Before scientists and doctors created antibiotics, anti-fungals and other man made medicines, we used what nature provided. There are an untold number of plants and organisms that have medical properties, helping with common colds, cancer, intestinal disorders, infections and a lot more. There are probably even still plants in unexplored regions that have more to offer when we find them. When treating a yeast infection many people opt to use herbal and alternative treatments to conventional medicine for a variety of reasons. Cat’s Claw for yeast infection treatment is one such option.
Cat’s Claw is a woody vine that has been used for hundreds if not thousands of years for its medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties. The Peruvians have used it for rheumatism and arthritic complaints as well as other conditions. The components in the plant that have this affect are called sterols and scientists have confirmed their effect. It is more recently that the western world became aware of the its healing properties and have begun to use it including using Cat’s Claw for yeast infection treatment. It is now one of the best selling herbs.
Other health benefits of Cat’s Claw
Other ways Cat’s Claw is used or is being investigated for potential health benefits include;
- hormonal imbalance
- viral infections
- reduce inflammation
- stomach and bowel disorders
- Crohn’s disease
- candida overgrowth
- athlete’s foot
- back pain
- ear infections
- sinus infections
How does Cat’s Claw for yeast infection treatment work?
The oxindole alkaloids in the roots and bark of the plant help stimulate the immune system, aiding the body in fighting infection. There are seven different alkaloids including Isopteropodin which as well as improving the immune system’s response acts as an anti-oxidant. By stimulating the white blood cells it helps to fight fungal infections such as Candida. Cat’s Claw for yeast infection treatment also helps support the gastrointestinal tract with its cleansing properties and is even more effective when combined with other herbs such as Echinacea.
Taking Cat’s Claw for yeast infection treatment
It comes in various forms including capsules, a liquid extract, dried bark and a tea. It is also used combined in some treatments along with other anti-fungal herbs for various treatments. When taking as a capsule normal dosage is 1 to 2 capsules a day three times a day. It can be taken for systemic, chronic, recurring, vaginal, skin, oral, male and other forms of yeast infection.