Core Cats Claw by Energetix
Core Cat’s Claw is a botanical extract of the rainforest herb, Uncaria tomentosa. It was designed to help maintain normal immune response, prostaglandin response, and microbial balance.
Core Cat’s Claw is a spagyrically prepared botanical extract of cat’s claw vine bark that may support:
• Healthy immune function
• Normal inflammation response
• Gastrointestinal & genitourinary health
• Antioxidant protection
• Beneficial intestinal flora
Biological Response: Molecular Signaling & Immune Health
Housed primarily within the gastrointestinal wall, the immune system protects the body from harmful substances by engaging an array of immune cells, signaling pathways, and molecular signals (e.g. cytokines and hormones) in complex, rapid-fire communications that maintain overall homeostasis.
Oxindole alkaloids and triterpenes in cat’s claw vine bark modulate TNF and NF-kB, signaling molecules crucial to normal immune function. Along with phytosterols, these compounds stimulate production of various cytokines that enhance immunity by activating lymphocytes (T-cells, B-cells) and promoting phagocytosis.
Biological Response: Inflammation Response & Homeostatic Balance
Generated by the prostaglandin cascade in response to cellular stress, prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes are hormonal substances that communicate with other key signaling molecules to maintain healthy tissues and regulate physiological homeostasis.
Triterpenes, carboxyl alkyl esters, phytosterols, flavanols, and tannins found in cat’s claw vine bark support the normal inflammation response by inhibiting important pathway mediators including among others NF-kB, TNF, COX-2, interleukin-1, and nitric oxide.
Biological Response: Natural Antioxidants & Cellular Protection
The vine bark’s alkaloids, triterpenes, flavanols, and tannins are potent antioxidants that scavenge free radicals such as superoxide and peroxynitrite—protecting cells from lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial damage, and metabolic impairment—especially those forming gastrointestinal and genitourinary tissue.
These compounds also promote the cellular production of natural antioxidants such as glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and catalase. Flavanols and tannins within the bark chelate free metal ions as well, which prevents overproduction of damaging radicals.
Core Cat’s Claw is sourced from Uncaria tomentosa, a thick woody vine with sharp curved thorns belonging to the Rubiaceae family. Reaching some thirty meters in length, this rapidly growing liana climbs into the towering forest canopies that define the Amazon highlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. With large ovate leaves and spherical clusters of pale yellow flowers, the vine holds a slightly bitter sap enjoyed locally as a thirst-quenching beverage.
Known variously throughout Central and South America as bejuco de agua, pao tati mosha, and uña de gato, cat’s claw commands great reverence by many of the region’s indigenous peoples. Considered sacred by the Incans, shamans use the plant to bridge the spiritual and physical realms. Native to tropical rainforests, mature vine bark contains a unique set of compounds that coordinate a range of biochemical and physiological responses including among others peripheral vasodilation, urothelial protection, and immunomodulation.
Spagyrically Prepared Botanicals
Core Cat’s Claw is prepared using a unique handcrafted method known as spagyric processing. A branch of the medieval science known as alchemy and the forerunner of modern chemistry, spagyria is an herbal manufacturing method first described in the early 16th century by the Swiss physician Paracelsus in his book Liber Paragranum. The word comes from the ancient Greek σπάω, spao ‘to draw out’ and άγείρω, ageiro ‘to gather.’ Its essential meaning is ‘to separate and join.’
In this sense, a spagyric is a botanical extract produced by certain alchemical processes involving separation, purification, and cohobation—a critical last step in which the liquid extract is carefully blended with the mineral-rich ash produced by the controlled incineration of the macerated remains of the extracted plant material known as the herbal marc. As such, a pure, high quality, bioavailable product is created in which the plant’s active constituents are fully integrated with its energetic signature.