Cat’s claw (Uña de Gato) is a woody vine that grows in the rain forests of Peru and is often called ‘Miracle Herb of the Rain Forest’ by the Peruvian natives.
This herb has undergone quite a bit of medical research since the 1970’s. This research has shown that Cat’s claw may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, such as bursitis, arthritis, lupus, Lyme disease, diabetes, cancer and various stomach problems.
Cat’s claw helps assist the neurotransmitters in the brain, it has been shown to increase Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, fight inflammation and free radical damage, repair DNA, alleviate depression, and improve cognition and focus. Research shows that Cat’s claw boosts BDNF, tames NMDA activity, and repairs damaged DNA. Promoting an environment in your hippocampus for neurogenesis which is essential for learning, memory and mood. Low BDNF can lead to major depression, OCD, schizophrenia, and dementia.
Cat’s claw is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Cat’s claw protects your brain from inflammation and damage from free radicals. Chronic inflammation has been linked to depression and dementia. Cat’s claw also reduces the formation of plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. It helps promotes good immune function increase with the white blood cell count in the body, which then stimulates antioxidant action. It also helps in eradicating bacterial infections and other pathogens.
Cat’s claw speeds up healing of wounds. Its quinovic acid glycoside helps ease inflammation, promoting the healing of wounds and keeping them from being infected. Helps provide intestinal support. This herb helps ease gastrointestinal dysfunction. According to Organic Facts, People with leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive system disorders like ulcers and infections may find cat’s claw particularly useful, as it can help cleanse the digestive tract and ensure good gut flora.
Cat’s claw provides relief from inflammation-related illnesses. It suppresses the TNF-alpha synthesis, therefore helping relieve symptoms associated to low back pain, arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis) and other inflammatory diseases. This plant helps ease symptoms of viral infections. It’s also beneficial against shingles and cold sores.