any side effects and warnings while taking cat’s claw?

Taking cat’s claw in recommended doses is considered relatively safe. Some people can experience side effects such as dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea. But they disappear with continuous intake of cat’s claw.

Due to the stimulating effect of the herb, it is not advisable for people suffering from autoimmune diseases, people with organ transplantation and tuberculosis.

Taking the plant in patients with liver and kidney disease should be done after consulting a doctor.

Pregnant women or nursing mothers should not take cat’s claw. People with autoimmune diseases (allergies), bleeding problems, or tuberculosis also should not use the herb. It is not desirable to take Cats Claw in combination with vaccines, hormones or insulin.

What is the best dosage?

The concentrations of alkaloid extract determine doses. At 4% concentration of alkaloids doses ranging from 250 to 1000 mg / day.

Which sports and health supplements contain it?

Most often, cat’s claw is part of the nutritional supplements for immune stimulation. Rarely will see it in some supplements to improve digestion.


About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.