Cat’s claw receives different names, but another name with a common denomination is that of stormy uncaria.
This plant has known a certain variety of uses over time and various benefits are attributed to it. However, in some cases, there is no scientific basis to demonstrate certain attributes.
Cat’s claw is used for its anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties. But it must be said that these studies are based on animal studies and in vitro tests.
Cat’s claw is found in South America and is creeper-shaped, braided, and can grow to 305 meters in length and a few inches in diameter.
Its name comes from Peru. From there, the product was exported to Europe and the United States.
A small extract of cat’s claw contains alkylcarboxylic esters and oxindole alkaloids. It has been used in clinical studies at doses of 250 to 300 mg.
Uses and Benefits of Cat’s Claw.
- It is also believed to kill viruses and bacteria that cause common illnesses.
- The glycosides found in cat’s claw have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Its components can help relieve arthritis, gout, and other related problems. It is believed that the alkaloids present in this plant are of great benefit to memory.
- It can help strengthen and support the intestinal and immune systems.
- When consumed, it cleanses the intestinal tract, facilitating digestive functions. It is very useful in people with intestinal or gastric disorders. Some ailments that we can mention are colitis, Crohn’s disease, perforated bowel, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Cat’s claw is often combined with the medicinal and therapeutic action of other herbs to improve relief and cure of illnesses.
Among these, we can mention:
- Reduction of pain caused by rheumatism, arthritis and various inflammatory problems.
- Wound healing.
- As a treatment for gastric ulcers and intestinal ailments.
- Relief of chronic pain.
- Improvement of immunity, strengthening of said system.
- Relief from stomach problems such as gastritis and duodenal ulcers.
- It fights infections like herpes and candida.
Possible side effects.
Reports of possible side effects are rare, there is no solid documented information. The American Herbal Products Association classifies cat scratch preparations in Class 4 (data lacking to support their safe consumption).
Possible side effects of cat’s claw include:
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, diarrhea, or upset stomach.
- Possible renal and hormonal effects, neuropathy and increased risk of bleeding with anticoagulant therapy. However, the data is insufficient.
Cat’s claw is known to contain up to seven different alkaloids which are believed to possess a wide variety of medicinal, therapeutic, and curative properties.
The most active alkaloid in the plant is Isoptepodine, which provides a favorable immune response in the body and acts as an antioxidant, freeing us from the dreaded free radicals.
Cat’s claw is a widely traded plant. Usually the content is consumed orally through capsules.
Its effects are considered immediate.
Remember to always consult your doctor before taking any natural treatment.