Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa
Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa
Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa

Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa

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Boost Immune System and improve AIDS treatment

Cat's Claw - Uncaria Tomentosa

Origin: Peru

Used part: Bark


Native to the Amazon, this plant develops in the form of a shrub, is a little branched creeper and its leaves can measure about 5 to 10 cm in length and its height can reach 30 or 40 meters when growing inside forests. Growth in isolated locations can reach 5 m. Its scientific name is Uncaria tomentosa, and its most common use is in infusions to heal affections such as asthma, heal wounds, and alleviate stomach problems.

The first record of medicinal properties of this plant occurred in the 60's and in 1994 the cat's claw was officially recognized as a medicinal plant by the World Health Organization. Since then it has been the subject of research to find out what its medicinal properties.

Health benefits:

Cat's claw acts as an anti-inflammatory, and therefore is indicated for joint inflammations such as osteoarthritis and rheumatism. In addition, it is indicated for infections due to the weakness of the immune system, since its active principles improves immunity. It is also widely used for allergies, herpes simplex, gastroduodenal diseases, acute or chronic viral diseases, asthma, tumor and neoplastic diseases, and even as an aid to AIDS treatment. It is effective in controlling diabetes and ameliorating the effects of chemotherapy.

Good Herbal Remedy:

  • Rheumatoid and lupus, as it is highly anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory
  • Metastatic tumors, Kaposi's sarcoma and candidiasis are also treated with the plant because of its immunostimulatory and antimutagenic mechanism
  • Genital herpes and herpes zoster can be treated with Cat's Claw due to its antiviral activity
  • Cystitis
  • Gastritis
  • Sinusitis
  • Gastroduodenal ulcers
  • Viruses
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Convalescence
  • Osteoarticular inflammations


  1. Add 1 tablespoon of herb to a quart of water
  2. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
  3. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
  4. Strain and is ready for use

How to drink:

Take 2 to 3 cups a day


The plant should not be consumed by pregnant and lactating women; transplant patients, as it may cause rejection and by leukemia patients awaiting bone marrow transplantation; and people with a history of peptic ulcer or gallstones should beware of this plant as it stimulates acidic secretions of the stomach. Self-medication is responsible for about 30% of intoxications. Always consult a physician before taking medicines.