Herb Spotlight: Cat’s Claw

Herb Spotlight: Cat’s Claw

Temperate and tropical rain forest serves as a haven for the myriad of flora and fauna. Dr. I’ll copy the messages here. It has been used for centuries in South America in traditional remedies. Studies suggest that cat’s claw (a specific freeze-dried extractextractto get, separate, or isolate a desired active ingredient) may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis. Other studies suggest that a combination of cat’s claw and maca is effective at reducing pain and stiffness, as well as improving function. Studies suggest that cat’s claw (a specific freeze-dried extractextractto get, separate, or isolate a desired active ingredient) may help improve symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Cat’s Claw has been traditionally used for colds and flu, viral eye infections, cold sores, chronic fatigue, colitis and diverticulitis. Natural herpes remedies manage herpes infections in 3 methods. Source: Tahari (Pau d’arco) comes from the Portuguese word “bow stick” Grown from a large tree which is grown mainly in the rainforest of South/Central America. A considerable proportion of Cat’s Claw is still wild harvested; while root bark is the most common ingredient in commercial supplements, sustainability would dictate that the more sensible option would be to utilise the stalk, as the vine can regenerate if the root is not disturbed. NOTE– I liked this summary as was short and to the point. Most of the wild harvesting is being done in Peru and Brazil. It is prominently used in South American folk medicine and is often associated with Santeria… another dark religion that people mostly scorn.

The herb has absolutely no use in cooking or in any form of edibles, for that matter. Ginko: Ginkgo extract may have three effects on the human body: improvement in blood flow (including microcirculation in small capillaries) to most tissues and organs; protection against oxidative cell damage from free radicals; and blockage of many of the effects of platelet-activating factor (platelet aggregation, blood clotting) that have been related to the development of a number of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and central nervous system disorders. May contribute to unusual bruising, or bleeding gums. Witches also use Catnip, Costmary and Basil just like you do but the Cats Eye, Foot and Milk herbs are used only by witches in their herbal healing practices. Now that we have all of that straight and we now know what herb is what, I want to give you a wonderful pharmacopoeia of uses for this lovely herb. It has a long history in herbal healing, dating back to the middle ages, and the uses are proven safe and effective for most of us. Many consider pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids or POAs to be the more beneficial form.

Safety is not assured for women who are pregnant or nursing. Low blood pressure: Low blood pressure: There is some evidence that cat’s claw might lower blood pressure. Rhynchophylline also inhibited venous thrombosis by up to about 70% in rats. Cat’s Claw is also useful for various fungal problems, including Candida. Technical Data Report for Cat’s Claw, “Una de Gato”, Sage Press 2002, Reprint from Herbal Secrets of the Rainforest, 2nd edition, by Leslie Taylor, Jan. Using Cat’s Claw can benefit almost any autoimmune or inflammatory issues. Consequently, Cat’s Claw not only enhances the natural defense system, but it also is said to relieve the discomforts of intestinal disorders, such as diverticulitis, leaky bowel, colitis and dysentery.

For the best results, use organic Cats Claw Root Bark (available at health food stores and herbalists) and distilled or spring water. Drink 3 cups of tea every day until the condition improves. Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. This tincture can be taken for all forms of Arthritis, either Rheumatoid or Osteo. With further research, Cat’s Claw could show to be the cure all or at least a helper for many of today’s medical mysteries, such as cancer and AIDS, to mention a few. The tincture also has another wonderful effect: It can reduce the agonies experienced after Cancer treatments. Strain the mixture before drinking.

Some initial experiments recommend that cats claw powder can inhibit cytochrome enzymes. DO NOT USE if you are pregnant, nursing or suffering with an immune disorder of any kind. Make the tincture this way: Obtain ground Cats Claw Root or Stem materials. Ground to a powder. Either buy it already ground or obtain the roots and stem and grind them yourself. Put 4 oz of the dried powdered herb in a container with a tight fitting lid. Double the amount if you are using fresh roots and stems.

Herb Spotlight: Cat’s Claw
Obtain 60-proof alcohol, either Brandy or Vodka, and add in 2 1/2 cups with the ground herb. DO NOT USE treated ethyl alcohol or surgical spirits. Buy the alcohol at a liquor store. Ook aanwezig zijn twee tetracyclische oxindole alkaloïden nl. Shake the container twice a day every day for two weeks. After 2 weeks, strain the herb out through double muslin, gathering the alcohol in a cup or bowl. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible, folding and pressing the muslin until dry.

This liquid should then be put into a dark glass jar with a tight stopper. This is an alcohol preparation and it will last a very long time. J Ethnopharmacol 1999; 64:23-34); Laus G, Brössiner D, Keplinger K. The dosage should start at 5 drops at a time up to 3 times a day and you can build it up 15 drops at a time as you feel you need it. Never use more than 15 drops at a time. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1998:1086-1088. If you find the effectiveness is weaker than desired, then you may increase the dosage 5 drops at a time until the effect is felt.

However, these are both viral conditions, lysine might also provide some benefit to individuals with shingles. DO NOT USE if you are pregnant, nursing or suffering from any immune disorder or disease. Topical creams and ointments can be made from Cats Claw and applied to the skin. It is very effective on Herpes and Viral infections on the skin. It has fantastic antiviral and antioxidant properties and it can really help these infectious and contagious disorders. But then facts concerning cat’s claw’s benefits became confusing, as often happens with market-driven research. A simple method: Add two teaspoons (2 Tsp) of dried herb to a single cup (8 oz) of water.

Use distilled or spring water if available. Boil as if to make tea and then let simmer until it boils down to a dark color. Strain the herb out of the water through a coffee filter or muslin cloth. Once you have clear, dark liquid then you should add an equal amount of oil to the tea (any vegetable oil will do; choose organic if you can). Boil the tea and the oil together over medium high heat until the liquid has evaporated. I have no FeLV + but have two that have Feline Aids and are constantly trying to fight off URI”s. This is the infused oil and it can be used just like an ointment.

Rub it right on. Use as often as needed. To make a cream: Use the same oil mixture as above but add in Beeswax to thicken. For every 2 cups of oil, add 1 oz of Beeswax. That would mean, for one cup (1c) of oil, add in 1/2 oz of Beeswax, for 1/2 cup of oil, add in 1/4 oz of Beeswax, etc… You can melt and blend this combo over low heat until it’s thick and creamy. If you prefer, you can use Cocoa Butter or Lanolin instead of Beeswax. It’s up to you.

In addition, treatment with Uncaria tomentosa enhanced cell death when NF-kappaB was inhibited. To make an ointment: Melt and blend 1 ounce (1 oz) of either Beeswax, Cocoa Butter or Lanolin with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Melt the Beeswax, Butter or Lanolin slowly over low heat and stir in the oil after it has completely melted. Stir constantly but gently. Do not whip. Once melted and blended, fold in 1 ounce (1 oz) of dried Cats Claw roots and stems (ground) and stir gently over medium heat for about 10 minutes. After heating, strain the herb out over double muslin.

Having a background in dietetic science (nutrition) I am aware that many foods fuel inflammation. Toss out the ground herb. In this paper, we showed that treatment of THP-1 monocyte-like cells with Uncaria tomentosa extracts inhibited the MAP kinase signaling pathway and altered cytokine expression. It should be wide enough to reach in with a finger or spoon and should also have a tight fitting lid to keep it from spoiling. DO NOT add Borax to extend life. It is too harsh for skin with rashes or infections. Use a drop of tincture of benzoin if you wish to extend shelf life.

Simple fast ointment: Heat 3 1/2 ounces (3 1/2oz) of Petroleum Jelly in an enamel pan or bowl over boiling water (in a double boiler) until melted. Leave to cool. Buy a vial of Cats Claw essential oil and add a few drops to the melted jelly. Put this into a container and label for future use. It will cool and jel again, making it an easy rub on for wounds and sores.

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