The health benefits of Cat’s Claw tea have been acknowledged by many jungle tribes of the Amazon region for centuries.
Cat’s Claw, also known as uncaria tomentosa or una de gato, is a woody rainforest herb found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America. Belonging to the Rubiaceae family, the herb gets its name from its claw-shaped thorns.
The plant is typically seen clinging to more than 100-foot trees by virtue of its thorns. Cat’s Claw has been traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory and immune stimulating natural medicine.
Cat’s Claw tea is made by combining near-boiling water with the ground inner bark of the Cat’s Claw plant. Cat’s Claw Tea is then allowed to stand for about 20 minutes, this is the amount of time needed to transfer the extract of the Cat’s Claw’s alkaloids, sterols, glycosides, procyanidins into the brew.
Women are cautioned to avoid use of Cat’s Claw when trying to get pregnant. Those suffering from chronic health condition resulting from over-stimulation of the immune system, such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, or Show-gren’s syndrome, are also cautioned to avoid the use of this herb.
This tea acts as a tonic with the following benefits:
- Balances and enhances the immune system’s ability to fight viruses, bacteria, and intestinal parasites.
- Is reported to also possess anti-cancer properties via the stimulation of the immune system.
- Is used to combat stomach ulcers, gastritis and eczema.
- Has traditionally been used to combat rheumatoid arthritis.
- Said to lower blood pressure by improving blood circulation.
- Has been used to aid patients during convalescence and general weakness.
- Its used to treat certain allergies.
- Has been applied to treat sufferers of dysentery.