Why Cat's Claw May Be One Of Nature's Most Powerful Healers

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Why Cat's Claw May Be One Of Nature's Most Powerful Healers

  1. 1. ==== ====Get free e-books on a variety of topics from Affiliate Marketing to how to heal with crystals.http://thothknows.blogspot.com/==== ====Cats claw, known as una de gato in Spanish, is a herb derived from a vine-type plant which growswidely in the countries of Central and South America, and is particularly common in the Amazonrainforests and Peru. So vast and botanically rich are the wilds of the Amazon rain forest thatmany herbal practitioners still look to it as a potential source of powerful, but as yet undiscovered,herbal remedies. Although this hope might seem to some like wishful thinking, the example ofcats claw suggests that it may not be entirely fanciful; because although the herb has only veryrecently become known in the West, it has been used as health tonic and treatment by theindigenous peoples of the region for many centuries. But the claims made for the benefits of catsclaw need to be treated with some caution, because there are those who would have you regard itas something akin to a miracle herb or universal panacea; and orthodox medicine, as always, isrightly skeptical of the wilder claims of the herbal or "natural" remedy lobby.Rendered into liquid form, however, extracts of cats claw have been found to have potentadaptogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, and these are therefore used by herbaltherapists to tackle a wide variety of common ailments. The anti-inflammatory qualities of the herbindicate potential benefits in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and bursitis; as well as digestiveproblems and ulcers, whilst as an adaptogen and anti-oxidant cats claw is believed to boost theimmune system, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and even help in the fight against cancer.Serious research into the benefits of cats claw has been underway in Europe since the 1970s,and although, as noted above, conventional medicine remains reluctant to confirm the herbstherapeutic value, the fact that cats claw is only available on prescription in certain countries is aclear indication of its biochemical potency. Cats claws power as an immune system boosterappears to be related to unique properties in the alkaloids derived from it, certain of which appeardirectly to enhance the ability of the bodys white blood cells to destroy potentially harmful foreignmatter. These alkaloids also seem to stimulate the production of the vital T4 lymphocyte andleucocyte immune system cells which are crucial in fighting viral infections.One particular such alkaloid, rynchophylline, is also believed to be of great benefit to the cardio-vascular system in preventing blood "stickiness", or the potentially catastrophic formation of clotsin circulating blood in the heart and brain. Like other anti-oxidants, cats claw may also help toprevent the oxidation of low density lipids (LDL), or "bad cholesterol", and the consequent build upof deposits inside the arteries leading to atherosclerosis. Recent research also suggests that theanti-oxidant action of cats claw may also help to prevent the deposit of the plaques within braintissue which are implicated in the development of Alzheimers disease.The many potential benefits of cats claw make it a hugely exciting prospect for advocates ofherbal remedies. But there is an important caveat in that most of the research so far has beenconducted in the laboratory rather than on live human subjects. Against that, however, must be
  2. 2. set the many centuries of use of the herb amongst older civilisations.Orthodox medicine, moreover, is always keen to stress, quite correctly, that the mere fact that aremedy is described as "natural" or "herbal" does not mean it is necessarily free of potential sideeffects. Herbal remedies, after all, often provide the raw materials for the manufacture ofconventional drugs, and are highly active biochemical compounds in their own right. They couldnot be of any benefit if they were not.But in the case of cats claw the only contraindications for its use appear to for pregnant womenand those suffering from disorders of the immune system. For all others, the herb appears to becompletely safe, although very rare cases of minor gastric upsets and headaches have beenreported.The inner bark of the plant is the source of cats claws active alkaloid compounds, but the barkitself is indigestible and poorly absorbed, if at all, by the human digestive system. Fortunately,however, cats claw is now readily available in the form of easily absorbed teas, tinctures andcapsules, but its probably best to start with low doses to ensure freedom from any possible sideeffects. And as recommended therapeutic doses vary between 750 and 3,000 mg per day, itsalways worth talking things over with your physician or a reputable herbal practitioner beforebeginning any program of supplementation. But the potential benefits of cats claw appear sopromising that this is not a herb you should ignore.Steve Smith is a freelance copywriter specialising in direct marketing and with a particular interestin health products. Find out more at[http://www.sisyphuspublicationsonline.com/LiquidNutrition/Information.htm]Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Stephen_P_Smith==== ====Get free e-books on a variety of topics from Affiliate Marketing to how to heal with crystals.http://thothknows.blogspot.com/==== ====

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