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CAT'S CLAW BARK Wildcrafted 2 oz

CAT'S CLAW BARK Wildcrafted 2 oz

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Cat’s Claw Bark  Wildcrafted C/s (Cut & sifted)

Cat’s claw is a woody vine that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of Central and South America. Its thorns resemble a cat’s claws.

  • The two most common species are U. tomentosa and U. guianensis. Most commercial preparations of cat’s claw contain U. tomentosa.
  • Use of cat’s claw dates back 2,000 years. Indigenous people of South and Central America used it to ward off disease.
  • Today, cat’s claw is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of health conditions, including viral infections (such as herpes, human papilloma virus, and HIV), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, diverticulitis, peptic ulcers, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, parasites, and leaky bowel syndrome.

Benefits of Cat's Claw bark

Immune System

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.

Arthritis Relief

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.

Digestive Health

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.

Disclaimer : The products listed on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. The statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult your primary care provider before taking these products.

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