Cat’s Claw is not among the most well-known herbal treatments in the world, but it is a very effective one, especially when issues of the gut or bowel are concerned. In treatment for those issues it is usually combined with other helpful herbs. The Cat’s Claw vine is also known as Una de Gato. It has long been used as a treatment in traditional Peruvian medicine for digestive problems and other health issues including arthritis, colitis, diverticulitis and cancer. Cat’s Claw has been demonstrated to have a beneficial effect on the body’s immune system as a result of the oxindole alkaloids which are contained in the roots and bark of the herb. Cat’s Claw is believed to reduce free radicals and also to kill viruses and harmful bacteria while allowing the beneficial bacteria to flourish.
Where the digestive system is concerned, Cat’s Claw has a number of positive effects. The herb can help to cleanse and detoxify the digestive/elimination system and can assist with constipation and other digestive discomfort. It’s included in many supplements such as Diverticalm and Ulcerative Colitis Botanicals and is used by patients with diverticulitis, IBS, Chrone’s disease, IBD, leaky bowel syndrome, colitis, and other problems in order to reduce their symptoms and help accelerate the healing process.
What are the other benefits of Cat’s Claw? When taken internally, it has been shown to not only help you with digestive problems, but will also fight viral and fungal infections, boost the power of the immune system, reduce inflammation and pain associated with various forms of rheumatism, and prevent the formation of cancerous cells. Used externally, it can help to accelerate the healing of wounds on the skin. It’s also used to fight a yeast infection. So when you take a digestive supplement like Diverticalm or Ulcerative Colitis Botanicals that includes only natural ingredients like Cat’s Claw, you not only are treating your digestive system, but also your entire body and immune system. The positive effects may go far beyond what you expect.
Paula Tipton-Healy L.M, CiHom