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Cat’s claw, powerful natural remedy that strengthens the immune system

What is cat’s claw good for?  Discover the properties and benefits of cat’s claw in this article.

This healing herb native to Peru has been traditionally used for more than 2000 years in folk medicine due to its benefits. The cat’s claw plant also receives other names such as samento , rangaya , garabato , bejucote , cat’s claw in English and Uncaria tomentosa in its Latin name.

Its root and bark are mainly used for medicinal purposes and a medicinal infusion is prepared with them .

Cat’s claw is a climbing plant that grows wild mainly in Central American countries and can reach more than 18 meters in height. It has very characteristic claw-shaped spines that are responsible for the name that the plant receives.

I invite you to watch a video, which you will find at the end of the article, in which I summarize the properties and uses of cat’s claw.

Medicinal properties of cat’s claw

Among the active principles contained in the root and bark of this medicinal plant are the alkaloids oxindoles, glycosides, polyphenols, terpenes and steroids.

Thanks to these components, cat’s claw has an analgesic, antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, immunostimulating, anticoagulant, antifungal, cardioprotective, antidiabetic, healing, antiallergic and even contraceptive action.

Benefits and uses of cat’s claw

This plant helps prevent the proliferation of cancer cells

May improve cases of prostatitis

Stimulates wound healing and healing

Improves cases of asthma and bronchitis

It is used to combat herpes (genital and zoster)

Regulates the menstrual cycle

Stimulates the functioning of the immune system

Fight free radicals

It is very effective for cases of general weakness

Reduces joint and muscle pain

Improves inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, etc.

Helps you purify the kidneys

It is a blood thinner

Prevents heart disease

Helps regulate hormonal imbalances

Cat’s claw promotes the proper functioning of the digestive tract

Accelerates recovery in cases of colds, otitis, conjunctivitis and sinusitis.

Fight fungi

People suffering from colitis, gastritis, stomach ulcers, Crohn’s disease or alterations of the intestinal flora, can benefit from the properties of cat’s claw to improve these ailments.

It helps you eliminate toxins from the body.

Read about the properties of other medicinal plants .

How to prepare cat’s claw infusion

In a cup we put a teaspoon of cat’s claw.

We add 200 ml of boiling water and cover the cup.

Let stand between 4 and 8 minutes.

After that time, strain and drink little by little once the infusion has cooled to room temperature.

The use of cat’s claw is contraindicated during pregnancy or lactation.

Before using this herb, consult a health professional so they can recommend how you should take this medicinal plant according to your particular needs.

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