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Cat’s claw: Does it help with rheumatism & Co.?

by Josephine Andrews
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For thousands of years, the South American population has been using cat ‘s claw as a “miracle plant” against various diseases and infections. So far, however, it has only been proven to have an effect on rheumatoid arthritis. Read more about using the cat’s claw here!

What is the effect of cat’s claw?

Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is said to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune-stimulating effects. This is mainly due to the so-called pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids.

However, other ingredients such as tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids can weaken the medicinal properties of the plant, which is taken into account when preparing medicinal preparations.

The bark and roots of cat’s claw have been used in South America for centuries in traditional medicine for many conditions including inflammation, cancer and infections.

What is cat’s claw used for?

It has been proven that cat’s claw can help with rheumatoid arthritis. In studies, an extract from the roots of the cat’s claw showed a good effect. Therefore, a corresponding preparation for the supportive treatment of rheumatoid arthritis was approved in Austria. However, this is not yet the case in Germany.

Cat’s claw is also said to help with various other health problems. These include, for example

  • Viral infections such as herpes and HIV
  • Alzheimer
  • Inflammation of the stomach lining (gastritis)
  • gastric ulcer
  • Inflammation of protrusions of the intestinal mucosa (diverticulitis)
  • Inflammation of the colon (colitis)
  • hemorrhoids
  • Infections with parasites

Even with cancer, the medicinal plant is said to be effective. Whether cat’s claw actually has an effect on such diseases has not yet been sufficiently proven in studies.

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