Cat’s Claw- Can it Heal Arthritis, Cancer, and Other Diseases? Cat’s Claw is an old herb getting new press and attention. Cat’s Claw is one of 15 of the most popular herbs used by Americans. It is also used extensively in Europe. Many call it the ‘Miracle Herb’ from the rain forests of Peru. There are answers to disease in alternative medicine and this is one of its bright new stars. I have used Cat’s Claw capsules for years to support my kidney function after a car accident. It is one of the herbs important in our household for better health. Learn about the exciting research showing Cat’s Claw’s amazing health benefits.
Cat’s Claw, is a woody vine, that grows naturally in the rainforests of Peru, and in some areas of South and Central America. It was named because of its hook-like horns, resembling a cat’s claws. Its root and bark are considered to be superior by many over Echinacea, Golden Seal, Astragalus, and Mushrooms.There are two different species of Cat’s Claw with important differences (uncaria tomentosa or uncaria quianensis). Uncaria guianensis contains more tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids or TOAs.
Dr. Fernando Cabieses, a well-respected professor, researcher, neurologist, and neurosurgeon in Lima, Peru has extensively studied Cat’s Claw. He has written a book, The Saga of Cat’s Claw, giving research evidence on the great value of this herb in treating disease.
Historical Native Use Evidence is Important
Native people do not have access to doctors and antibiotics. They have relied on herbs to heal their disease with success for hundreds and thousands of years. If you have a tumor and it goes away with Cat’s claw, you have to take notice. When this happens many times over years, you have to concede that it must work. Just because you don’t know why only means it has not been researched enough to find out.
The use by Native cultures over the span of generations is a great research trial. It stands to reason, if an herb does not positively affect a health problem, you will discontinue using it. You keep taking something that works.
Native people have used Cat’s Claw with tumors and other diseases for years.
Since these natives survived their tumors and illness, you would have to deduce the herbs worked. Herb use over generations is proof the herb works. These herbs are used by real people who are very ill with no access to standard medicine. Herbal medicine is used in the worst of circumstances where villagers live with poor living conditions, bad water, bugs, and poor housing. In these dire circumstances, herbs work on colds, flu, diarrhea, and diseases like tumors. Death is higher in bad living conditions, but their tribe survives.
If herbal medicine was not successful, their tribe would no longer exist. That should tell you a lot. Civilizations survived because of herbal medicine since time began. We have human life today because herbal medicine worked over illness and disease.
Cat’s Claws’ Proven Health Benefits include:
Scientific Research: Numerous research studies conducted on Cat’s Claw have resulted in exciting, positive research that supports the many, very positive health benefits of this important healing herb.
- Potent Antioxidants: important and effective antioxidant benefits that are superior to many other known vegetables and plants.
- Effective Anti-inflammatory factors are beneficial and effective in various forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis, RA, knee pain, and arthritis in general.
- Medicinal properties demonstrated in lab studies that Cat’s Claw stops the replication of breast cancer cells, and other cancer that supports native usage for thousands of years.
- Holistic veterinarians are using Cat’s Claw today to treat dogs and cats for arthritis and hip dysplasia.
- Anti-fertility properties so this herb should not be used when trying to get pregnant or during pregnancy. I would not use it during nursing either because of the potent alkaloids. Always consult your OBGYN doctor before taking supplements while pregnant or nursing.
Herb Treatment Is Individual:
The dosage of the Cat’s Claw herb needed to cause an effect is individual. The time needed for healing is individual. The quality of the herb product by itself can either make or break a research project. Research projects have numerous weaknesses and pitfalls. Their results are often wrong. Science is only right until it is proven wrong. In ancient times, it was considered a fact that the world was flat. Women were told that estrogen supplementation was the perfect solution for hormonal health problems.
It was once stated that antibiotic resistance was not an issue. Doctors were educated by greedy German pharmaceutical companies that heroin was not addicting. There have been many lies perpetuated by flawed and fraudulent research studies. The use of an herb over 2000 years seems much more significant. The people who have used these herbs know they work and keep using them because of that. Generations of people lived through cancer and disease before the advent of modern drugs including antibiotics. Some of these native people live to be over 100 years old. They are mentally and physically healthy. Think about it.
Cat’s Claw Quality:
There are several species in the Cat’s Claw family that look similar. These different species vary in their alkaloids and medicinal qualities. Some products being sold do not contain the correct species of Una De Gato. You cannot tell that from looking at the powder. Only microscopic tests can know the truth. Make sure you buy from a quality company that tests its batches of herb material to make sure it is pure Una De Gato.
Warning: Do not take herbs with prescription drugs. Using both together could cause side effects or reduce your need for the medication. Get your doctor’s advice before you take herbs. Find a holistic doctor to give you guidance on using herbs. Most standard medicine doctors do not have education about herbs or using them properly.
I do hope you will read and explore the links below for more research on this valuable healing herb. The links below are one of the best to learn more about the herbs that grow in the rainforest and how they are used.
Wealth of the Rainforest, Pharmacy to the World, by Leslie Taylor, Copyrighted 1996 to present by Leslie Taylor, Milam County, Texas 77857.
The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor, copyrighted 2005 by Square One Publishers, Inc.
Online at http://www.rain-tree.com