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Cat's Claw

( Uncaria tomentosa )

 

Family

Rubiaceae

 

Synonyms

Una degato, paraguayo, garabato, una de gavilan, hawk's claw

 

Character

Anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antioxidant, antiviral, antitumor, antibacterial, cytostatic

 

Description

This plant -- technically considered a vine -- grows in the jungle regions of the Amazon Basin in the south to the high jungle areas of Junin. It is not unusual for an Uncaria vine to take more than twenty years to reach maturity. Its intriguing name evolved from the thorns which cover the vine and look very much like the curved claws of a cat. These stout, hooked spines enable the vine to wind itself up among the Peruvian trees as it seeks for more light amidst the deep, shaded darkness of the canopied forest. The vine produces yellowish or white flowers which bloom in pairs on opposite sides of the stem portion. The glossy leaves of the plant are effectively protected by their hook-like spines. Apparently, curious men have literally been caught up by the vine's formidable hooks and have found themselves suspended in mid-air. Current harvesting laws allow only the bark to be harvested. the roots and vines of cat's claw are carefully protected in order to preserve future propagation.

 

Traditional rain forest use

Both the roots and the vine of the cat's claw plant have historically been used by indigenous Peruvian tribes as invaluable natural medicine. Peruvian folklore describes decoctions made from the cat's claw vine and their extraordinary ability to soothe arthritis, ease gastric upsets, and help inhibit the growth of tumors. Considered a sacred botanical by the Ashanica, its bark, roots and vines have been used for generations to treat dysentery and immune system related diseases. Tribal legends tell of vine decoctions for colds, fever and headaches. Bark poultices were utilized for painful joints and other skin afflictions. Digestion and bowel disorders were also targeted by preparations of cat's claw constituents.

 

Modern medicinal applications

Cat's claw is used to treat allergies, arthritis, bursitis, cancer, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn's disease, female hormonal imbalances, fibromyalgia, inflammation, intestinal disorders, immune system disease, lupus, parasites, ulcers, and viral infections.

 

Authentication

Recent evaluations of this Peruvian rain forest herb have supported its value for treating serious colon disorders. Keplinger's research also supports the use of cat's claw as an immune system stimulant. two compounds contained in this herb have also demonstrated the ability to inhibit the multiplication of some viruses. Current studies are looking at cat's claw as a possible treatment for the AIDS virus. Doctors in Peru have used this herb in treating fourteen types of diagnosed cancer.

 

Safety

European studies have shown that cat's claw has extremely low toxicity, even when taken in large doses. It should not be taken, however, by anyone who has undergone a transplant, or by pregnant or nursing women. Taking cat's claw may cause diarrhea or alter bowel consistency in some individuals.

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