Cat's Claw Supplement - Background


 Cat’s Claw Product Details

Cat’s Claw has been used for centuries by indigenous healers to support the immune system and to help the body detoxify.
It is an excellent and gentle bowel cleanser. Cat’s Claw helps reduce sugar cravings and due to its cleansing effects, resets the essential proper flora balance in the intestines. Symptoms such as gas, bloating, and constipation are helped by Cat’s Claw. Additionally, it is used to effect healthy joint functioning and healthy sugar handling in the body.
Cat’s Claw keeps your immune system functioning effectively. The potent antioxidants in Cat’s Claw can ease the effects of aging and environmental damage on your body.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This website is designed to provide health information for the purposes of reference and guidance and to accompany, not replace, the services of a qualified healthcare practitioner or physician. None of these statements have been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent any disease.

Further, if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant DO NOT take Cat’s Claw. Further, if you are pregnant health eating is most certainly advised, but rapid/drastic changes are not and you should work with your personal healthcare provider at tailoring a program just for you!

Cat’s Claw Background

Cat’s Claw or Una de Gato, Uncaria tomentosa is named for the cat’s claw-like spines located on the underside of the leaves of this woody vine. It is native to the Amazon River Basin and finds its home through Central and South America where it is used widely as a sacred medicinal plant.

Indigenous Uses

Stagnancy and stressors lead to imbalance and continued imbalance leads to physical and spiritual illness. Cat’s Claw is used to remove stagnancy in the body first by being a superior bowel cleanser, and therefore helping to reset proper flora balance in the intestines. As a result, Cat’s Claw enhances the normal physiologic functioning, lymphatic drainage, and detoxification of the body.

Cat’s Claw has been used for centuries by rainforest cultures “to treat the following conditions: inflammatory conditions, asthma, gastric ulcer, viral infections, menstrual disorders…gonorrhea, cancer, diabetes, and tumors” (American Botanical Council, para. 1). It is also useful in the treatment of osteoporosis.

It has also been used traditionally to treat conditions of diarrhea, constipation, gas, and bowel syndromes. Research attributes these therapeutic effects in part to the phytochemical constituents, including unique alkaloids (which are a group of molecules that have a pharmacological effect on humans), polyphenols and triterpines found in significant concentrations in Cat’s Claw.


The herb also shows “antioxidant and radical scavenging activities” (Goncalves, et al., 89). It has been shown to be “an effective antioxidant… [and also] a remarkable potent inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor alpha production” (Sandoval, et al., para 1), which is responsible for inflammation, also involved with autoimmune conditions such as Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Cat’s Claw may be effective in relief from these and other conditions resulting from TNF alpha activity.

Many studies validate the herb’s general therapeutic effects. The anti-inflammatory action is most probably related to the “presence of proanthocyanadins and phenolic acids, mainly caffeic acid…[there is researched] evidence for an antioxidant mechanism underlying the antiinflammatory activity of cat’s claw and support [of] some of the biological effects of proanthocyanadins, more exactly its antioxidant and radical scavenging activities (Goncalves, et al., pg. 89). These antioxidants help reduce cell damage due to disease and aging.

Immune System Response

Researchers are currently evaluating the many previously determined positive effects in treating different types of cancer with cat’s claw. The plant is also being researched for its effectiveness on reducing viral loads in AIDS patients. A study done by Y. Sheng, L. Li Holmgren and R. W. Pero on “DNA repair, mitogenic response and leukocyte recovery after chemotherapy-induced DNA damage in vivo”(pg. 275) showed a “12-15% increase”(pg.279) in bodily DNA repair. “Decreased DNA damage and increased DNA repair are often accompanied with faster recovery of immune cell number and enhanced immune function (response)” (Sheng et al., 281). This explains also why the herbal is being considered for treatment of AIDS patients. Environmental damage to the body may also improve with treatment with the herb.

In a study by Klaus Keplinger, et al., researchers examined the “ethnomedicinal use and new pharmacological, toxicological, and botanical results” (23) of cat’s claw. “Thirteen individuals with HIV-infection, who refused to receive other therapies, voluntarily took…extract of U. tomentosa” (27). “Although the total leukocyte number remained unchanged within the whole collective, it was found that low [leukocyte] values were raised and high values were lowered [or normalized]…and the relative and absolute lymphocyte count increased significantly” (30), thus showing cat’s claw “can be safely used in long-term therapy whenever a normalization of lymphocyte counts is desired” (32). These benefits were attributed to similar compounds as cited in the Sheng, Goncalves, and Sandoval studies. This normalizing effect is useful for everyday body balance and can keep your immune system working at peak performance.

Cat’s claw cleanses and brings the body back into the balance we know is essential-or, as the Ashaninka Indians of Peru say when they are healthy, “nocaratanaje” or “I carry harmony.” Now you can carry harmony, too!

Cleanse your body, and support your immune system with Cat’s Claw.


 American Botanical Council (1995). Herb clip file: un?a de gato (publication no. HC 12-18-5-1).

Goncalves, C., Dinis, T., & Batista, M.T. (2005). Antioxidant properties of proanthocyanidins of uncaria tomentosa bark decoction: a mechanism for anti-inflammatory activity. Phytochemistry, 66, 89-98.

Keplinger, K., Laus, G., Wurm, M, Dierich, M., & Teppner, H. (1999). Uncaria tomentosa (willd.) DC-ethnomedicinal use and new pharmacological, toxicological and botanical results. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 64, 23-34.

Sandoval, M., Charbonnet, R.M., Oruhaha, N.N., Roberts, J., Krenova, Z., Trentacosti, A.M., et al. (2000). Cat’s claw inhibits TNF ? production and scavenges free radicals: role in cytoprotection. Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 29, 71-78.

Sheng, Y., Li, L., & Holmgren, K., et al. (2001). DNA repair enhancement of aqueous extracts of uncaria tomentosa in a human volunteer study. Phytomedicine, 8, 275-282.