The Amazing Cure of Cat's Claw

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Temperate and tropical rain forest serves as a haven for the myriad of flora and fauna. Life seems to burst in every niche and pore of these rain forests. Scientist have a long way to go in their attempts to identify all the species of life there, much


Temperate and tropical rain forest serves as a haven for the myriad of flora and fauna.

Life seems to burst in every niche and pore of these rain forests. Scientist have a long way to go in their attempts to identify all the species of life there, much less discover their possible uses in the fields of medicine, agricultural, and other related areas. These forms of life could survive the growing treat of their destruction, due to avaricious human desires.

While these rainforest have not yet disappeared, we can avail of its many exotic herbs to treat and cure the maladies of mankind. The Cat’s Claw, for one, is nothing new in the Indians of Peruvian rainforests. Known to them as the Una de Gato, the ailments of many generations have been relayed by this herb.

Growing a woody vine in the highlands of the Amazons, the Cat’s Claw develops to over a 100 feet long and attaches and winds its way up the trees. The Cat’s claw belongs to the botanical genus uncaria tomentosa.

Uncus, in Latin, means hook, and all the plants in this genus have large, curved thorns that looks like the claws of a cat. Indian folklore narrates how this herb could cure various diseases.

The native Ashaninka Indians of the Amazons used the roots and bark of this persistent vine to concoct potent teas, which dispelled a brood spectrum of health problems.

In the 1970s research agencies in Peru, Austria conducted studies that yielded results promising to rival the therapeutic values of other popular extracts like ginseng, Echinacea, Asian mushroom, grape seeds, and shark cartilage.

Cancer, heart diseases, arthritis, gastro intestinal disorders, ulcers, allergies, PMS, AIDS, herpes, CFS, lupus diabetes, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, and depression are a few among the variety of diseases which the Cat’s Claw is found to be useful.

Klaus Keplinger, an Austrian research scientist, patiently spent many years studying the herb. He manages to isolate some of its major components. His research revealed that there are six essential oxindole alkaloids. Four of these organic compounds – isopteropodine, pteropodine, isomitraphylline, isorynchophylline – demonstrate a direct enhancement on the capacity of the white blood cells and dispose of harmful microorganism and cell debris.

According to the researchers of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 5th alkaloid, rynchophylline, exhibit the property of inhabiting platelet aggregation and thrombosis. This implies that Cat’s Claw is said to reduce blood pressure, increase circulation, and inhibit the formation and accumulation of atherosclerosis plaque and blood clot.

Cancer Remedy and AIDS Relief

Many natural herbs are being tested as a cancer remedy. Cat’s Claw offers to be a promising option since it contains anti-mutagenic properties, which means it decreases the mutagenic activity of chemicals and other substances. This inactivity is partly due to the herb’s potent antioxidant qualities.

Used in vitro, Cat’s Claw extracts can speedily quench singlet oxygen and rapidly scavenge free radicals. Of all free radicals, singular oxygen is the most devastating and is associated with cancer, arteriosclerosis, and other degenerative diseases.

The 1998 International Congress on Traditional Medicine in Lima, Peru openly declared that Cat’s Claw as an effective cure for cancer and other degenerative diseases. This was further documented by the findings a Peruvian doctor who treated 14 kinds of cancer in 700 patients in 1984 to 1988. Other reports showed Cat’s Claw relieved the nasty side effects of chemotherapy. Still, others showed results of how the herb hampered tumor-egenic proliferation due to the explicit action on the DNA.

In the joint studies of Dr. Leon Federico, PhD., and Fernando Cabieses, M D, published in the Bulletin of the national Institute of Traditional Medicine in 1995, it was found that the herb extract raises the immunoglobulin count of cancer patients and inhibits the accumulation of movement of blood cells in some types of tumors. They discovered that this herb works better those conventional anti-inflammatory drugs, not having the typical negative side effects of those drugs.

Dr. Keplinger, through his Austrian laboratory, administered the herb extract together with AZT to treat HIV patients. This combination was discovered to retard the progression of the virus in the blood. Also, this combination stimulates the immune system at the cellular level and stops the development of tumors. This experiment has been conducted for several years now, and the patients who hadn’t showed the symptoms of AIDS at the time the treatment began have not yet showed any signs of the disease.

The patients who even showed the first signs of the disease when treatment started to displayed an explicit improvement in the blood analysis and a disappearance of clinical symptoms within the first year continuing to this day. The Cat’s Claw effectively decrease the negative side effects of both AZT and radiation therapy.

The Brent Davis of Washington DC called the herb, “the Opener of the Way” because of the fantastic mitigating action in the intestines. Dr. Davis said that the Cat’s Claw cleanses the entire intestinal tract and aids patients suffering from abroad spectrum of stomach and bowel disorders, including Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, leaky bowel syndrome (LBS), ulcers, parasites, and intestinal flora imbalance. Others have attested to the cure of systemic candidiasis, genital herpes, and herpes zoster.

Cat’s Claw which can be found in local health food stores is just one among a myriad of flora and fauna that bestows its boon to mankind. Its amazing treatment for many common and degenerative diseases is a simple sign of how we could derive unlimited benefits when rain forests are preserved.

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Posted on May 19, 2010