Cat's Claw Tea - Uses - Benefits and More

Cat’s Claw Tea: Uses, Benefits, and More

Did you know that cat’s claw is a medicinal plant from South America, specifically originating from the Peruvian jungle, with a lot of medicinal properties?

For many centuries it has been used to treat multiple ailments and health problems since the list of diseases that can be treated with the bark and root of this versatile plant seems to be endless.

Although there are no scientific studies that confirm that this medicinal herb really serves for everything it is popularly used for, it is usually taken to combat and alleviate diseases such as arthritis, some types of cancer, AIDS, gonorrhea, different types of herpes, and many others.

Keep reading this article from It’s Never Not Teatime to discover what cat’s claw tea is used for, its properties, and all the benefits it brings us.

Cat’s Claw Tea Relieves Pain and Inflammation

Cat’s claw has anti-inflammatory components obtained from quinovic acid, specifically from the glycosides that this acid contains.

Therefore, this medicinal herb is a good ally against strokes, chronic pain with inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout, among other conditions.

Taking cat’s claw, either in infusions or in capsules of the extract of the bark and roots of this plant, you can reduce the inflammation caused by all these diseases, thus relieving the pain that they produce over time.

If it is a sprain or muscle pain in a specific area of the body due to excessive exercise, this plant can also be used externally as an ointment directly applied to the affected part of the body.

Stimulates the Immune System

Cat's Claw Tea Stimulates the Immune System

The benefits of cat’s claw never cease to amaze us because, in a completely natural way, this medicinal plant reduces the development of cancerous tumors, inhibiting the production of cancer cells.

This property of cat’s claw tea is due to its content of pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids, which stimulate the factor that regulates the proliferation of lymphocytes.

The medicinal properties of this plant native to the jungles of Peru and Ecuador increase the power of our red blood cells so that they can more easily eliminate bacteria, viruses, and other substances that favor the appearance of cancers.

Cat’s claw stimulates the immune system of those suffering from diseases that affect this system, such as cancer or AIDS, thus helping to fight diseases that may appear due to the decrease of defenses during radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatments.

However, it is vital that people suffering from diseases that lower the immune system, consult with a doctor or specialist before deciding to take this herb to stimulate it.

Benefits of Cat’s Claw for the Digestive System and the Cardiovascular System

Benefits of Cat's Claw for the Digestive System and the Cardiovascular System

It is popularly said that the properties of cat’s claw give it the ability to improve and alleviate ailments of the digestive system but, scientifically, this has not yet been proven to be true.

In fact, this plant has always been used to relieve stomach ulcers, gastritis, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky gut syndrome, but it is currently believed that precisely because it contains tannins, bitter substances, this plant is harmful in these cases by aggravating these conditions.

In addition, another widespread use of cat’s claw is to improve circulation and, in this case, we can say that it is scientifically proven that this medicinal herb is a vasodilator so it makes blood circulation more fluid and is recommended for cases of hypertension and for people suffering from problems such as varicose veins, poor circulation or thrombosis, always under medical supervision and preferably not under a medical treatment that is already acting in this regard.

This action of cat’s claw is due to the same components that give it its anti-inflammatory capabilities, the glycosides of quinovic acid.

Cat’s Claw to Fight Infectious Diseases

Among the most outstanding benefits of cat’s claw, we find that thanks to the derivatives of quinovic acid and triterpene heterosides, this Latin American plant also works against all kinds of viruses and infectious diseases, as these components give it a great antiviral capacity.

Cat's Claw to Fight Infectious Diseases

Therefore, this plant helps stop the advance of the HIV virus, and fight herpes (genital and zoster), gonorrhea, and infectious diseases of the urinary system such as cystitis and respiratory (asthma, sinusitis, allergies, etc.).

Cat’s Claw Is a Diuretic

This Amazonian plant has a strong diuretic power, so it is advisable to take it in infusions so that the water will also serve this purpose, in cases of people who need to eliminate toxins in the blood, clean the kidneys and easily eliminate retained fluids from the body.

Of course, it is essential that before consuming this medicinal herb you consult your doctor.

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No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.

Cat’s claw is one of the most sacred and widely used medicinal plants by indigenous people of Ecuador and Peru, thus all its properties and successful treatments for various ailments are based on real-life experiences and testimonies.

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER cannot and does not contain medical/health advice. The medical/health information is provided for general and educational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional advice.

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