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  Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa or Una do Gato)

Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa or Una do Gato)

 
Uses: Cancer, Arthritis, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, DNA repair and Improved Memory
Cats claw is a natural extract of the highest quality inner bark of authentic Uncaria tomentosa, an exciting herbal discovery from the Peruvian Rainforest. Also called Una de Gato, cat's claw herb has been used for hundreds of years by the native Ashanica Indians  

Anti-inflammatory
Cat's claw is a remarkably potent inhibitor of TNFalpha production. The primary mechanism for cat's claw anti-inflammatory actions appears to be immunomodulation via suppression of TNFalpha synthesis. TNF stands for tumor necrosis factor.

Antioxidant
Cat's claw is an effective antioxidant.

Antitumor
Cat's claw extracts exert a direct anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 (a breast cancer cell line).

Arthritis
This plant is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and probably rheumatoid arthritis. The species, U guianensis and U tomentosa are equiactive. They are effective antioxidants, but their anti-inflammatory properties may result from their ability to inhibit TNFalpha and to a lesser extent PGE2 production.

DNA repair
Human volunteers who took cat's claw herb for 8 weeks had improved DNA repair.

Memory
Cat's claw herb total alkaloids exert a beneficial effect on memory impairment induced by the dysfunction of cholinergic systems in the brain and that the effect of the total alkaloids is partly attributed to the oxindole alkaloids tested.

Suggested Use: As an herbal dietary supplement, take 1-2 cats claw capsules daily.


It is important that Uncaria tomentosa is the plant used for medicinal purposes. Acacia gregii is another plant known by the name of Cat's Claw which grows in Mexico and Texas. This plant has no known medicinal properties and may be toxic. Uncaria guaianensis, is being marketed as an alternative however it is missing an important constituent. Uncaria rhynchophylla is a variety from China which is very similar to Uncaria tomentosa, but not quite the same. The main alkaoid Rhynchophylline has been used in China for hypertension and headaches caused by vascular constriction. Cat's claw should not be confused with Devils claw (Harpagophytum procumbens} which is a vine from South Africa with anti-inflammatory properties.

Known Hazards: This product should not be taken if you have an autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, or tuberculosis. In Europe, health care providers avoid combining this herb with hormonal drugs, insulin, or vaccines. Do not take this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Cat's claw may block platelets from forming clots, so you should be cautious if you are already taking a medication, including aspirin, which thins the blood.

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The products described are intended solely as food supplements to enhance general health, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Nothing listed here should be considered as medical advice. You should consult your health care professional for individual guidance for specific health problems.
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