Within your body there is an amazing protection mechanism--a system that protects you from all kinds bacteria, viruses, and toxins. It's your immune system.
Cat's Claw is a tropical woody vine that grows in the rain forests and jungles of Peru and has been referred to as "Miracle Herb of the Rain Forest ". The vine derives its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which look like a cat's claw.
Cat's claw has been used, in combination with the drug AZT, for individuals who are HIV positive. Research continues to explore the usefulness of cat's claw for viral infections such as HIV and herpes.
The immune enhancement usually results from the body's increasing its production of interferon to fight a viral infection, making antibodies to immobilize a hostile antigen, or producing a greater number of lymphocytes and other white blood cells that police the highways of the body and fight invading microorganisms.
Cat's claw has become very popular in North America over the past decade. It's known for its ability to stimulate the immune system and for its anti-inflammatory properties.
But what are cat's claw benefits? Helps the body fight off infections by helping the body's immune system, helps Protect the body against degenerative diseases and aging. Seen to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks by reducing the heart rate lowering blood pressure, improving circulation as well as controlling cholesterol
A tea can be made by boiling the root bark of cat's claw in water for five to 10 minutes and then straining the water. Tablets and capsules containing cat's claw are available in many strengths, ranging from 250 milligrams up to one gram. A typical dose would be 300-milligram capsules taken three times a day. Extracts of cat's claw are often standardized to 4 percent alkaloid content for effective results.
Cat's claw appears to possess immune-enhancing properties without any unwanted side effects. Further research is needed to verify other potentially therapeutic properties of this herb from South America.