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BOTANICAL MEDICINE DATABASE
Cat's claw is useful in a variety of cardiovascular diseases and as an immune tonic which has made it useful in treating AIDS. (13) It has been used to increase T-cells in AIDS patients. Primary traditional uses in Peru are as an anti-inflammatory, contraceptive and anti-cancer remedy. An immune stimulant especially used in viral infections, including HIV. Useful in a variety of inflammatory diseases including gastric ulcers, diarrhea and GI tumors, gonorrhea, arthritis and rheumatism, acne, diabetes, diseases of the urinary tract and cancer.
Adaptogen, Alterative, Antiinflammatory, Antimicrobial, Antiviral, Anticancer, Vulnerary, Antibiotic, Anticancer, Cardiac Tonic, Diuretic, Immunostimulatory
Aside from mild nausea, it appears to have few side effects. Patients undergoing grafts and organ transplants, hemophiliacs and use caution in SLE (lupus).
Capsules: 350-500 mg QD-BID
Decoction: 20-30 g boiled in 1 quart water for 3 hours until volume is reduced by 1/3, TID.
Tincture: (1:5, 60%) 1- 2 ml BID