Cat’s claw (Uncaria Tomentosa) is a herb that has been used by native peoples in South America for a long history. It has been used traditionally to treat arthritis, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, bursitis and gout.
Cat’s claw has anti-inflammatory effects. Scientists believe that Cat’s claw contains compounds that block the body’s production of inflammation-producing substances (prostaglandins). Small studies in humans have shown that catâs claw is effective in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cat’s claw reduces pain and inflammation in arthritic conditions. Studies have proven that the anti-inflammatory effects of Cat’s claw are beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis and gout. Scientists believe that as an antioxidant, cat’s claw helps protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, and some of the glycosides present in the herb may also add protection from pain.
Although Cat’s claw can reduce pain in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but it doesn’t appear to have much of an effect on reducing swelling.
Large trials and more evidence are needed.
Today Cat’s claw is sold as a dietary supplement in the market. You should consult your doctor before using it for your treatment.
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