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Cat's Claw

 

Family: Rubiaceae
Scientific name: Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis
Common name: Cat's Claw, Uña de gato, Samento, Garabato
Part of the plant: Internal part of the bark, stem or roots
Origin: Amazon Rainforest of Peru
Value: Medicinal plant

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Cat's Claw - Cat’sPUNCH

 

For over 2000 years, the Ashaninka and other tribes of the Amazon forest of Peru consider the "Cat's Claw" as a sacred plant, due to its multiple tonic effects.

 

The "Cat's Claw" is a vine that grows slowly at a rate of 1.50m per year; the inner bark of the plant contains alkaloids, glycosides of quinovique acid and terpenes.

This plant was named because of its large curved spines.

 

It seems this is the oxindole alkaloids, that is giving the "Cat's Claw" its effectiveness, particularly to stimulate the immune system. Alkaloids and other plant constituents, such as glycosides, may explain the anti-inflammatory effects, contributing to inhibit the multiplication of cancer cells, and antioxidants.

 

 

It is used successfully in all inflammatory disorders such as arthritis and rheumatism.

The main effects of this plant are:

Stimulating the immune system

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic

Anti-free radicals

Antioxidant

Be strong and balanced intestinal flora

Anti-mutagenic (inhibits the growth of cancer cells)

Anti-virus

Anti-allergy

Antiplatelet