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Cat's Claw

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In the May, 1994 issue of the Townsend Letter, many of you read about the history and remarkable properties of Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat's Claw). Since that time, hundreds of doctors and clinics throughout the United States have begun working with the herb and it has become widely available in health food stores. Preliminary reports seem to verify what I had first mentioned in my previous article. That is, that Uncaria Tomentosa may be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of many of today's serious health problems. These include: cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, all forms of herpes…including Epstein Barr, chemical and environmental allergies, sensitivities, asthma, depression, systemic candidiasis, lupus diabetes, hypoglycemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, acne, PMS and menstrual irregularities, environmental toxin poisoning, circulatory problems such as hypertension, varicose veins, thrombosis and those infected with the HIV virus. There is also evidence that Uncaria Tomentosa may be helpful with numerous stomach and bowel disorders including: gastritis, ulcers, hemorrhoids, Crohn's disease, diverticulosis, leaky and irritable bowel syndrome.

Within the last year, I have received reports from both doctors and individuals describing their successes in using the herb. Here is what some have reported: Dr. Satya Ambrose, ND, cofounder of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine recently informed me that she is seeing significant improvement in patients suffering from Crohn's disease, ulcers, asthma, arthritis, shingles, dysbiosis and chronic fatigue syndrome. One patient, a woman who had been taking sulfasalazine (a sulfa drug with numerous side effects) to treat a bleeding ulcerative condition associated with Crohn's, was able to quit the drug after a few weeks using Cat's Claw. Her bleeding condition seems to have cleared up and she is reported to be experiencing much higher levels of energy.

Dr. Ambrose also mentioned that she has been able to eliminate the use of many Chinese herbs because Cat's Claw, in many instances, seems to be more effective; and finally, she has informed me that Cat's Claw seems to enhance to overall immunity while increasing stamina and energy in patients who suffer from physical and mental exhaustion due to an overactive or stressful lifestyle.

Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, DC: In Healthy and Natural journal, issue 1, October 1994, pp. 64-65, has stated that Una de Gato (Cat's Claw) is the most powerful immune enhancing herb of all the herbs native to the Peruvian Amazon. In her article titled, "Herbal Treasures from the Amazon" Part 1, she mentions that preliminary studies suggest that the herb has an ability to stop viral infections in early stages, help patients who are chemically sensitive, enhance emotional stability - even in the midst of extreme stress, fight infections in AIDS patients and decrease the visible size of some skin tumors and cysts within two weeks.

Dr. Schwontkowski also reports that Una de Gato has been linked with the remission of brain and other tumors, as well as providing relief from the side effects of chemotherapy. Dr. Julie Clemens, ND, and Homeopath began giving Cat's Claw to her mother who had severe circulatory problems in her legs and found walking to be difficult and extremely painful. Within a few weeks, her circulation improved and she was able to begin walking with almost no pain. Dr. Clemens has also reported seeing a significant reduction in the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy in her cancer patients who are using Cat's Claw.

Kitty Winslow, owner of a health food store in Missouri has reported that four of her customers have eliminated most of their symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, as a result of taking Cat's Claw in capsule form.

Finally, a patient in Texas who is HIV positive informed me that after taking Cat's Claw capsules for approximately eight weeks, his T-cell count rose from 560 to 875.

Obviously, these reports are anecdotal in nature. However, I feel the herb certainly shows promise and should be considered for use in more comprehensive natural treatment programs. One thing that could be done is an in-depth scientific evaluation of how the varied plant phytochemicals found in Cat's Claw might function synergistically. These include oxindole alkaloids, quinovic acid glycosides, triterpines, polyphenois, proanthocyanidins and plant sterois. The presence of these compounds seems to be what gives the herb its adaptogen antioxidant, antitumor, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Though more research is needed to determine proper dosage for various ailments, there is a general consensus based on the available information and use by various doctors and individuals throughout the U.S.

For prevention as an adaptogen and antioxidant, one might take one to three grams daily divided doses if using capsules, or drink one to two cups if using tea. For therapeutic use, three to six grams daily or four cups of tea. In very advanced stages of pathology, one physician has suggested using as much as 20 grams per day for several weeks at a time.

Cat's Claw seems to be quite safe for children, since it is virtually non-toxic. I have used both tea and capsules with my daughters ages 7, 10, and 15, and I have been quite pleased at how fast they have recover from minor infections. Canker sores, flu, sore throats, sinus, ear and upper respiratory infections usually respond within 48 to 72 hours.

I have also been successful at clearing conjunctivitis, by putting drops of Cat's Claw tea in the eyes and a case of athlete's foot, but the powdered herb in between the infected toes. For children 12, I have generally used about half the amount I would use for adults. As a precaution, pregnant or lactating women should probably avoid using Cat's Claw.

By Phillip N. Steinberg, Certified Nutritional Consultant ( That Wondrous Herb from the Peruvian Rain Forest)

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Douglas Labs - Cat'S Claw 100 Cap $17.80 $17.80 DL-80097-100
Douglas Labs - Cat'S Claw Max-V 60 Cap $26.70 $26.70 DL-77417-60
Good N Natural - Cat's Claw (Una De Gato) 500 mg - 90 Capsule $10.25 $5.35Save 48% GNN-1841
Natures Answer - Cat Claw In Bark - Herb - 90VC $9.99 $4.28Save 57% NA-16146
Natures Herbs - Cats Claw Una De Gato - 100 $15.39 $8.23Save 47% 41954-46628
Natures Herbs - Cats Claw Una De Gato - 250 $35.59 $19.02Save 47% 41954-74350
Natures Way - Cat's Claw 100cap $11.49 $6.30Save 45% NWAY-11450
Natures Way - Cat's Claw Standardized 60cap $21.49 $11.78Save 45% NWAY-60700
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Now - Cat's Claw 500Mg 250 Caps $17.99 $9.24Save 49% NW-4621
Pure Encapsulations - Cat's Claw - 180 vcaps $59.40 $59.40 PE-CCL1
Pure Encapsulations - Cat's Claw - 90 vcaps $34.30 $34.30 PE-CCL9
Thompson - Cat's Claw 540mg - 60ct Cap $4.89 $2.62Save 46% TPSN-19072

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