( Uncaria tomentosa)
Also called Una`de gato
Found in South American rain forests and wilded harvested in Peru and Brazil
Parts used: Root and stem
South American folk medicine uses cat’s claw for intestinal disorders, arthritis, wounds, dysentery, and cancer. Now modern research has indicated significant immune stimulating activity and antiviral, cancer fighting, and antioxidant effects. Australian and German physicians have used cat’s claw to stimulate the immune systems of cancer patients. Extracts have been used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy, herpes.
There is a caution, and that is standardized Cat’s claw products are not allowed to be combined with hormones, insulin, fresh blood plasma, or some vaccines ALWAYS CONSULT A DOCTOR BEFORE USING CAT’S CLAW.