Predominantly found in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical environments in South and Central America, cat’s claw is an ancient remedy for digestion, immunity, and blood pressure challenges that dates back to the Incas. According to indigenous shamans, it is a balancer and bridge between physical and spiritual worlds. In some Amazonian tribes, it is still known as the most sacred of herbs. If you’re wondering about its name, the plant’s hooked vines closely resemble — you guessed it — a cat’s claw. Let’s break down some of the tropical vine’s ancient uses that are also supported by modern science.
Cat’s Claw for Digestive Healing
As we are continuing to learn, our gut health is paramount to our overall health. Conditions such as leaky gut, colitis, diverticulitis, and stomach ulcers are just some of the conditions that can benefit from cat’s claw. More in depth research has recently been done on Crohn’s disease and cat’s claw with one study finding 250 mg per day can calm the inflammation caused by the condition.
Cat’s Claw as an Immunity Booster
White blood cells are one of our immune system’s major players. In one study, cat’s claw was shown to increase the white blood count in research participants and help them fight infection. Cat’s claw can not only boost our immune system when it’s under strain — but it can also calm an overactive immune system.
Cat’s Claw for Lower Blood Pressure
Traditional Chinese Medicine has long used cat’s claw to help treat hypertension. Cat’s claw has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure and increase circulation. This combination can help inhibit clotting and stroke, as well as improve neurological conditions.
How to Use Cat’s Claw
The healing properties of this plant, found in the root and bark, are ground down and made into tinctures, teas, capsules, creams, and more. Any of these forms are highly effective but if you’re taking a stronger dose you may want to check with your herbalist or practitioners. Another method for incorporating cat’s claw is through herbal steaming practices. If this calls to you, make sure to check out our Womb Protector™ pelvic steaming herb blend and Womb Protector™ Ritual Bundle that both contain organic and high-quality cat’s claw.