Cat’s Claw

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Cat’s Claw has broad spectrum immune balancing properties making it useful for any patient suffering from an immune challenge. It has been shown to have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties[1]. A study in 2020 done at John Hopkins found Cat’s Claw to be an effective anti-microbial in the lab against Lyme Disease[2]. This was actually big news as it has long been reported this herb has immune enhancing properties, but JH found it also has anti-microbial activity against Lyme itself.

In studies this herb has been shown enhance immune system activity and health cell numbers in patients undergoing chemotherapy which typically produces low immune function as a side effect[3]. It has been shown to lower the inflammatory cytokines TNF alpha and NFkappaB[4,5]. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Warren believes it is generally well tolerated. It has also been shown to have immune enhancing properties against viruses[6].

BENEFITS

  • Part of Dr. Warren’s Core Lyme Support Program
  • Immune System Tonifying Herb
  • Antioxidant for Nervous System
  • Boosts CD57+ Natural Killer Cells

Dosage
Capsule: 2 capsules 1-2x/day
Liquid: 30 drop in water or juice 1-3x/day

Caution
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Description

In studies, this herb has been shown to enhance immune system activity and healthy cell numbers in patients undergoing chemotherapy, which typically produces low immune function as a side effect [3]. It has been shown to lower the inflammatory cytokines TNF alpha and NFkappaB [4],[5]. This is one of the reasons why Dr. Warren believes it is generally well-tolerated. It has also been shown to have immune enhancing properties against viruses [6].

Why We Love It
Two Birds One Stone

I (Dr. Warren) first experienced the immune power of this herb when I was in Chiropractic school in St. Louis. You take basically a double college load (30 credits/semester) and about 2 years in I got extremely run down from a virus with symptoms of fatigue, depression and lack of motivation and low Testosterone. Cat’s Claw was one of the immune boosting herbs I took to help myself heal and overcome that chronic virus. It is a common herb I recommend for anyone who is run down from stress and has a virus taking advantage of their weakened body.

After graduation in 2010 I moved back to Minnesota and began my career helping chronically ill people. It did not take long for chronic Lyme Disease to pop into my world and at the top of my research into Lyme Disease was my old friend Cat’s Claw! I consider Cat’s Claw to be a fundamental part of 95% of my protocols for supporting patients with chronic Lyme Disease. I was long familiar with its immune enhancing properties, and explained it to patients as such for years before the ground breaking study in 2020 found it can actually kill Borrelia in a test tube directly. What a bonus! This herb both inhibits Lyme and also helps your immune system.

These are literally the first two fundamental goals for helping a patient with any chronic infection… inhibit the infecting organism and support healthy immune system function. Cat’s Claw does both these things extremely efficiently and is thus a great first step for almost anyone supporting their body through a chronic tick-borne illness.

Ingredients

Cats Claw†

  • Cat’s claw is a woody vine that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of Central and South America. Its thorns resemble a cat’s claws.
  • The two most common species are U. tomentosa and U. guianensis. Most commercial preparations of cat’s claw contain U. tomentosa.
  • Use of cat’s claw dates back 2,000 years. Indigenous people of South and Central America used it to ward off disease.
  • Today, cat’s claw is promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of health conditions, including viral infections (such as herpes, human papilloma virus, and HIV), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, diverticulitis, peptic ulcers, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, parasites, and leaky bowel syndrome.

References

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

[1] Sandoval M, Okuhama NN, Zhang XJ, et al. Antiinflammatory and antioxidant activities of cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis) are independent of their alkaloid content. Phytomedicine 2002;9:325-337.

[2] Feng J, Leone J, Schweig S, Zhang Y. Evaluation of Natural and Botanical Medicines for Activity Against Growing and Non-growing Forms of B. burgdorferi. Front Med (Lausanne). 2020 Feb 21;7:6. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.00006. PMID: 32154254; PMCID: PMC7050641.

[3] Farias I, do Carmo Araújo M, Zimmermann ES, Dalmora SL, Benedetti AL, Alvarez-Silva M, Asbahr AC, Bertol G, Farias J, Schetinger MR. Uncaria tomentosa stimulates the proliferation of myeloid progenitor cells. J Ethnopharmacol. 2011 Sep 1;137(1):856-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2011.07.011. Epub 2011 Jul 8. PMID: 21771655.

[4] Spelman K, Burns J, Nichols D, Winters N, Ottersberg S, Tenborg M. Modulation of cytokine expression by traditional medicines: a review of herbal immunomodulators. Altern Med Rev. 2006 Jun;11(2):128-50. PMID: 16813462.

[5] Allen-Hall L, Arnason JT, Cano P, Lafrenie RM. Uncaria tomentosa acts as a potent TNF-alpha inhibitor through NF-kappaB. J Ethnopharmacol. 2010;127(3):685-693.

[6] Williams JE. Review of antiviral and immunomodulating properties of plants of the Peruvian rainforest with a particular emphasis on Una de Gato and Sangre de Grado. Altern Med Rev. 2001 Dec;6(6):567-79. PMID: 11804547.

Warnings

Herbs included in this product can potentially interact with certain medications and/or may have adverse effects for individuals with certain medical conditions or allergies. Make sure to consult with your licensed healthcare provider before taking this product. Not for use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Store away from children

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