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cat's claw

(kats klaw)
Herbal prepared from fibers of Uncaria tomentosa and other Uncaria spp. Value suggested as therapy for inflammatory diseases and gastrointestinal disorders; South American folk medicine uses it as a contraceptive.
Synonym(s): samento.
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cat's claw

[Translation of Sp. uña de gato or Portuguese unha de gato] Uncaria tomentosa.
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