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cat's claw

an herb that belongs to the madder family, found in South America and Southeast Asia.
uses It is used for cancer, herpes, arthritis, gastritis, gout, wounds, and gastric ulcers. There may be short-term benefits when used for osteoarthritis, but effectiveness for other indications has not been proven.
contraindications It is contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation and in children younger than 3 years of age until more research is available. It also should not be used in people with muscular sclerosis, tuberculosis, or hemophilia or in those who have had organ transplants.

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.

cat's claw

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

cat's claw,

n Latin names:
Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis; parts used: leaves, roots, bark from stems; uses: antiinflammatory, contraceptive, immune system stimulant, colon disease, arthritis, irritable bowel disease, Crohn's disease; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, patients with MS, AIDS, tuberculosis, hemophilia, and organ transplant recipients. Also called
life-giving vine of Peru, samento, or
una de gato.

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In prior testing, cat's claw was shown to be a nonspecific stimulator of the immune system.
Comparison of our HPLC determinations with chemical analyses of other cat's claw preparations available on the phytopharmaceutical market is not possible due to the lack of literature data.
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The two known species of cat's claw are Uncaria guianensis, used traditionally for wound healing, and Uncaria tomentosa, which has numerous medicinal uses and is most commonly found in supplements.
Cat's claw, an anti-inflammatory that is also good for the immune system, is harvested from the Amazon jungle in Alto Beni north of La Paz.
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A cafe owner told her about Una de Gato, or Cat's Claw, a plant said to have anti-inflammatory benefits in treating everything from kidney and liver disease to cancer.
Cat's claw has been shown to contain many different chemical constituents, including quinovic acid glycosides, sterols, tannins, procyanidins, flavonoids, polyhydroxylated triterpenes and at least 17 different alkaloids (Aquino et al.
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