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HEALING HERBS: Incredible benefits of cat’s claw

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Incredible benefits of cat’s claw

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Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to look at the queen. Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under the chair. – by Mother Goose 

I WAS TAUGHT the above nursery rhyme when I was six years old at primary school. Can you explain why? 

Occasionally, I wonder what kind of subliminal message this rhyme has encoded into my psyche. Is it still in circulation at the primary school level? What is going on with the pussycat, the queen and the mouse? Why was the cat in the palace looking at the queen? This nursery rhyme is very baffling and I understand how the system of confusion attempted to cloud my mind at six years. 

In retrospect, it would have been wiser to instruct my class to memorise and repeat the historical story about the ‘Great Sphinx of Giza’.  This sphinx is one of the oldest, largest statutes in the world craved with a human head and the body of a lion. This lion must have huge claws. Moreover, the Sphinx has an impressive history, and is linked to 2 500 BC and the famous Pharaoh Khafra. Google to read more about this sphinx and silent doctor uncaria tomentos

Cat’s claw, a woody vine, scientifically known as uncaria tomentos, is considered a jewel of the Amazon rainforest. Its thorns resemble a cat’s claw. The webpage reveals: “Since the 1970s, studies and research have been carried out by scientists in Peru, Germany, Austria, England and other countries to find out more about the powerful healing properties of cat’s claw.”  

Cat’s claw can be used to prevent cancer. Further, research shows that “compounds found in cat’s claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms that cause disease, and they work to inhibit healthy cells from becoming cancerous”. 

It can also treat AIDS, herpes, candida, menstrual irregularities, leaky bowel syndrome, gastric, chronic pain, shingles, asthma, diabetes, colitis, Crohn’s disease, gout, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diverticulitis and haemorrhoids.  

It is also used by some patients as a form of natural birth control. 

Moreover, Dr Brent Davis has written several articles on cat’s claw. He refers to it as the “opener of the way” for its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract.  

There are more incredible benefits of cat’s claw – it can reduce cholesterol, decrease depression and lower blood pressure.

For November you are being educated about the health benefits of silent doctors including cat’s whiskers, red cat tail and cat’s claw. What’s next? 


Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER:It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.