Cat’s Claw for Psoriatic Arthritis
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 6, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Our wonderful fan, Lisa, had a question about Psoriatic Arthritis. The #1 herb that I recommend for Psoriatic Arthritis is Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)*.
Cat’s Claw helps to decrease TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor), an inflammatory metabolite produced by our T cells, a type of white blood cell. TNF gets produced in excess amounts in certain autoimmune disorders like Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis.
For the associated joint inflammation, I also recommend fish oil, especially EPA, and herbs such as Turmeric and Boswellia. Bromelain from pineapple stem is another excellent anti-inflammatory. It’s in our Joint Relief product, alongside Boswellia.
*It’s important to discuss any herbs or supplements, including Cat’s Claw, with your doctor before using, as they may need to monitor and adjust your medications accordingly, especially immunosuppressive agents.
Here are the top products I recommend for Psoriatic Arthritis and which you may wish to consider discussing with your doctor:
Cat’s Claw: http://bit.ly/haTzya
Joint Relief: http://bit.ly/h13Yre
High-potency EPA (Fish Oil)
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan