Key Actions: Diuretic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral.
Native to the Amazon River basin, Cat’s Claw is a medicinal herb that thrives in the forest regions of Central and South America. It is recognised that the indigenous people of Peru, the Ashaninkas, used it for thousands of years to restore health. Cat’s Claw can purchased in the form of liquid extract, powder and tablet, and can be made into a tea.
Containing chemicals that reduce inflammation (tannins and sterols), Cat’s Claw fights various pathogens and viruses, such as quinovic acid glycosides. Two active compound groups, alkaloids and flavanols, are the healing properties of this plant, resulting in Cat’s Claw being used to treat intestinal complaints, asthma, wounds, cancer, tumours, arthritis, inflammations, diabetes, irregularities of the menstrual cycle and as a form of birth control. This natural immunostimulant is reported to possibly benefit an individual in regards to cancer treatment, prevention of strokes and heart attacks, by lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation and lowering blood cholesterol levels.
WARNING: Side effects of Cat’s Claw can include; dizziness, nausea and diarrhea. Do not consume if pregnant.