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.
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 symptoms. Read 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.