Cat’s claw is a plant. Two species of cat’s claw. Medicine is made from the root and bark. Cat’s claw was ranked as the seventh most popular herb in U.S. sales in 1997. Do not confuse cat’s claw with cat’s foot, which is dangerous to use.
.. Cat’s claw is most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis …and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, Cat’s Claw, helps to regulate high blood pressure, lowering it.
It is also used for various digestive system disorders including swelling and pain (inflammation) of the large intestine (diverticulitis), inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis), inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome.
Some people use cat’s claw for viral infections including shingles (caused by herpeszoster), cold sores (caused by herpes simplex), and AIDS (caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)).
Cat’s claw is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), wound healing, parasites, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, hay fever, cancer (especially urinary tract cancer), a particular type of brain cancer called glioblastoma, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone pains, and “cleansing” the kidneys.
How does it work?
Cat’s claw contains chemicals that might stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses.