Just read a wonderful report in the British Naturopathic Journal which showed the efficacy of using the herb, Cat’s Claw with people who suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis. In this study, one doctor found that this herb is 98% effective for relieving swollen joints, tenderness, pain, and inflammation.
These patients showed ‘significant clinical improvement’ after treatment. The study used standard measurements: Ritchie index and Visual Analog Scale (VAS). At the end of the treatment period, “the Cat’s Claw-treated patients’ scores had been cut in half in several significant areas. Their Ritchie index scores declined from 5.5 to 2.9. (In comparison, the placebo group went from 4.8 to 4.2) During phase two, the initial group saw its Ritchie index fall to 2.4. During the entire study period, there were no adverse effects attributed to Cat’s Claw treatment.’
We are fortunate to have this particular species of Cat’s Claw available at our clinic, or, if more convenient, you can order from our website. Just click on the products tab, then select Good Herbs. One there, look for Cat’s Claw.
Until next time,
Mur E, Hartig F et al “Randomized Double Blind Trial of an Extract from the Pentaclyclic Alkaloid-Chemotype of Uncaria Tomentosa” J Rheumatol 2002:29(4) 678-681