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Generic: cat's claw
an herbal product - treats Anti-inflammatory, Immune stimulant, Knee pain from osteoarthritis, Allergies, and Cancer
               



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Evidence

DISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.

Allergies: There is insufficient evidence to recommend cat's claw for allergic respiratory diseases at this time. Early studies have been conducted in Europe assessing the effects of cat's claw in patients with allergic respiratory diseases; a 10- year follow- up revealed that some patients experienced improvements.
Grade: C

Anti- inflammatory: Cat's claw may reduce inflammation, and this has led to research of cat's claw for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Large, high quality human studies are needed comparing effects of cat's claw alone vs. placebo before a conclusion can be drawn.
Grade: C

Cancer: Preliminary evidence suggests that cat's claw may slow tumor growth. However, this research is very early and has not identified specific types of cancer that may benefit; the results are not clear. More studies are needed before a firm recommendation can be made.
Grade: C

Immune stimulant: A few early studies suggest that cat's claw may boost the immune system, including in patients with HIV. However, results from different studies have not agreed with each other. Therefore, there is not enough information to make a firm recommendation for this use.
Grade: C

Knee pain from osteoarthritis: Early research suggests that cat's claw may reduce pain from knee osteoarthritis. Further research is needed to confirm these results.
Grade: C

Tradition

WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Abscesses, acne, aging, allergies, Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antifungal, antihistamine, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiviral, appetite stimulant, arrhythmia, asthma, atopic dermatitis, birth control, bowel disease, bursitis, candidal infection, cervical dysplasia, chemical sensitivities, chemotherapy- induced leukopenia, childbirth (recovery), chronic fatigue syndrome, cirrhosis, colds, colitis, contraception, Crohn's disease, cysts, dementia, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, digestive problems, diverticulitis, dysentery, edema, endometriosis,fever, fibromyalgia, fistulas, gastritis, gastrointestinal disorders, genetic damage (enhances DNA repair), gingivitis, gonorrhea, gout, heart disease, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, hepatoprotection, herpes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, HIV, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), influenza, kidney cleanser, kidney disease, leaky gut syndrome, leukemia, leukopenia, liver disease, long- term debility, lung inflammation, lupus, menstrual irregularity, multidrug resistance of tumor cells, multiple sclerosis (MS), nerve pain, neuroprotection, pain (including bone pain), premenstrual syndrome, prostate problems, radiation burns, radiation side effects, sexually transmitted diseases, shingles, sinusitis, skin disorders, sore throats, stimulant, stomach pain, stomach ulcers, stroke, sunscreen, tonic, tumors, ulcers, urinary tract infections, urinary tract inflammation, vasorelaxant, viral infection, weakness, wound healing.
               
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