Written by Lee Stevenson, sorry I am a lousy editor.
This is not medical advice I am writing this for educational purposes. If you are ill please seek the aid of a qualified and experienced functional medicine practitioner.
Cat’s claw (unicaria tormentosa)
I rarely recommend this because there are some supplement companies that sell other plant products they have the name Cat’s claw but they are from a different species of plant. If you decide to use Cat’s claw make certain it is unicaria tormentosa. Samento is the name used by herbalist for Cat’s claw. If you get one of the other Cat’s claw herbs they stimulate the immune system. Unicaria balances the immune system. Endotoxins and gut inflammation causes high TNF-a which causes systemic inflammation. Cat’s claw blocks the production of TNF-a. This is most likely why it has been shown to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. It has very potent antioxidant properties. It has antimicrobial properties against fungus, bacteria and even viruses. It inhibits Sars-Covid infection. Anything that inhibits Sar-Covid will usually inhibit herpes infection also. Cat’s claw is very good at repairing DNA damage. Those who have tick born illness and herpes viruses suffer from severe DNA damage. Cat’s claw increase white blood cell count. Cat’s claw prevents herpes viruses from attaching to and entering cells. Cat’s claw improves the health of red blood cells protecting them from premature death. Cat’s claw has been shown to be effective at reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
If taken in excess it can cause low blood pressure, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache. Balance is key to healing.