Cats Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
Warning: Cat’s Claw should not be used in pregnancy or alongside ulcer medications
Cat’s Claw comes from a vine that grows in the rainforests of the Amazon and takes its name from the large thorns that protrude from the woody stem. This is a plant that has been used by natives of the area for over 2,000 years so, although relatively new in the developed world, its use as a medicine goes back to before the time of Christ.
There haven’t, as yet, been too many studies done with Cat’s Claw, however, it is a proven anti-inflammatory and has been show to stimulate white blood cells in the fight against infection. It also contains the plant version of steroids, sterols, which suggests that anecdotal evidence that this is a good herb for relieving arthritis can be backed up with scientific fact.
Cat’s Claw has been used to help:
Viral infections (such as herpes and HIV)
Immuno-deficiency (e.g. HIV)
In large doses, Cat’s Claw has a powerful sedative effect, so use with caution.
Vaporize your Cat’s Claw at 150°C to 175°C (302°F to 347°F).