Cat’s Claw – Boost your Immune System
Uncaria tomentosa (Utor Cat’s Claw) is a medicinal herb that has been used in the treatment of different diseases including cancer. It has been used for 2 primary functions – Reduce Inflammation and Boost Immune system
Patients who use Cat’s Claw along with traditional cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation, reported fewer adverse effects to those therapies. It helps in the restoration of cellular DNA, preventing mutations and cell damages caused by chemotherapy drugs. It modulates the activity in the immune system, such as the proliferation of normal T and B lymphocytes, also modulating certain cytokines, including IL-1 and IL-6, TNF-α.
Used to treat viral infections, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, diverticulitis, peptic ulcers, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, parasites, and leaky bowel syndrome.
Its found mainly in South America and Peru is a big exporter. Both the bark and the leaves can be taken.
- You are taking warfarin or other blood thinners: Cat’s claw may increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. Clinical relevance is not known.
- You are taking drugs that are substrates of Cytochrome P450 3A4, CYP2J2, UGT1A3, UGT1A9, ABCB1, and SLCO1B1, and PXR: Cat’s claw can affect the metabolism of drugs that are substrates of these enzymes. Clinical relevance is not known.
- You are taking antiretroviral drugs: Case reports have shown that cat’s claw increases the serum concentrations of atazanavir, ritonavir and saquinavir, and can therefore, increase their side effects.
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