(Uncaria tomentosa) grows in South America and is known for its immune enhancing abilities and anti-inflammatory properties. Cat's Claw is often used to treat a number of immune system related disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, herpes, and cancer. Cat's Claw will is also called una de gato and will be commonly found as a tincture or pill. For quality, look for supplements that are standardized to 15 percent polyphenols. Usually standardized Cat's Claw is used in dosages of 500 to 1,000 milligrams per day.
Patients with serious health issues like diabetes or cancer have reported many positive results from adaptogenic herbs. Doctors advise that regardless of herbal benefits, a patient should continue to check in with general practitioners for regular check-ups and any adaptogen lacking full medical evaluation should be discussed with doctors in case of dangerous interactions. For instance, the National Institutes of Health reported in 2000 that St. John's Wort, a different kind of supplement, greatly reduces the effect of medication given to HIV patients.