Cat's Claw / Vilcacora
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Cat's Claw / Vilcacora

Cat's Claw

Vilcacora - Natural Support for Health and Immunity

Vilcacora, also known as Cat's Claw, is a plant with a long history in natural medicine. It originates from the wild areas of South America, where it has been used for centuries by indigenous people as a medicinal plant. Vilcacora is highly valued for its potential health benefits and immune-enhancing properties. The Vilcacora plant is characterized by its climbing stems and distinctive hook-like thorns that resemble a cat's claw, hence its common name, Cat's Claw. It grows in the natural habitat of rainforests and is often utilized as an ingredient in dietary supplements. Vilcacora is known for its richness in plant compounds such as alkaloids, flavonoids, sterols, and glycosides. These natural compounds are attributed to potential antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulatory properties.
The use of Vilcacora focuses on supporting the immune system, joint health, and the body's regenerative processes. The active substances found in Vilcacora may contribute to strengthening the body's natural defense against infections, reducing inflammation, and supporting healthy inflammatory processes.

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Koci pazur / Vilcacora / Pau d'Arco / La Pacho nmes  Other known names for Pau d'Arco Bark include:

  • La Pacho
  • Taheebo
  • Lapachol
  • Tabebuia avellanedae
  • Tabebuia impetiginosa
  • Tabebuia heptaphylla
  • Tabebuia serratifolia
  • Pink trumpet tree
  • Trumpet bush
  • Cat's Claw
  • Vilcacora

Koci pazur / Vilcacora / Pau d'Arco / La Pacho benefits  1. What are the potential health benefits associated with Pau d'Arco bark ?

Pau d'Arco bark has many potential health benefits. Compounds found in Pau d'Arco bark, such as naphthoquinones, have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help combat bacterial and fungal infections. The bark also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it may help alleviate inflammatory symptoms such as pain, swelling, and redness. Additionally, research suggests that Pau d'Arco bark may support the immune system, helping the body fight diseases and infections. Other studies indicate that Pau d'Arco bark may have antioxidant properties, meaning it can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which contribute to many chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Furthermore, Pau d'Arco bark may be helpful in managing autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, as the compounds it contains may help alleviate symptoms of these conditions.

Koci pazur / Vilcacora / Pau d'Arco / La Pacho active  2. What are the active ingredients in Pau d'Arco bark and what are their actions ?

Pau d'Arco bark contains many active ingredients, including naphthoquinones, flavonoids, phenols, and phytosterols. Naphthoquinones, such as lapachol and beta-lapachone, are considered the most important due to their strong anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Additionally, flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol, which are also present in the bark, exhibit potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Lapachol is considered the most active compound in Pau d'Arco bark, as it has the ability to inhibit the growth and proliferation of cancer cells by inducing apoptosis. Moreover, lapachol shows antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help combat various infections. Beta-lapachone, on the other hand, has strong antioxidant and antiviral properties, as well as antibacterial and antifungal activity. Phenols and phytosterols present in Pau d'Arco bark also offer many health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Overall, the active ingredients in Pau d'Arco bark exhibit a wide range of health benefits, such as anticancer, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora how to use  3. How to use Pau d'Arco bark ?

If you want to prepare Pau d'Arco bark tea, take 1-2 teaspoons of dried Pau d'Arco bark and steep it in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes, then strain and drink. The tea can be consumed 2-3 times a day. If you prefer to use an extract or capsules, follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult with a healthcare professional. Typically, the dosage is 1-2 capsules or 20-30 drops of extract, 1-3 times a day. A tincture of Pau d'Arco bark can also be used. To prepare it, take 50g of Pau d'Arco bark and steep it in 1 liter of vodka or grain alcohol. Let it steep for 2-4 weeks, shaking the container occasionally. After this time, strain the tincture and store it in a tightly sealed container. It is generally recommended to consume 1-2 teaspoons of the tincture per day.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora safety use  4. Is using Pau d'Arco bark safe and what are the potential side effects ?

Pau d'Arco bark has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples of South America as a medicinal remedy, but like any herbal product, it may have some side effects. The most common side effect of using Pau d'Arco bark is diarrhea, which can be minimized by using lower doses. Other side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or digestive issues are relatively rare but still possible. Individuals with hypersensitivity to Pau d'Arco bark may experience allergic reactions. There are also certain contraindications for using Pau d'Arco bark. Individuals taking anticoagulant medications should avoid using Pau d'Arco bark, as it may interfere with the effects of these drugs. Individuals with autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis should also exercise caution, as Pau d'Arco bark may affect the immune system.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora interactions  5. Can using Pau d'Arco bark interact with other medications or supplements ?

Pau d'Arco bark may affect the metabolism of anticoagulant medications such as warfarin, increasing the risk of bleeding. Therefore, individuals taking such medications should exercise caution and consult with a doctor before using Pau d'Arco bark. Pau d'Arco bark may also affect the metabolism of certain pain medications such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. Additionally, Pau d'Arco bark may influence the metabolism of certain dietary supplements such as vitamin C and iron.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora scientific research  6. What scientific research has been conducted on the health benefits of Pau d'Arco bark ?

Scientific research on the health benefits of Pau d'Arco bark has been conducted for many years, and much of it suggests that this bark may have a positive impact on health. Here are a few examples of scientific studies on Pau d'Arco bark:

  • In vitro studies have shown that compounds present in Pau d'Arco bark have strong antioxidant properties, which may contribute to protection against heart disease and cancer.
  • Animal studies suggest that Pau d'Arco bark may have anti-inflammatory effects, which can help alleviate symptoms of autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions.
  • In vitro studies have demonstrated that compounds present in Pau d'Arco bark have potent antiviral properties, which may aid in the fight against viral diseases such as herpes and human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • Animal studies suggest that Pau d'Arco bark may have anticancer effects, which can help prevent and treat certain types of tumors.
  • Human studies suggest that Pau d'Arco bark may have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects, which can assist in combating bacterial diseases such as Crohn's disease and Leishmaniasis.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora cancer  7. Can using Pau d'Arco bark be helpful in fighting cancer ?

Some scientific studies indicate that Pau d'Arco bark may have certain anticancer properties. Laboratory studies have shown that Pau d'Arco bark contains substances that exhibit anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities. Some of these substances, such as lapachol and beta-lapachone, also demonstrate anticancer activity. According to some research, Pau d'Arco bark may impact proliferation and apoptosis processes, which can help limit the development of cancer cells.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora imact for cancer  SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH has been conducted by:

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - research on the anticancer activity of Pau d'Arco bark
  • University of British Columbia, Canada - research on the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Pau d'Arco bark
  • Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil - research on the antibacterial properties of Pau d'Arco bark
  • University of Toyama, Japan - research on the antiviral properties of Pau d'Arco bark
  • Sapienza University of Rome, Italy - research on the impact of Pau d'Arco bark on the immune system
  • University of Utah, United States - research on the potential applications of Pau d'Arco bark in cancer therapy
  • University of São Paulo, Brazil - research on the impact of Pau d'Arco bark on the cardiovascular system
  • University of Iowa, United States - research on the influence of Pau d'Arco bark on metabolism
  • University of Liverpool, United Kingdom - research on the antiviral and antibacterial properties of Pau d'Arco bark
  • University of Paris, France - research on the active components of Pau d'Arco bark and their effects on the human body.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora storage  STORAGE

Pau d'Arco, like many other herbs, requires proper storage to maintain its properties for a longer period. It is best to store the bark in a dry and cool place, away from heat sources and moisture. Storing it in tightly sealed containers is recommended to prevent air and other contaminants from entering. Avoid storing Pau d'Arco bark in bright or sunny places, as light can degrade some of its active components. It is also important not to store Pau d'Arco bark with other strongly scented herbs, as it may cause mixing of aromas and spoil the taste of the bark. If you want to store Pau d'Arco bark for an extended period, freezing it is recommended. However, ensure that the packaging is tightly sealed to prevent moisture and other contaminants from entering. Adhering to the above storage guidelines will help maintain the quality and properties of Pau d'Arco bark for a longer time, which is particularly important if you intend to use it for medicinal purposes.

Cat's Claw / Vilcacora sources  SCIENTIFIC SOURCES

  • Santos AR, et al. "Tabebuia avellanedae naphthoquinones: activity against methicillin-resistant staphylococcal strains, cytotoxic activity and in vivo dermal irritability analysis." Ann Clin Microbiol Antimicrob. 2009; 8: 24.
  • Schinella GR, et al. "Anti-inflammatory effects of South American Tanacetum vulgare." J Pharm Pharmacol. 1998; 50(9): 1069-74.
  • Rios JL, et al. "Screening of antimicrobial activity of crude drug extracts and pure natural products from Mexican medicinal plants." J Ethnopharmacol. 1988; 24(2-3): 251-8.
  • Arana S, et al. "Tabebuia impetiginosa: a review of its traditional uses, phytochemistry and pharmacology." J Pharm Pharmacol. 2012; 64(2): 169-85.
  • Cechinel-Filho V, et al. "Investigation of the anti-inflammatory activity of extract and fractions from Tabebuia avellanedae bark in rats." Phytother Res. 1997; 11(4): 264-8.
  • Takahashi M, et al. "In vitro and in vivo antitumor activity of lapachol and its derivatives." Oncology. 1993; 50(2): 103-7.
  • Pacheco AG, et al. "Gastroprotective effect of Tabebuia avellanedae extracts." J Ethnopharmacol. 1998; 61(2): 143-8.
  • Colombo MD, et al. "Antitumoral activity of fractions of Tabebuia avellanedae." Fitoterapia. 2002; 73(5): 395-401.
  • Oliveira FA, et al. "Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of a crude extract and fractions from Phyllanthus amarus." Planta Med. 2003; 69(8): 763-6.
  • Costa PM, et al. "Wound-healing activity of the skin of the common bullfrog Rana catesbeiana." J Ethnopharmacol. 2005; 96(3): 487-93.
  • Gao Z, et al. "Antibacterial and antitumor activities of some natural products and medicinal plants." Planta Med. 2008; 74(6): 647-60.
  • Do Nascimento PF, et al. "Antitumor activity of Brazilian plants." J Ethnopharmacol. 2000; 72(1-2): 223-32.
  • Coelho ML, et al. "Inhibitory effect of Tabebuia impetiginosa bark extract on herpes simplex virus type 1 replication." Phytother Res. 2002; 16(7): 647-50.
  • Kanashiro A, et al. "Inhibitory effects of Tabebuia impetiginosa inner bark extract on Carrageenan-induced edema and pain in mice." Biol Pharm Bull. 2006; 29(2): 273-7.

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