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TOA-Free Cat's Claw - Prima Una de Gato brand (inner bark POA) TOA-Free Cat's Claw - Samento brand (inner bark POA)
TOA-Free Saventaro (root POA) REGULAR Cat's Claw (inner bark)
Cat's Claw is often recommended in Lyme and Tick Co-Infection protocols as an antibacterial,  antiviral, and immunomodulator for multi-systemic support, including: 
  • Cognitive/Brain:  The therapeutic properties are said to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier to assist with cognitive/brain symptoms.   
  • Joints and Tendons:  Helps improve joint symptoms.
  • Liver:  Protects against liver toxicity.
  • GI system: Cat's Claw has been used traditionally  for intestinal detox and bowel regularity.
  • Prostate health
We carry several brands and types of Cat's Claw (Una de Gato) - Uncaria tomentosa.  We offer TOA-Free (also called POA) and traditional, or 'Regular' Cat's Claw, in both root and vine preparations. 
 
Inner Bark vs. Root Preparations:
Most formulations are prepared from the inner bark of the Cat's Claw vine. 
Some formulations are prepared from the root of the plant (Saventaro).  Root preparations that we carry contain POA's in more concentrated levels than inner bark preparations.
 
TOA-Free (POA) Cat's Claw:
*Oxindole alkaloids: Tetracyclic oxindole vs. Pentacyclic oxindoles
Cat's Claw contains many chemicals, including the above alkaloids.  Some select studies have focused on these oxindole alkaloids and their successful therapeutic effects.  They show that Tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOAs) significantly inhibit or even cancel out the advantages of the Pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs).  It has also been reported that traditional Cat’s Claw plants can contain up to 80% TOAs, and even 1% TOAs can inhibit the POAs by 30%.  Based on these select studies, "TOA-Free" Cat's Claw, also called "POA" Cat's Claw emerged as a new product. 
 
Samento Brand or Prima Una De Gato Brand - Is there a therapeutic difference?  Some practitioners suggest that Prima Una De Gato brand TOA-Free Cat's Claw is more therapeutic.
 
Traditional, 'Regular' Cat's Claw: 
Our selection of regular Cat's Claw products are made from the inner bark, containing both TOAs and POAs.  Since it is a traditional medicine, these high quality preparations may also be of great benefit in enhancing immunity.  In fact, there is a controversy as to whether the branded TOA-Free products are in fact therapeutically 'better' than traditional preparations. 
 
*IMPORTANT:  Some protocols on the internet suggest using TOA-Free Cat's Claw as your primary, sole antimicrobial.  TOA-Free's action in lower doses impacts the immune system .  If you are soley taking a low dose of TOA-Free Cat's Claw, like Samento or Prima Una De Gato, you will need to add Antimicrobials to handle the large amount of pathogens in earlier protocol phases.  Samento or Saventaro, in our opinion, may not be weighty enough alone to handle the high count, multiple pathogen load. 
 
Here is our suggestion: 
New to protocols: 
1.  Start your protocols with TOA-Free Cat's Claw - finish 2-3 bottles - before you switch to Regular Cat's Claw or capsules.  Do not use TOA-Free and Regular on the same day.   We suggest you start with the liquid form before you switch to capsules.  There is very low alcohol in liquid Samento - it has a mild, well tolerated mineral taste. 
2.  Combine the TOA-Free Cat's Claw with other Antimicrobials - we suggest you start with the BioClear Cleansing Kit in liquid form, used 5-10 minutes after you dose with TOA-Free Cat's Claw. 
(Why take another Antimicrobial?  If you have a high pathogen load, Samento alone may not be enough to address them all, and you will add weeks to your protocol.) 
3.  To be safe, gradually work up the dose of TOA-Free Cat's Claw - One drop at a time.  After one to three weeks (after your dose and frequency is well tolerated), you may then go ahead and add BioClear products
 
Remember to adjust product doses and frequency of taking them, depending on Herxheimer symptomsRead more about Herx here...  If you are very ill, for instance, adding too many products at once will set you back. 
 
It's a good idea, if you have had success with TOA-Free Cat's Claw, to use it in maintenance protocols down the road, juggling it with regular Cat's Claw.  By then, you will not need BioClear Cleansing Kit. 
 
Therapeutic Actions of Cat's Claw:  Dr. Duke's Ethnobotanical Database results for Una De Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)...
 
Natural Chemicals found in Cat's Claw:  Dr. Duke's Ethnobotanical Database results for Una De Gato (Uncaria tomentosa)...
 
July, 2010: In Vitro Effectiveness of Samento and Banderol Herbal Extracts on the Different Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi, by Akshita Datar, Navroop Kaur, Seema Patel, David F. Luecke, and Eva Sapi, PhD, Lyme Disease Research Group, University of New Haven

 
6-Month Study Study entitled: "Samento to be effective in treating Lyme  Borreliosis: an infection linked to over 300 conditions."
 
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Cat's Claw 1 fl. oz (REGULAR / Bark) Saventaro (POA Cat's Claw / Root) 30 caps Samento Microbial Defense - Liquid (TOA-Free Cat's Claw / Bark) 1 fl. oz
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Applications:  Lyme Disease - Antibacterial, Fungicide, Antiviral, Phagocytotic, Antiarthritic, Antidermatitic, Antiseptic, Cardioprotective, Immune Modulator, Neuroprotective, Anti-inflammatory. Applications:  Immune Support, Lyme Disease
Applications: Immune support, Lyme Disease, Antibacterial, Fungicide, Antiviral, Phagocytotic, Antiarthritic, Antidermatitic, Antiseptic, Cardioprotective, Immune Modulator, Neuroprotective, Anti-inflammatory. Said to cross the blood-brain barrier for cognitive support. To further help in cognitive repair, purchase the liquid form and hold some drops under the tongue a few times per day.
(NON-Returnable, heat sensitive, particularly in summer months. See SCOOL product (small cooler) for the option to ship in a cooler.)

NOTE: People report that the product "Prima Una De Gato" by ARG is "stronger" or "more therapeutic", meaning it may be more therapeutically active than SAMENTO brand.

Some of the beneficial properties of Samento are attributed to the pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs) that are found in the plant that act on the cellular immune system and demonstrate powerful immune system modulating properties. Samento does not contain the tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOAs) that are found in traditional Cat’s Claw. TOAs disrupt central nervous system function and greatly inhibit the effects of the POAs. Some researchers believe that Samento may be as much as 1,000 times more effective than Cat’s Claw.

One difference between Samento and Cat’s Claw is that Cat’s Claw is an immune system stimulant and Samento is an immune system modulator. Also, Samento can be used to treat all autoimmune disorders. In May 2005, pharmacological studies were conducted in laboratory rodents at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The anti-inflammatory effect study showed that Nutramedix Samento extract inhibits inflammation by 83.8%.

There are no known contraindications, no known side effects and no known interactions with other drugs when using Samento. In May 2005, toxicology studies were conducted on Nutramedix Samento at the University of Guayaquil, Ecuador. No toxic effects were reported even when laboratory rodents received 120,000 times the equivalent human dose.
Some other medicinal properties that have been reported:
ANTIBACTERIAL / ANTICANCEROUS / ANTIDEPRESSANT / ANTIFUNGAL / ANTI-HYPERTENSIVE / ANTILEUKEMIC / ANTIMUTAGENIC / ANTI-OXIDANT / ANTIPARASITIC ANTIPARKINSONISM / ANTI-ULCEROUS / ANTIVIRAL / CYTOSTATIC / DEPURATIVE / DIURETIC / VERMIFUGE
Samento capsules (TOA-Free Cat's Claw / Bark) 600 mg / 30 caps Saventaro (POA Cat's Claw / Root) 90 caps Cell Forté MAX3 (w/POA Cat's Claw / Root and IP-6) 120 caps
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Applications: Immune Support, Lyme Disease, Viral infections, Mycobacteria, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Immune modulation. To further help in cognitive repair, purchase the liquid form and hold some drops under the tongue. Applications:  Immune Support, Lyme Disease

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Cats Claw (Regular Inner bark dry extract / Rainforest Harvested) 565 mg / 60 caps Saventaro (POA Cat's Claw / Root ) 90 vcaps Prima Uña de Gato (TOA Free Cat’s Claw) Liquid 1 oz
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Immune support, Lyme Disease, Antibacterial, Fungicide, Antiviral, Phagocytotic, Antiarthritic, Antidermatitic, Antiseptic, Cardioprotective, Immune Modulator, Neuroprotective, Anti-inflammatory. Said to cross the blood-brain barrier for cognitive support. To further help in cognitive repair, purchase the liquid form and hold some drops under the tongue a few times per day.
(NON-Returnable, heat sensitive, particularly in summer months.
See SCOOL product (small cooler) for the option to ship in a cooler.)
Prima Uña de Gato (TOA Free Cat’s Claw) 90 VCaps
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Applications: Lyme Disease, Antibacterial, Fungicide, Antiviral, Phagocytotic, Antiarthritic, Antidermatitic, Antiseptic, Cardioprotective, Immune Modulator, Neuroprotective, Anti-inflammatory. Said to cross the blood-brain barrier for cognitive support.