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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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Based on in vitro experiments, it has been indicated that oxindole alkaloids promote phagocytosis, leading to the claim that cat's claw has immunostimulant properties (Wagner et al.
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.
Cat's claw extracts demonstrate powerful antioxidant effects in quenching the dangerous peroxyl and superoxide radicals.
When buying cat's claw be sure to read the label because many products going by that name are not uncaria tomentosa.
Cat's claw was also found to protect the integrity of normal cells' DNA.
Reports appearing in the Brazilian media say that experiments involving an advanced extract of cat's claw (uncaria tomentosa) have shown promise to prevent inflammation caused by dengue fever.
It has also been shown that cat's claw induces human endothelial cells to release a lymphocyte-proliferation-regulating factor (Wurm et al.
Peruvian natives have used a tea made from Cat's Claw for hundreds of years.
Various hypotheses have been proposed to account for the purported clinical effects of cat's claw.
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Lately, I've noticed jungle cures long popular in Latin America, bearing exotic names like Cat's Claw and Dragon's Blood, turning up alongside those natural staples.
Each product features a different key ingredient or pair of ingredients, including echinacea, bilberry, gingko biloba, ginseng, milk thistle, cat's claw and the combination of royal jelly and ginseng.