Allergies to Herbs (Part 2)?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: October 26, 1999

Please elaborate on the Cat’s Claw latin name, and what if the label on Cat’s Claw does not read the latin name? Is this a problem?

Also, could Ms. Eagles also elaborate on anything she knows about Pycnogenol and if it really helps with chronic fatigue; or could she advise me what herbs etc. are good and safe to take everyday and what helps with energy, immune system and chronic fatigue? These are important areas for me.

Although James Duke in "The Green Pharmacy" (available at Richters) states "There are over 30 brands of cat’s claw on sale in health food stores and herb shops in the United States, and there’s only one report in the scientific literature of an adverse reaction ever developing in anyone’s use of the herb.", and does not distinguish between various species of Cat’s Claw, Siegfried Gursche, in "Encyclopedia of Natural Healing" (Alive Publishers, Canada, (800) 663-6580 or Natural Life Publishing Inc., U.S. (800) 663-6513) states "Since active ingredients vary vastly from plant to plant and even in the same plant, finding a reliable source for the herb or taking the standardized extract is advised." Looking for the Latin name on the label is one way of identifying that the herb in the bottle is the herb you want.

For information on Chronic Fatigue and Pycnogenol, please go to our website at, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Search Richters Q&A", and enter the word "Chronic Fatigue" for one search and "Pycnogenol" for another search.

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