|About the Ingredients
Cat's claw , also known as the "Healing Vine of Peru" and " Uña de Gato," has become very popular because of the many therapeutic benefits is offers for relieving arthritis, allergies, menstrual irregularities, ulcers, and a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.
While cat's claw is not the most well know medicinal herb, it is considered a valuable medicinal resource and is a highly protected plant in Peru, where it grows naturally. Presently, very little scientific research has been dedicated to testing the merits of cat's claw, but many cultures native to the South American rain forest areas have used this herb for hundreds of years.
Many treatments and herbal supplements combine cat's claw with different plants and natural products to increase the absorption and bioavailability whereby increasing its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects.
Boswellia,also known as boswellin or "Indian frankincense," comes from the tree Boswellia serrata that grows in the dry hills of India. For centuries, traditional Indian healers have taken advantage of the anti-inflammatory properties of the tree bark's gummy resin, called salai guggal. Modern preparations made from a purified extract of this resin and packaged in pill or cream form are used to reduce inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Unlike conventional NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen—the accepted treatments for joint inflammation—boswellia doesn't seem to cause stomach irritation. It also may be effective for back pain and certain chronic intestinal disorders.
Health Benefits of Boswellia: Research has identified specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients in this herb, which are commonly referred to as boswellic acids. In animal studies, these acids have been shown to reduce inflammation significantly in several ways. Boswellic acids deter inflammatory white cells from infiltrating damaged tissue. They improve blood flow to the joints. They also block chemical reactions that set the stage for inflammation to occur in chronic intestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Boswellia may help to ease symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Boswellia can be taken internally as well as applied topically to affected joints to relieve inflammation associated with these joint disorders. This may lessen morning stiffness and increase joint mobility. In a study of 175 patients with rheumatic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, 122 participants experienced reduced stiffness and inflammation two to four weeks after starting on a boswellia regimen. Boswellia's anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce aching and stiffness, especially when associated with low back pain.
ILEX is an herbal extract from a South American holly shrub used by Paraguay Indians to enhance the effects of their medicines. ILEX is used around the world in various health & wellness formulations. Ilex has a distinct pain relieving effect.