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Cat’s Claw as an Anti-inflammatory and Immune Enhancing Agent in Lyme Disease Cat’s Claw as an Anti-inflammatory and Immune Enhancing Agent in Lyme Disease
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... Cat’s Claw as an Anti-inflammatory and Immune Enhancing Agent in Lyme Disease

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.

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…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.


Ingram, C. 2015. The Lyme Disease Cure (manuscript cop), forthcoming, March, 2015.

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Cass Ingram

Dr. Cass Ingram is a nutritional physician who received a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa (1979) and a D.O. from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA (1984). Dr. Ingram has since written over 20 books on natural healing. He has given answers and hope to millions through lectures on thousands of radio/TV shows. His research and writing have led to countless cures and discoveries. Dr. Cass Ingram presents 100's of health tips and insights in his many books on health, nutrition, and disease prevention. Dr. Ingram is one of North America's leading experts on the health benefits and disease fighting properties of wild medicinal spice extracts. A popular media personality, he has appeared on over 5,000 radio and TV shows. He now travels the world promoting perfect health – the natural way

  • John

    May 10, 2017 #1 Author

    Here in the Joshua Tree National Park area of southern California Mojave Desert is a plant that grows on my place called “Cat Claw” as it has cat like claws on every stem. I couldnt see any claws on your pic. Do you happen to know if they are related?
    I just found this on your site and sounds like it may be related
    Named after its hook-like horns, cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a woody vine


    • John

      May 10, 2017 #2 Author

      I found it…wiki I think :Note: “cat’s claw” is also used to refer to Uncaria tomentosa, a woody vine found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America)


      • John

        May 10, 2017 #3 Author

        Here are a variety of pics which is how they look in their usual state in my area(near Joshua Tree Park) Mojave Desert mtns


  • Kailua

    November 19, 2017 #4 Author

    Dr. Ingram
    Just found you, Can Lymes cause my joints to feel like they are going to come/fall apart. They are clicking and popping and my fingers are getting deformed, i have not had any tests yet but I was bitten in my head by a tick,
    Also My husband was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever and toxoplasmosis, this is why I’m afraid to go to Dr. I have watched him take 2 antibiotics and suffer. Do you have any words of wisdom? Also can I make appointment to see you?


    • jdurham

      January 19, 2018 #5 Author

      Hello kailua,

      Dr. Ingram does offer consultations!
      Please contact 847.785.5480 to get information on how to schedule.


    • Celia

      September 24, 2018 #6 Author

      Where can find the peruvian cat’s claw? I have read about in the book, and have bee searching on line and cannot locate it and would like to buy it


  • Art Bjork

    October 21, 2018 #8 Author

    What about warfin with oreganol oilp73?


    • Cass Ingram

      December 20, 2018 #9 Author

      Shouldn’t be a problem in modest doses, a few drops daily


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