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Cat’s Claw

What it’s good for
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is used to support the immune system, treat gastric ulcers, promote kidney health, and to ease the aches and pains of osteoarthiritis. This Amazonian herb also has anti-viral properties and is used to treat diarrhea and recurrent genital herpes associated with AIDS. But AIDS-related treatment using cat’s claw has not been clinically proven for its efficacy.

Where to find it
In any major health food store.

How to take it
Recommended dosage: 250 to 1,000mg daily

Safety
Cat’s claw may stimulate the immune system and it is not proven whether the herb is safe for those with conditions affecting the immune system. Pregnant women or women who are trying to conceive should avoid taking cat’s claw because of its traditional use for preventing and aborting pregnancy.