Cat's Claw - From Europe to America, used as medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and more

Cat's Claw

Cat’s Claw is a plant which has its main species of exclusive interest for medicinal use: Uncaria Guianensis and Uncaria tomentosa (Cat’s Claw, 2017). The former species is utilized in Europe, while the latter is consumed in America. Cat’s claw medicine is extracted from the root and bark of the same plant.

Among its medicinal properties, it is generally used for treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. In a 2001 study, 45 people suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee either took 100 milligrams per day of freeze-dried cat’s claw or a placebo for four weeks. Researchers found out that their pain was significantly reduced and the herb turned out beneficial for them within the first week of therapy (Axe, 2017). Apart from that, it is employed for the treatment of leaky bowel syndrome, colitis (inflammation of the lower bowel), swelling and pain of the large intestine (diverticulitis), stomach ulcers, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, and hemorrhoids (Cat’s Claw, 2017). Some people consume cat’s claw for the treatment of AIDS, which is caused by human immune deficiency virus, shingles, which is caused by herpes zoster, and cold sores, caused by herpes complex.

Additionally, cat’s claw is used for chronic fatigue syndrome, parasites, wound healing, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, glioblastoma (a kind of brain cancer), bone pains, purgation of kidney stones, asthma, gonorrhea, and birth control (Cat’s Claw, 2017). A 2015 research study found that the cat’s claw might be particularly helpful to advanced cancer patients by refining their quality of life and dropping their fatigue (Axe, 2017) All of this makes cat’s claw a possibly operative natural cancer treatment. A 2006 research study evaluated the capability of a water-soluble cat’s claw extract to improve DNA repair in human skin. Using skin cultures, researchers found out that the extract secured human skin cells from dying brought by ultraviolet radiation. It showed that Cat’s claw can repair human DNA damage in human beings done by ultraviolet rays. That is why it is advised that cat’s claw can be used as a natural sunscreen (Mammone, T., Akesson C., Gan D., Giampapa V., Pero RW, 2013).


References

 Cat’s Claw. (2017). WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-395-cat%27s%20claw.aspx?activeingredientid=395&activeingredientname=cat%27s%20claw. Accessed on 11 March 2017.

Axe, J. (2017). 8 Cat’s Claw Benefits for Immunity, Digestion & Chronic Disease. Retrieved from

https://draxe.com/cats-claw/. Accessed on 11 March 2017.

 Mammone T1, Akesson C, Gan D, Giampapa V, Pero RW. (2017). A water soluble extract from Uncaria tomentosa (Cat's Claw) is a potent enhancer of DNA repair in primary organ cultures of human skin. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16521105. Accessed on 11 March 2017.