Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa
Cat's Claw is normally found in the Amazon and was named for the claw-like thorns on its branches. In traditional herbal cultures, it has been used as an anti inflammatory for pain relief for arthritic conditions and as an antioxidant to support a strong immune system. Antioxidants help the body to eliminate free radicals that can damage cells. Cat's Claw has also been used for a variety of purposes from wound healing, inflammation of the bowel and other bowel complaints. WebMd notes: " Cat’s claw is most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis"*. .More information can be found at the University of Maryland website.
Mechanism of Action (How it works)
Cat's claw has been documented to contain alkaloids and flavonoids. Alkaloids from plants have notable physiological actions on humans. One example of an alkaloid is morphine, which was the first alkaloid to be isolated from a plant. Alkaloids in Cat's Claw (quinovic acid glycosides) have been documented to have anti-inflammatory properties Flavonoids function as antioxidants and have been documented to have a profound effect on immune function. As antioxidants, flavonoids regenerate vitamin C, help to inhibit clotting (thin the blood) and have been found to have anti-tumor actions in certain models. Remedy's Cat's Claw uses only certified product from the rain forest and contains no fillers or additives.
Medications:: Those using medications may need to be aware that Cat's Claw may decrease the time that the liver takes to break down medications. This may result in increasing the effect of the medication.
Blood Pressure Medications: Cat's Claw may decrease blood pressure. When combined with blood pressure medicine, it may cause the pressure to go too low.
Immunosuppressants: These medications decrease the immune system and interact with Cat's Claw, which increases the immune system. This is even more important in cases where the patient has an auto-immune disease such as multiple sclerosis or lupus, among others.
Blood disorders: Cat's Claw slows blood clotting and might increase risk or bleeding or bruises in those with clotting disorders or on blood-thinner medications.
Leukemia: Do not use Cat's Claw
Surgery: Discontinue use of Cat's Claw at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Consult your healthcare provider before using Cat's Claw if you are using prescription medications.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.