Breast cancer healing potential found in cat’s claw, says Brazilian study

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cats-claw(NaturalHealth365) Great news for breast cancer patients: The rainforests of the world are said to contain over 5 million healing substances, with more being discovered every year. One such plant that has been known for its effect on cancer for almost 100 years is Una de Gato, or cat’s claw.

While the evidence has been mounting for years as to how this strange-looking plant can help heal cancer on several fronts, new research published this year by Brazilian scientists dives deeper into what makes cat’s claw work specifically against breast cancer cells.

Cat’s claw was first shown to have cancer-healing effect in the 1920’s

The story of Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianensis, the two versions of cat’s claw that contain healing properties, reads like a true-to-life adventure tale. As the story goes, German naturalist and scientist Dr. Arturo Brell was living and working in the Peruvian rainforest. He had been using cat’s claw for his rheumatoid arthritis and gave it to another colonist, Luis Schular, who had been diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

Schular began drinking a tea made from the herb three times daily. One year later, his cancer was gone.

Since then, numerous studies have been conducted that show Una de Gato’s healing effect on many conditions that can lead to cancer. The biggest link (as Dr. Brell knew back in the 1920’s and native peoples have known for centuries) is its role as an anti-inflammatory.

Cat’s claw effects inflammatory responses in cancer cells

Inflammation is actually initiated by the body as a mechanism for healing. When this response becomes chronic, however, it may be a factor for cancer proliferation at the DNA level. For example, many breast cancer cell lines show evidence of specific genetic signatures for inflammation.

Epidemiological studies find that nearly 15 percent of all cancer cases worldwide are associated with some kind of chronic infection. Kaposi’s sarcoma, a cancer that leads to lesions in soft tissue, is directly connected to the herpes virus and gastric cancer has been linked to chronic inflammation caused by Helicobacter pylori in the gut. Even when a specific infectious condition is not present, scientists since the mid-1800’s have speculated about the role inflammation plays in cancer.

Cat’s claw, especially Uncaria guianensis, effects cancer cells in a powerful way by “turning off” the production of a substance called tumor necrosis factor-alpha, a messenger molecular for inflammation. According to researchers at Louisiana State University Medical Center, it also inhibits nuclear factor-kappa beta, an “inflammatory switch” for cancer and other diseases.

For years researchers have known about cat’s claw’s other caner healing effects as well, such as its ability to boost T-cell counts in the immune system after chemotherapy. This, in turn, can lead to the repair of healthy cells damaged by radiation.

Scientists have also known about cat’s claw’s ability to induce cancer cell death (or apoptosis) directly, although the exact mechanisms through which it can do this have remained a mystery – until this year.

Brazilian researchers now know how cat’s claw can affect apoptosis in breast cancer cells

In an exciting new discovery published in the August 30, 2016 edition of The Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers at the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil isolated how Uncaria tomentosa in particular effects the formation of certain nucleotides that are the basis for cancer cell DNA. Specifically, an extract of Uncaria tomentosa had a significant effect on adenine, a “nucleobase” which was used in the formation of breast cancer cell nucleotides.

The new findings piggyback on an earlier study conducted by Australian researchers in 2006 which linked the presence of certain alkaloids in cat’s claws to the inhibition of leukemia cell growth. At the time, the specific mechanisms through which the alkaloids did this was not completely understood (although its effect on immune system cytokines was and still is a possibility).

So what does all this mean for you and your journey towards a healthy, cancer free body? To be sure, the research will continue. The dozens of known healing substances, such as alkaloids, glycosides, tannins and flavonoids, inside Una de Gato’s claw-like petals, however, makes it a strong phytonutrient that you should consider adding to your cancer prevention and healing toolbox.

About the author: Dr. Veronique Desaulniers (“Dr. V”) is a best-selling author and specialist in Chiropractic, Bio-Energetics, Meridian Stress Analysis, Homeopathy and Digital Thermography. After 30 years in active practice, she decided to “retire” and devote her time to sharing her personal, non-toxic Breast Cancer healing journey with others. Her years of experience and research have culminated in “The 7 Essentials™ “, a step-by-step coaching program that unravels the mystery of healing the body. Her website and personal healing journey have touched the lives of thousands of women around the globe. To get your F.R.E.E. 7-day mini e-course and to receive her weekly inspiring articles on the power of natural medicine – visit:



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  • Belinda H

    This is a good option as are many other natural remedies. With all the help from nature I would thing it would be natural to go there first. However, everything we are told to do isn’t natural. In fact it is radical.

  • Rose Nelson

    The rain forest has so many treasures. This is just one of many. Please keep sharing this information. My hope is you wake up the American public to the wonders of plants.

  • Megan Synder

    If more women adopted a plant based diet and added this they would not get mutilated and poisoned by the medical profession.

  • Ruby Taylor

    Thyroid problems and high sugar levels can make the risk to women higher. Radiation can inhibit thyroid hormone and that isn’t what you need. This can be why some women don’t do as well as others. Yet, no medical doctor checks for this.

  • Malcome Leventhal

    There are all kinds of real alternatives. Holistic treatments can also be combined with a few of the medical protocols. You need to have a healthy liver to prevent and reverse any condition. The side effects of standard treatments harm the liver by the amount of toxins it delievers. Many diseases including this one is a result of too many toxins.

    That is why this natural treatment along with a extremely good diet is so important if you want long term results. You can’t add insult to injury and expect a good outcome.

  • Nancy

    Too many women have found out that most standard treatments don’t cure this. They relapse for one simple reason they didn’t become healthier during treatment. In fact they became more unhealthy. This is why this article is so important. I have seen this happen too many times to have faith in the standard protocol.

  • Abby Rolland

    I like this article. The one piece of advice-to add this to your tool box to prevent and reverse this condition earns my respect. It doesn’t tell you to use only one remedy. That is the problem with the medical profession they imply it is our way or the highway. This is why it is such a failure. To just use surgery, chemo and radiation without looking for the many holistic ways to support immune function and well being has become the poster child for disaster.