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A note from @The_Smile_Enthuisiast, longevity coach and co-creator of our Medicinal Herbal Blends.
Cat’s claw Bark (uncaria tomentosa or uno de gato)
Cat’s claw is a tropical woody vine whose bark has been harvested for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. Cat’s claw can aid in alleviating almost any symptom, from neurological to digestive. Cat’s claw has definitely been given accolades for its healing properties -- Medical Medium says that this herb contains bioactive pharma-compounds that supersede synthetic pharmaceuticals. The beauty part about cat’s claw is that pathogens such as bacteria cannot become resistant to it (as they sometimes can with synthetic antibiotics).
I used cat’s claw bark (the actual bark, not the tincture) during my healing journey, with tremendous success! I was battling multiple strains of strep bacteria. It also wouldn’t surprise me if I was unknowingly dealing with viral issues as well, as some of my symptoms stretched beyond what strep or H.phlori could present inside the body. Needless to say, all of my symptoms cease to exist. Cat’s claw also assist my liver’s personalized immune system -- so that’s a bonus!
The glycosides, proanthocyanidins and beta sitosterol found in cat’s claw exert a beneficial effect on memory (and you all know how much I love to nurture my noodle) making this medicinal herb an excellent supplement for the prevention of cognitive conditions.
So what other sort of symptoms or conditions would I use cat's claw bark for?
If I was diagnosed with Lyme, cat’s claw would be my #1 healing tool. Medical Medium says that parasites such as Babesia and bacteria such as Bartonella cannot withstand the wrath of cat’s claw. This herb eliminates these and other bugs without the so-called Herxheimer die-off reaction so common with antibiotics. The bioactive pharma-compounds in this herb regulate the destruction of pathogens so that it’s at a level the individual person can tolerate.
I would make cats claw infusions as a regular part of my evening routine, if I had any of the following conditions…Alzheimer’s, or any other cognitive/memory disorders. Cancers or tumors, ringing/buzzing in the ears, candida overgrowth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues, gastritis, tingles and numbness, neurological heart palpitations, headaches, brain fog, parasitical and bacterial infection, twitches, Bell’s palsy, frozen shoulder, spasms, tics, weakness of the limbs, burning sensations in or on the body, digestive disturbances, pins and needles, tremors, swallowing issues, slurred speech, nervousness, seizures, rashes, restless leg syndrome, dizziness, balance issues, moving body pain, muscle cramping, muscle tightness, muscle weakness, neck pain, joint pain, jaw pain, inflammation.
**Note: if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, keep cat’s claw out of your medicinal regimen.