Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham & Dr. Ward Bond Discuss Cat's Claw
The herb Cat’s Claw is a large woody vine found in the Amazon rain forest and other tropical regions of South and Central America.
For hundreds of years the native tribes used cat’s claw bark and root for asthma, arthritis, urinary tract infections, kidney problems, inflammation and cancer. The herb was used for fever, intestinal ailments, STDs and as a form of birth control.
In today’s modern world of herbalism, cat’s claw is used as a powerful immune system stimulator. It’s now being used for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, mononucleosis and shingles due to its very potent anti-inflammatory properties. So many today are using cat’s claw for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as well as gastritis, ulcers and neuralgia. Cat’s claw is very effective to those who use NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) for pain relief as the herb may protect against gastrointestinal damage associated with this class of drugs.
Cat’s claw also seems to possess tumor-fighting properties and have been a popular complement to cancer treatments. It was a go-to herb for those with HIV back in the 1990s and other conditions linked to a weakened immune system.
For more about cat’s claw, watch the above interview with Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham who travels to the Amazon on a regular basis searching out new remedies before we lose our rain forests.