Cat’s claw is starting to become a new focus in the wellness industry, even though, like kratom, CBD and other products that we discuss a lot here at Red Devil Kratom, it’s been around for centuries. The push for natural alternatives to modern medicine has brought a lot of ancient remedies to the forefront. As you know, some are more effective. Not to mention safer, than others. We understand that it can be hard to know which herbs and botanicals are actually worth your money because they’re capable of helping you reach your wellness goals, and which are simply a waste of time.
What is Cat’s Claw?
Cat’s claw is the Uncaria tomentosa plant, which is a vine that grows in South and Central America due to its unique climate-related needs. The term “cat’s claw” comes from the fact that its thorns resemble cat’s claws, having a hooked shape. It’s not the thorns that are used. Instead, it’s the root and bark of the plant, which is where the desirable chemical compounds come from.
Cat’s claw has been used medicinally in the cultures native to these regions for at least centuries, for various health-related purposes. Its alkaloids have unique and useful properties that interact with the body in desirable ways. Throughout Central and South America, it’s still widely used as a treatment.
What Can it Do?
In its regions of origin, cat’s claw has been used mainly for the immune system, as it’s commonly taken when a person is sick. It’s also taken around the year to maintain immunity. Peer-reviewed studies have shown that the immune-boosting properties come from specific compounds unique to the plant. Further, the study cited says that cat’s claw has not been linked to liver damage, as many herbs have been when taken in high doses.
The plant is also commonly used for pain, as it seems to have potent anti-inflammatory activity. Pain is a common inflammatory response that results from cytokines storming an area of the body that is perceived as threatened. But, these same anti-inflammatory properties explain why more and more people are taking cat’s claw for autoimmune disorders. We know that many people take cat’s claw for rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation caused by Lyme disease due to these seemingly potent effects.
And, that’s not all. <a href=https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-38645-0>More and more studies</a> are finding that cat’s claw may play a useful role in the management of dementia and other disorders relating to cognitive and neurological health. It seems that this plant reduces brain plaque and tangles, which are proteins that affect the brain as it ages, accelerating the process of cognitive decline that happens as we get older. Cat’s claw is an NMDA antagonist, meaning that it inhibits NMDA receptors, which is the basis of dementia treatment throughout the pharmaceutical industry. And, more and more researchers are looking into its potential mood-regulating properties as well.
It’s important to note that people who take cat’s claw do not report a psychoactive experience, although there are conflicting reports as to whether or not it is technically a psychoactive substance.
What Makes Cat’s Claw Different from CBD and Kratom?
It may be tempting to lump cat’s claw into the same categories as CBD and kratom, but this would be a mistake. Each plant has unique properties, chemical compounds and structures that determine what it does when consumed by us. This means that each plant should be treated as an individual series of potential properties and effects, rather than being constantly compared to other substances that are plant-derived that are popular on the wellness market.
Is it Safe?
As of now, there is no reason to believe that cat’s claw is unsafe. It’s been used successfully for at least hundreds of years, and many people take it as a daily supplement here in the United States. Research on it is limited in the clinical sense, but as it grows in popularity, we anticipate learning more about it from the medical community as studies will inevitably be underway.
What we can say is that the studies that do exist on cat’s claw do not show any risk of fatal overdose or toxicity, nor organ damage. Earlier we referenced a study showing that high levels of intake do not seem to correlate with liver damage, which is a positive as many anti-inflammatories are very hard on the liver.
How is Cat’s Claw Taken?
Cat’s claw is a potent-tasting herb that’s usually taken as a tea, a capsule or a tincture. Loose powder is becoming the most popular cat’s claw product, as it’s very versatile, allowing it to be mixed with anything. This also makes it easy to choose a delivery method that’s most suitable for the individual.
Taking to Your Doctor
At Red Devil Kratom, we feel that it’s important to speak with your doctor before starting any new wellness routine, whether it involve kratom, CBD, cat’s claw or any other kind of new substance. Tell your doctor that you wish to take cat’s claw, and make sure that they know everything else that you take daily, so that you can avoid the potential of an interaction between two substances.
Your doctor will likely advise you to start with a lower-than-standard dose to see how your body responds to it. We advise this as well, because everyone’s body is unique, and processes different plant materials slightly differently.
The Cat’s Claw Extract 1oz at Red Devil Kratom
At Red Devil Kratom, we’ve developed a unique cat’s claw product that can give you the full experience of what his plant can offer. Our Cat’s Claw Extract 1oz is a powdered extract formulated to be twenty times the normal level of potency. This means that you’ll experience stronger effects when you take it, which can be great if you’re trying to target something specific. We also have our cat’s claw lab-tested by a third party to ensure that it’s clean, legitimate and full of the chemical compounds that make this particular plant so unique.
Cat’s Claw is a phenomenally useful plant-based product that’s finally getting the attention that it deserves here in the United States.