Cat’s Claw as an Anti-inflammatory and Immune Enhancing Agent in Lyme Disease
A derivative from the bark of a woody vine growing in the Peruvian Amazon highlands. cat’s claw is one of the most versatile of all Amazon forest natural medicines known. Known to the tribal people as Uno De Gata, it is a complex of a wide range of tannins, flavonoids, and antioxidants. The complex consisting of the inner bark was used by South and Central American natives for the treatment of a wide range of conditions including arthritis, ulcers of the stomach, generalized inflammation, dysentery, and fevers. According to native lore it also has properties as a birth control agent.
There are two major reasons it may prove useful in Lyme disease. One is the result of its broad-spectrum anti-inflammatory agent and also as a consequence of its powers for the immune system. Yet another aspect is its beneficial properties as an antioxidant, since Lyme is associated with oxidative damage. In a number of studies it has been determined that the bark complex aids in the quenching of free radical toxins, which are produced when the cells of the body are under stress, including the stress of acute or chronic infection.
On the medical website UMM.edu, the following is found under the listed link –  http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cats-claw, the following is found:
Osteoarthritis
…it has been used traditionally to treat osteoarthritis (OA). One study found that it may help relieve pain from knee OA without any significant side effects.
Rheumatoid arthritis
Cat’s claw has been suggested as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) because it may help reduce inflammation. One small study of people who were already taking sulfasalazine or hydroxychloroquine to treat RA found that those who also took cat’s claw had fewer painful, swollen joints than those who took a placebo (dummy pill).
Here is the issue. If it has such properties and can cause no harm to the tissues, then, it is of great utility in the chronic inflammation and arthritis of Lyme, since there are few if any medical therapies for this infectious inflammation.
Best form of cat’s claw
The most ideal form of cat’s claw is the wild-growing type, which is hand-harvested by Peruvian villagers. Too, regarding such cat’s claw it is most potent if it is in an unaltered form. Alcohol and other solvents to a degree corrupt its medicinal powers. An alcohol-free extract is ideal for other reasons, for instance, the fact that this chemical acts as an irritant, in fact, toxin for people suffering with Lyme.
Too, once again, there are advantages of the raw form, since the enzymes are intact, and they are not intact with heat extracts or alcohol solutions. Peruvian 12:1 cold-temperature extracts are ideal. Such extracts are produced without any degree of harsh heat, and thus all the powerful components within the complex are fully intact. The 12:1 extracts are exceedingly potent. Only a small amount daily is needed, like a quarter of a teaspoon. In some cases it might be necessary to take a half teaspoonful or more daily or even three times daily. It can be stirred in thick juice and/or added into a smoothie. It can also be taken directly, followed by water, or packed into a capsule. 12:1 Peruvian Amazon-source cat’s claw is an ideal adjunct for the Lyme suffering, especially those suffering with chronic inflammatory conditions. Yet, it is also of value to bolster the immune response against tick-source invaders, making such a natural substance a true blessing in the battle against this dreaded disease.
Source:
Ingram, C. 2015. The Lyme Disease Cure (manuscript cop), forthcoming, March, 2015.
Cat’s claw | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cats-claw#ixzz3Qii8oyKg

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