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Cat's Claw extract

Bark, Dry Extract 12:1, 60 Ml, 10 Gr from Peru (SKU 0927)

Very finely powdered, watersoluble 12:1 extract of Cat's Claw bark. Produced in Peru. 100% pure, certified organic, not genetically modified, and pesticide free. Solvent used for extraction: Alcohol and water.

Packed in 60 ml clear plastic pots containing 10 grams extract.



Cat's Claw or Uña de Gato is derived from the bark of a large woody vine, commonly known as Uncaria tomentosa, although natives use Uncaria guianensis interchangeably. It's name is derived from the claw-like thorns that grow along the vine's pedicule. It is a traditional herbal used by numerous cultures in the Amazon river basin. The Ashinika tribe of central Perú has been most widely associated with its ethnomedical use but other tribes such as the Aguaruna, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipobo are thought to have used Cat's Claw for over 2000 years. Cat's Claw is a wonderful gift of nature. According to several monographs[1] Uncaria tomentosa contributes to the immune system and helps to maintain flexible joints.

Other names: Uña de Gato, Paraguayo, Garabato, Garbato Casha, Samento, Toroñ, Tambor Huasca, Uña Huasca, Uña de Gavilan, Hawk's Claw, Saventaro.

Cat's Claw has been used medicinally by the Aguaruna, Asháninka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years. The Asháninka Indian tribe in central Peru has the longest recorded history of use of the plant. They are also the largest commercial source of Cat's Claw from Peru today. Cat's Claw has been used in Peru and Europe since the early 1990s as an adjunctive treatment for diseases that target the immune system. In herbal medicine today, Cat's Claw is employed around the world for many different conditions.[2]

The inner bark of Cat's Claw is used to make liquid extracts, capsules, and teas. Preparations of Cat's Claw can also be applied to the skin.[3]

Uncaria tomentosa is a liana in the Rubiaceae (Coffee family), deriving its name from hook-like thorns that resemble the claws of a cat. U. tomentosa can grow up to 30 meter tall, climbing by means of these thorns. The leaves are elliptic with a smooth edge, and grow in opposite whorls of two. Cat's Claw is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest, with its habitat being restricted primarily to the tropical areas of South and Central America.[5]

Cat's claw contains ajmalicine, akuammigine, campesterol, catechin, carboxyl alkyl esters, chlorogenic acid, cinchonain, corynantheine, corynoxeine, daucosterol, epicatechin, harman, hirsuteine, hirsutine, iso-pteropodine, loganic acid, lyaloside, mitraphylline, oleanolic acid, palmitoleic acid, procyanidins, pteropodine quinovic acid glycosides, rhynchophylline, rutin, sitosterols, speciophylline, stigmasterol, strictosidines, uncarine A thru F, and vaccenic acid.[2]

Pregnant women, organ transplant recipients, and individuals who have autoimmune conditions should avoid taking cat’s claw.[4]  Individuals allergic to plants in the Rubiaceae family and different species of Uncaria may be more likely to have allergic reactions to Cat's Claw.

There are other plants which are known as Cat's Claw (or Uña de Gato) in Mexico and Latin America; however, they are entirely different plants, belonging to neither the Uncaria genus, nor to the Rubiaceae family. Some of the Mexican Uña de Gato varieties are known to have toxic properties.[5]

[1] Document: NL-E4-0-C-REF, Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
[2] Cat's Claw, Raintree Tropical Plant Database
[3] Herbs at a Glance: Cat's Claw, NCCAM, US National Institutes of Health
[4] Cat's Claw, DrugDigest
[5] Uncaria tomentosa, Wikipedia

This natural product is offered for its ethnographic and historical value and is delivered with no expressed or implied fitness for a specific purpose. It is simply a raw botanical specimen, or a scientific sample. The information provided is purely meant for historical, scientific and educational purposes and should never be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific use. The use and application of our product is at the customer's decision, responsibility and risk.
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