Dear Stephen,
I was wondering if you have heard of other folks having extreme joint pain when taking cat’s claw. I have been taking it for 4 months but everytime I increase my dosage after seven days, I have joint pain. I stop for a day or two and then resume with 1 pill twice a day. My LLMD recommends that I stop taking it. Any thoughts? My doctor is thinking that I have bartonella with lyme.


Stephen’s response:
I haven’t heard of joint pain from cat’s claw though a few people have reported leg pain. If you have bartonella, you really need to be taking some other herbs: sida acuta, red root, l-arginine, EGCG. I would, myself, substitute rhodiola and eleuthero and teasel root for the cat’s claw and stop the cat’s claw.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have active herpes, chicken pox, or shingles DO NOT USE L-arginine.
Stephen
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