What is Cat’s Claw?

Botanical Name: Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s Claw, in Spanish called “Uña de Gato,” is the bark of a woody vine which grows in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. Cat’s Claw has been used medicinally by the Asháninka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years.

Traditionally, Cat’s Claw is used

    • To detoxify the intestines*
    • To promote bowel regularity*
    • To recover from illnesses/injuries associated with inflammation*
    • To prevent/recover from upper respiratory illnesses caused by cold and damp*

Through Scientific Research, Cat’s Claw has been shown

  • To strengthen the immune system*
  • To act as an anti-inflammatory in auto-immune conditions, including lupus, asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, etc.*
  • To reduce CRP (C-reactive protein) in the blood – helps prevent plaque buildup in arteries*
  • To increase cell death of abnormal cells*
  • To repair DNA of mutated cells*
  • To lower blood pressure*
  • To support brain health/cognitive function*
  • By some researchers suggest that more research is needed on Uncaria tomentosa as a preventative for Alzheimer’s because of links to inflammation. Initial research looks promising.*