Latin Name : Uncaria Tomentosa
Origin Country: Peru
Cat’s claw is often referred to as “miracle herb from the rain forest of Peru”. Properties attributed to cat’s claw include anti-microbial, antioxidant, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.
– The anti-inflammatory effects of cat’s claw are beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis and gout.
– Its antioxidant properties help in the protection of cells from damage caused by free radicals. Some of the glycosides present in the herb may also add protection from pain.
– Unique alkaloids in cat’s claw seem to enhance the immune system in a general way. These alkaloids have a pronounced effect on the ability of white blood cells to engulf and digest harmful micro-organisms and foreign matter.
To make an infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer).
Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight.
Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour.
Decoction: In a pot, bring 3 cups of cold water, 3-4 teaspoons of cat's claw bark into a simmer.
Gently decoct (simmer) for 30 minutes.
Strain out herbs and return liquid to pot. . Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day.
Add if you want one spoonful of honey at a time and dissolve over very low heat until you reach desired sweetness.
Cat's claw is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people, when taken by mouth short-term.
The high levels of tannins in cat’s claw may cause some side effects — including nausea, stomach upset, and diarrhea — if consumed in large amount.
In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using any herb especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.