CAT'S CLAW BARK 2 oz
CAT'S CLAW BARK 2 oz
Cat’s Claw Bark Wildcrafted C/s (Cut & sifted)
Cat's claw is a vine that grows in the rainforest in South and Central America. The two most common species are Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis.
Cat's claw root and bark contain chemicals that might stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses.
People use cat's claw for cancer, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), viral infections, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.
Health Benefits of Cat's Claw bark
A recent study showed that Cat’s Claw significantly elevated the infection fighting white blood cell count in adult men who supplemented with this herb for 6 months. Researchers also noted a repair in DNA – both single and double strand breaks.
Its effect on the immune system appears to be two fold, with the ability to both boost and dampen immune response, depending on what is needed. Hyper immune responses can be contained, whilst a weak immune system that allows disease to advance undeterred is strengthened by supplementation with Cat’s Claw.
Multiple studies have found that Cat’s Claw can be used to naturally improve osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. In a 2001 study, 45 subjects suffering from osteoarthritis were given either Cat’s Claw or a placebo for 4 weeks. Researchers found that “pain associated with activity, medical and pain assessment scores were significantly reduced within the first week of therapy”. Another study published in “Journal of Rheumatology” noted that treatment with Cat’s Claw extract resulted in a reduction in the number of painful joints compared with the placebo after 24 weeks of treatment.
This arthritis fighting effect is thought to be from a specific strain of Cat’s Claw containing pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids – compounds that seem to be immune system modulators.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has used Cat’s Claw for centuries to treat high blood pressure. Studies now appear to back this up, with a specific alkaloid - hirsutine - being attributed with this plant’s ability to keep blood pressure under control. This health promoting alkaloid specifically acts as a calcium channel blocker. This effect can lower blood pressure by blocking calcium from entering the cells of the heart and blood vessel walls, whilst widening and relaxing the blood vessels themselves. This in turn helps the blood to flow in a healthy, smooth manner.
This versatile herb is also helpful in detoxification of the intestinal tract, whilst replenishing the friendly bacteria in the intestines. Also a powerful anti-inflammatory, Cat’s Claw is believed to fight the inflammation associated with a number of gastrointestinal problems.
It is also used to treat a wide range of other digestive disorders including; IBS, IBD, colitis, gastritis and peptic ulcers.
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