Cat’s claw is a kind of herb that grows wildly in many parts of the globe including South and Central America. It is most prevalent in the Amazon rainforest. It is a vine that has been used in alternative medicine, herbal cures, holistic therapy, naturopathic medicine, natural medicine, home remedies, herbal supplements, and dietary supplements. Other names for cat’s claw include: una de gato, uncara tomentosa, and Vilcacora.
Health Benefits of Cat’s Claw
Historically, Cat’s claw has been used by South Americans to treat a myriad number of diseases. In modern times, the root and bark of the cat’s claw has often been produced in the form of a capsule, tea, or extract and taken as a herbal, dietary, and vitamin supplement. Cat’s claw has been purported to be an effective home remedy or naturopathic cure for osteoarthritis. In this way it has been used as a nootropic drug to treat cancer, herpes, viral infections, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and HIV infection. The alkaloids that are contained within Cat’s claw are said to be the source of its medicinal value.
Some of the other components of Cat’s claw may also have anti-inflammatory properties. And thus may be helpful in as an alternative medicine or home remedy for the following conditions: intestinal diseases, gastric tumors, Crohn’s disease, colitis, parasites, diverticulitis, and a leaky bowel.
Cat’s claw has also been said to be used to support a poor immune system and to improve overall kidney vitality. In addition, Cat’s claw has been reported as being effective home remedy to induce an abortion or prevent pregnancy.
There is, as usual, a lack of enough valid scientific and medical evidence to conclude that Cat’s claw is effective in treating any disease at all.
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