Scientific: Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis [WikiPedia]
Appearance: Cat’s claw is a
woody vine that grows wild in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical
areas of Central and South America. Its thorns resemble a cat’s claws.
Composition: Cats Claw has
many phytochemical elements that consist of oxidole alkaloids, quinovic
acid glycosides, antioxidants, plant sterols and carboxyl alkyl esters.
All of these are thought to have, in varying degrees, an action that can
be attributed to the many benefits of Cats Claw.
Parts Used: The bark and root of cat’s claw are used to make liquid extracts, capsules, tablets, and tea.
Common Uses: Using cat’s claw
for health dates back to the Inca civilization. Its historical uses
have included for contraception, inflammation, cancer, and viral
infections, and to stimulate the immune system. Today, cat’s claw is
most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used for various digestive system
disorders including swelling and pain (inflammation) of the large
intestine (diverticulitis), inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis),
inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers,
hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome. Some people use cat’s claw for
viral infections including shingles (caused by herpeszoster), cold sores
(caused by herpes simplex), and AIDS (caused by human immunodeficiency
virus (HIV)). Cat’s claw is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome
(CFS), wound healing, parasites, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, hay fever,
cancer (especially urinary tract cancer), a particular type of brain
cancer called glioblastoma, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone
pains, and “cleansing” the kidneys.
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PLEASE NOTE that herbal and
other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe
and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any
other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.
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