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CAT'S CLAW
Uncaria tomentosa
Cat's Claw Cat's Claw
Common name: Cat's Claw
Latin name: Uncaria tomentosa
Other names: Hawkís Claw, Life-giving Vine of Peru
Family:  Rubiaceae
Habitat: Catís Claw is native to the tropical jungles of South and Central America.
Description: Catís Claw is a woody vine with hook-like thorns that look like the claws of a cat. The plant can grow up to 30 m tall. It has dark green leaves, opposite and compound, with small leaflets that grow into ovate to lanceolate leaves. Flowers are trumpet-shaped, bright yellow in color, solitary or in axillary clusters. Fruit is flat and linear, with oblong, winged seeds.
Parts used: The inner bark and root.
Useful components: Flavonoids, quinovic acid glycosides, oleanolic and ursolic acids, sterols, triterpenes, tannins
Medicinal use: Catís Claw has a rich history of medicinal use. It has been used by Native  Americans in treatment of different sorts of ailments: arthritis, digestive complaints, inflammations, wounds and stomach ulcers and as a form of a birth control. Nowadays the plant is recognized by the herbalists mainly due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer and diuretic properties.  The anti-inflammatory effects of Catís Claw are very helpful in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The plant has a very beneficial influence on our immune system, and is being used in the treatments of various types of tumors: brain tumors, leukemia, cervical carcinoma, melanoma, medulloblastoma. It is also used as an herbal supplement in HIV patients. Catís claw could also be used in treatments of different sorts of infectious diseases, fevers, wounds, urinary tract infections and internal hemorrhage.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore it is advisable to contact your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.
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