|Cat’s claw is a herb that grows in Peruvian rain forests. This herb has a lot of amazing health benefits and can be used to treat several diseases and health conditions. The herb is not as well-known as it should be. Here are some of the ways in which cat’s claw is good for the body:
Action On Immune System:
Our immune system is our defense mechanism. It is how our body fights with different bacteria, viruses and other agents that are working to harm us. A healthy immune system is necessary for proper body functioning and health. Cat’s claw, also known as Una De Gato, acts to boost and enhance body’s own natural defenses. In this way it lets the body fight different harmful stimuli on its own. Because of this immune enhancing property, Una de Gato is a famous alternative treatment for different kinds of cancers including leukemia. People with immune diseases like HIV also employ cat’s claw so that their immune system is stronger and they can better fight infections. This herb is also useful in lessening the side effects of chemotherapy in people suffering from cancer.
Inflammation is the process by which our body deals with injurious agents. However, sometimes inflammation itself may become harmful to the body. Una de Gato is an effective agent against inflammation. It fights and reduces the symptoms of inflammation including pain, redness and swelling. This is of particular importance in inflammation of muscles as well as joints in different diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is also helpful in inflammation caused by an injury
Effect on DNA Repair:
DNA is the central part of cells and it controls all the cellular functions. In other words, our DNA makes us who we are. DNA is liable to get damaged by different agents which may include bacteria, viruses, UV radiation, toxins etc. In the body, DNA regularly repairs itself to maintain its integrity. Cat’s claw is important in this DNA repair. In different experiments done, it was seen that cat’s claw helps the DNA in maintaining its structure and repairs it if any damage has been done, for example by UV radiation. This is important because it can prevent many diseases. Also, in people who were undergoing chemotherapy as a cancer treatment, cat’s claw given to them as an infusion resulted in DNA damage being decreased in healthy cells, which led to reduced side effects of chemotherapy.
As A Treatment Option for Cancer:
Cancer occurs when there is uncontrolled cellular division, which leads to the formation of a tumor. Studies have shown that cat’s claw helps in reducing and curbing this abnormal and unchecked cell division. Researchers in Europe found out that cat’s claw actually cause cancer cells to undergo cell death and inhibits the growth of leukemia cells. This means that cat’s claw can be used as an added treatment for cancer.
In some people and certain circumstances, cat’s claw can result in different side effects which are as follows:
Una de Gato intake has been linked with headaches in some people. The headache initiates as a strain and tightening of the muscles of the neck. Then this tightening spreads to the shoulders as well as the head. It may be initiated by tension, stress or anxiety. In a few people it can also cause reduction in blood pressure. In the case of a headache, it is best to stop using the herb and then applying hot packs.
Una de Gato can lead to diarrhea in its users; however this diarrhea is short lived and self-limiting. If the herb is continued to be used, the diarrhea goes away completely on its own. The only thing that you need to do is make sure you do not get dehydrate if you get diarrhea. Drink plenty of fluids and reduce your exercise till the symptom goes away and you are feeling better. There is no need to take any anti-biotic or other medicine for the diarrhea as it is not harmful.
Another effect that this herb might cause in people taking it is nausea and vomiting. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are our body’s way of getting rid of different foreign materials in the body. Una de Gato may be perceived as an irritating agent by the body, in which case the gut tries to get rid of it by vomiting and diarrhea. While not dangerous, this can certainly be annoying and uncomfortable. If you start vomiting after the herb intake, start by lowering the amount of herb being taken to see if your body tolerates it. If the symptom still does not go away, stop taking the herb.
Cat’s claw can also result in dizziness, light-headedness and vertigo. It may cause a problem in balancing and weakness. Dizziness is one side effect that is harmful and serious and if you experience it, stop taking cat’s claw and visit your doctor for a full check-up.