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Cats Claw Bark

Cat's Claw

A Stamina Enhancing Tonic

Cat's Claw Bark is a general stamina-enhancing tonic from South America. South American cat's claw is a long vine that climbs into the highest parts of tropical trees. Reaching 100 feet or longer, it has thick woody stems and curved barbs at the places where the leaves attach to the stems. These claw-like projections allow the vine to attach to tree bark and also give the plant its name.

Cat's Claw Bark enhances immunity, increasesimmunoglobin counts and helps protect cells from damage. This valuable herb regulates normal blood pressure, balances cholesterol, relaxes blood vessel walls and opens up peripheral circulation making it helpful for the skin and joints. Due to possible anti-inflammatory effects, cat's claw may help to relieve pain of arthritis. It may also be useful for lowering blood pressure and treating some cancers.

A relaxing herb, Cat's Claw Bark balances the heart rate. Cat's claw also benefits PMS, and its diuretic effect balances water in the body.

Cat's claw may be purchased in many different oral dosage forms that include liquids such as cat's claw inner bark extract and tinctures as well as solids such as capsules and tablets. Liquid extracts are absorbed faster than tablets or capsules, and are more potent than tinctures. Nature's Answer cat's claw is manufactured in an FDA registered and pharmaceutically licensed facility.

Cats Claw Root Bark

Extracts and tinctures are concentrated liquid preparations usually made by soaking chopped or mashed plant parts in a liquid such as alcohol. Dried cat's claw bark is also sold for making tea.

Cat's claw has been used for centuries by native Indians

Cat's Claw Supplement

The amount of Cat's Claw supplements to take are not well defined although common doses in clinical trials have been 100 mg per day for osteoarthritis and 60 mg per day for rheumatoid arthritis. Some studies have used higher doses (350 mg to 500 mg per day) and daily doses as high as 10,000 mg (10 grams) have been reported among South Americans who take cat's claw as a general tonic. As such, it is averaged out by herbalists that 500 mg is sufficient.

High doses of Cat's Claw have not been studied for possible side effects, however. Individuals who decide to use cat's claw should follow the directions on the package that is purchased.

Note:  Herbal cat's claw (Uncaria guianensis or Uncaria tomentosa) should not be confused with a plant known as cat's claw acacia (or Acacia gregii) in the United States and Mexico. Cat's claw acacia contains chemicals that may be harmful if swallowed. Individuals who have any question about the source of the cat's claw bark they plan to use, should not take it.

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