Also known as
Uncaria tomentosa, and Una de Gato.
Cat’s claw is a tropical vine clinging to 100-foot (and taller) trees by using its namesake “claws.” This herb is very effective and traditionally used for relaxing the body.
Cat’s claw (una de gato in Spanish) refers to at least 20 plants with sharp curved thorns, both native to the South and Central American tropical rain forests, with most of the commercial production focused on Uncaria tomentosa. Ethically harvested cat’s claw bark is a major source of income for many Brazilian and Peruvian villages.
Pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (pteropodine, isopteropodine, isomitraphylline, uncarine F), tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (rhynchophylline, isorhynchophylline), quinovic acid glycosides, procyanidins, triterpenoid saponins.
The tannins in the herb are released only if it is taken in an acidic medium. Research based Average serving: Add 1-2 Tsp of Cats Claw with to a cup of water with a little lemon juice to prepare as a tea. For convenience it may be taken as a capsule and is also very effective.
Do not take while pregnant.
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