UNA DE GATO [175-0]
(Also known as Cat's Claw)
Flexible immune system booster from the rain forests of Peru.
During the last 25 years, South American and European research on cat's
claw has confirmed native uses for degenerative diseases ranging from arthritis
to cancer, immune problems, a wide variety of intestinal problems and hormonal
imbalances. For instance, it clearly enhances the ability of white blood
cells to attack foreign matter.
Other findings indicate that it may help prevent stroke and heart attacks.
It is truly a "world class herb."
Cat's Claw Combination also adds astragalus and echinacea. Both are well-known,
powerful immune system stimulants. Astragalus is a major Chinese chi tonic
that is important in many formulas for weakened conditions.
It also has proven immune enhancing properties.
Contains cat's claw, astragalus, echinacea and vitamin C.
Nature's Sunshine uses only the most potent species of cat's claw, Uncaria
Other cat's claw supplements containing unearia guianensis
most immune stimulating properties.
According to Steven Horne
"Cat's claw, also known as Una de Gato, is native to the jungles of Peru. It is used by native people for gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, female problems, acne and even some forms of depression. It is also applied topically as a treatment for wounds, fungus, fistulas, and hemorrhoids.
Medical research on cat's claw shows it contains a series of alkaloids that have been demonstrated to have immune stimulating properties. These alkaloids also enhance the tone of the parasympathetic nervous system and inhibit striated muscle contraction (which helps muscles relax). These properties contribute to a hypotensive (blood pressure lowering) effect in the herb. Cat's claw is also fever reducing, diuretic and stimulating to the uterus.
Other researchers found quinovic acid glycosides and triterpenes in the plant that have antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity. A steroidal compound was also found to be anti-inflammatory. Other research showed that cat's claw help to prevent cellular mutation (thus having a protective effect against developing cancer).
In practical clinical applications, cat's claw has been observed to have a beneficial effect in people suffering from skin disorders, allergies, rheumatic conditions, chronic inflammation, and viral diseases such as herpes and cancer.
Another wonderful benefit of cat's claw is its ability to help restore intestinal integrity in leaky gut syndrome, chronic parasite infections, and imbalances in the intestinal microflora.
Dr. Brent Davis wrote that in four years of clinical experience with about 150 patients, he saw cat's claw resolve "severe intestinal derangements that no other available products can touch." He used cat's claw as a single to achieve these results.
Dr. Davis believes that cat's claw's primary benefits are due to its effect on the intestines.
Most, if not all, of the conditions cat's claw has been used to treat have connections to intestinal health.
One of the major problems with the use of this plant is that it is being collected from delicate forest ecosystems and is not being replanted. A native elder in Peru told Dr. Davis that even though cat's claw "is powerful, it is nevertheless very sensitive, and that if it is utilized with a lack of good motivation, it will lose much of its wide healing ability and will become only a chemical shadow of its real self."
This is a common teaching among native peoples. Plants must be harvested with respect in order to obtain their full healing benefits, especially to our mind and heart. High quality cat's claw does have a very beneficial effect on the mental and emotional state of individuals who have unresolved emotional wounds that are causing neurological problems. It has been shown to have a positive effect on serotonin and dopamine, two important mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.
Cat's claw is available through NSP as an ingredient in the Cat's Claw Combination. This formula is primarily used as an immune-enhancing formula for viral infections and cancer.
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