What is Cat's Claw?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Puritan's Pride Cat's Claw

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Cat's claw is a woody vine that has been used for centuries in South America. It has been used for a variety of health conditions, including viral infections, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, to support the immune system and promote kidney health, as well as to prevent and abort pregnancy.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Support immune health 10 5
Fibromyalgia 3 1
General health 2 0
Arthritis pain 1 2
Difficulty staying asleep 1 2

Show all 10 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cat's Claw

Side effect Patients
Jarisch-Herxeimer reaction 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cat's Claw

Dosage Patients
2 capsule(s) daily 1
350 mg daily 1
450 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cat's Claw

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Cat's Claw

Duration

Currently taking Cat's Claw

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Cat's Claw

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 3
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2 patient evaluations for Cat's Claw

Jul 11, 2011 (Started May 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 2, 2009 (Started May 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support immune health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 22, 2009 (Started May 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 22, 2011 (Started Mar 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Improve mobility)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 tps. Daily
Advice & Tips: This herb is available from your local heath foods store, I make it into a tea by boiling it on the stove. It is very bitter, so add a sweetener. Before you start this herb, do your research learn about it and its dosing. Always tell your doctors that you are on this or thinking about starting it especially if you are on any prescription/OTC medications. I find this very effective for RA and Fibromyalgia & it does increase mobility. It also reduces swelling and pain, my husband also noticed a definite decrease in RA symptoms, although its no cure...of course...at least not what i know yet. LOL using along with a biological modifier like Enbrel, Simponi etc, does seem to improve the effectiveness of the medicine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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