Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
I FOUND IT INTERESTING THAT THIS HERB IS USED FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE HAVING HAD A MOTHER WITH THE DISEASE. PLUS I AM FAST APPROACHING DEMENTIA AT TIMES MYSELF!
Please keep in mind there is no scientific evidence that this herb actually works with the diseases below, however, many people do reach to alternative medicine for relief. PLEASE REFERENCE USING DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS SAFELY
- Amazon rain forest
Medicinal parts used
- The inner bark
- Viral diseases, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and herpes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Immune system support
How it works
- The active constituents are variable and depend upon the time of the year when the plant is harvested
- Anti-inflammatory activity mainly because of the glycosides present in the plant
- Immunostimulating properties enhance the function of white blood cells to attack and digest carcinogenic substances and harmful microorganisms, which may inhibit the growth of cancer cells and tumors
- Although the reasons are not all known, it is believed that chemicals in cat’s claw block the production of substances, such as prostaglandins and tumor necrosis factor (TNF) alpha, which are involved in inflammation
Side effects and warnings
- Is generally regarded as safe
- Do not use in individuals with skin grafts or tuberculosis
- Do not give to people who are receiving organ transplants
- Do not use during pregnancy or lactation
- Do not combine with hormonal drugs, insulin, and vaccines
- Is contraindicated in those suffering from coagulation disorders, tuberculosis, and autoimmune diseases
- Do not take with drugs that suppress the immune system, such as cyclosporine, Imuran®, Prograf®, Zenapax®
- May potentiate the effects of antihypertensive drugs
- Usual recommended dosage: 250−1000 milligrams (mg)/day of commercial preparation
- Dry extracts: 20−60 mg/day
References and recommended readings
Drugs.com. Cat’s claw.
Available at: http://www.drugs.com/npp/cat-s-claw.html.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Cat’s claw.
Available at: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/catclaw/.