This type of plant originates in the rainforests of the Peruvian Amazon and is up to 20 meters high because it tangles in trees. The name of the cat’s claws is due to the fact that it has thorns with that shape. Most of its active ingredients are mainly concentrated in the bark, although the root is also used.
The use of this medicinal plant, which comes from South America, was many years ago. It was used in tribes (such as Asháninkas) in the Peruvian jungle.
The benefits and properties of the cat’s claws are given by its components: chlorogenic, oleanolic, ursolic acids9, epicatechins, beta-sitosterol, rutin, and alkaloids.
Cat’s claw has the following very important properties:
- It is often used in chronic and acute problems such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc.
- In addition to this benefit, it also fights against viral problems, flu, virus, herpes, etc.
- It is very good to use if you want to heal certain wounds.
- Its effect in the fight against cancers and tumors has been studied due to its content of alkaloids with immunostimulatory and antimutagenic action (which prevents the mutation of genetic information). The results seem encouraging. Always seek the advice of your doctor or specialist.
- Its role is also to strengthen people’s immune systems and increase resistance to colds, infections, and cystitis.
- Fight against free radicals.
- Helps fight fungi.
- In women, the cat’s claw also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and in case of general weakness.
- Another benefit and properties of the cat’s claws are that it relieves stomach problems.
- Few people know that it is very good in fighting diarrhea
- Improves circulation, thus preventing the formation of thrombi and angina pectoris.
People need to know that this plant can have negative effects because not everyone can tolerate it. In women, this plant is not recommended if they are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It is also not recommended for people who have had an organ transplant or who are taking medication to prevent transplant rejection.
In many countries, this plant is found in the form of capsules, tablets, and extracts. The dose depends on each case. You should see the manufacturer’s recommendations and consult your doctor or specialist.