Cats claw is a plant that grows in the highlands of the Peruvian rainforest, it is also known under the name of Una de gato. Cats claw benefits have been known and acknowledged for a long time now. The range of its applications is subject to broadening as more research is carried out and more tests are held.
Traditionally, cat's claw tea has been considered an effective treatment for tumors and other growths, ulcers, throat, sinus and ear infections. It is also known that women in certain Indian tribes used cat's claw tea to prevent pregnancy. In South American folk medicine cats' claw was considered remarkably potent in the treatment of arthritis, gastritis and epidemic diseases.
The cats claw benefits proven now are very impressive indeed and this fact makes many health practitioners regard the herb as one of the most effective in safeguarding human health. It is known as a very powerful immune system stimulator. Among the active elements of the plant are those who have the capability of recognizing and destroying invading harmful bacterial and viral cells and therefore producing an extremely beneficial effect on the immune system of the body. Therefore it can drastically improve the body's response to infections. Cat's claw is also very potent in its anti-inflammatory action. The active elements contained by cat's claw inhibit the inflammatory responses of the body with great efficiency. It battles the inflammatory reaction of the bronchial during colds and has a general beneficial effect on respiratory conditions.
Other pronounced cats claw benefits are its mutagenic and anti-mutagenic properties. It efficiently helps the body to fight off infection and was believed to have the capacity for wound healing. In addition to the above, cat's claw is also acclaimed for the anti-oxidant and anti-tumor effects. Evidence is mounting that the use of this herb combined with traditional chemotherapy treatment may have a very positive effect on the patient's state, leading to remission.
Cat's claw can be efficiently combined with other medicinal herbs in order to enhance the beneficial properties of the herb. Among them are the following: it exerts a direct activity on the digestive system and can be efficiently utilized as a treatment for gastrointestinal ailments. There are numerous reported successes using the herb for Crohn's disease, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, and leaky bowel syndrome, other inflammatory bowel conditions and dysbiosis, fistulas, bursitis, gout and fibromyalgia, hay fever and other allergies, cats claw benefits are associated with osteoarthritis treatment and conditions of high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Cat's claw can also prevent memory malfunction by producing a great effect on the cholinergic systems of the brain. There is also evidence that regular intake of the cat's claw herb can improve DNA repair.
The herb also contains a number of different chemical compounds that can efficiently increase the activity of red and white blood cells; they also eliminate or drastically reduce the symptoms, associated with varicose veins. The active chemical compounds found in cat's claw are alkaloids, tannins, and several other phytochemicals. It is a very potent immune stimulant, therefore it is better to be avoided in conditions of immune-system ailments and by pregnant or nursing women.