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Cat's Claw, ideal for immune defense and digestive disorders

Cat's Claw

The Cat's Claw herb (Uncaria tomentosa), also known as "Una de Gato" and the "claw of the cat", has been used for hundreds of years.

How does Cat's Claw work?

Cats Claw contains 6 alkaloids, 4 of which are suitable for the non-specific stimulation of the immune system. A number of these have been shown in laboratory testing to have pronounced enhancement effects on phagocytosis. This is the ability of the white blood cells and macrophages to attach, surround and digest harmful micro-organisms, foreign matter and debris in the body and then eliminate them.

What can Cat's Claw help with?

Peruvian Indians have used Cat's Claw for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of health problems associated with the immune and digestive system, such as:

Gastric ulcers
Intestinal disorders
Certain skin disorders
Chronic fatigue

Cats Claw can also be used as an aid for stomach and bowel disorders including:

Crohn's disease
Leaky bowel
Intestinal flora imbalance

Benefits of Cats Claw

Cat's Claw prevents the formation of blood clots, lowers blood pressure, increases circulation and inhibits the formation of plaque. It is helpful for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, bursitis and rheumatism. It can also help with female hormonal imbalances, irregularities of the female cycle and with symptoms of PMS. It is beneficial in the support of diabetes and also protects the body from environmental toxins.

Research shows that a main component of cats claw stimulates our body's immune defense system to help overcome health problems naturally.

Cat's Claw has been traditionally used for colds and flu, viral eye infections, cold sores, chronic fatigue, colitis and diverticulitis. As well as this, it has been used in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, irregular menstrual cycles and candida, depression and those infected with HIV virus. Other uses of Cat's Claw include allergies, painful joints, cleansing of the intestinal tract, environmental poisoning, PMS and as an anti-oxidant.

Cat's claw used in cancer therapy and for pain relief

Some of the glycoside in Cat's Claw could help reduce pain, which may explain why Cat's Claw is being used in conjunction with radiation treatment and chemotherapy for cancer patients.

Indian Folklore tells us that Cat's Claw, also used in the form of tea, has been successful in the treatment of tumours and other known deadly diseases.


Ideal Health stocks Cat's Claw in both a liquid extract and in capsules.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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