Healing Reaction with TOA-Free Cat’s Claw
By William Lee Cowden, MD
TOA-Free Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa 100% free of tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids) has immune-enhancing properties as well as direct anti-microbial properties. In a person who is overloaded with microbes such as a person with Lyme disease, taking a large dose of TOA-Free Cat’s Claw or certain other anti-microbials can cause a microbial die-off reaction or “healing crisis”. Such a person might develop nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, abdominal discomfort, joint pains, weakness or other “toxic” symptoms. These symptoms presumably occur because of a sudden increase of mycotoxins, endotoxins and various other microbial toxins released into the body from the rapidly-dying microbes. These toxins overload the ground matrix, which is the fluid-filled space between tissue cells from which those cells derive their oxygen and nutrients and into which the tissue cells dump their own metabolic waste products. Because of this overload of toxins in the ground matrix and the reduced ability of the tissue cells to get proper nourishment and waste removal, the tissue cells become “sick”. Aerobic metabolism of the tissue cells decreases, anaerobic metabolism increases and lactic acidosis increases. The lymphatic channels between cells also become overloaded; then fluid builds up around and in the tissue cells which further jeopardizes the function of the affected human cells.
The effective dosage of TOA-Free Cat’s Claw varies markedly from patient to patient. One patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis experienced a progressive increase in strength when her family worked her dose up to 3 drops of the herbal extract 3 times daily in a cup of water, but 4 drops 3 times daily caused intolerable die-off healing crisis. Another patient in a coma with glioblastoma multiforme in the brain and expected to die by all his doctors awoke from the coma 24 hours after the TOA-Free Cat’s Claw herbal extract was started at 20 drops in a cup of water four times daily down his naso-gastric tube. He had no healing crisis symptoms initially noted. However, when he went back to work 4 days later, he had liver enzyme elevation by blood tests. The enzyme elevation resolved by adding some herbal liver support and his brain tumor continued to shrink on subsequent brain scans. Some patients with Lyme disease appear to require a gradual build-up of dose of the TOA-Free Cat’s Claw to 15 or 20 drops 2 to 3 times daily but many improve nicely on 5 drops 3 times daily. When in doubt, start low on the dosage and build up slowly.