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Cat's Claw

 

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Cat's claw, also known as the Uña de Gato. Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa or Una do Gato) is a medicative herb from the Amazon River basin that is widely used for inflammatory disorders. Cat's claw contains gluco indole alkaloids. Cat's claw is a very populardue to the many therapeutic benefits is offers for relieving arthritis, allergies, menstrual irregularities, ulcers, and a variety of gastrointestinal disorders. It is considered a inestimable medicinal resource and is a highly protected plant in Peru, where it grows naturally.

Presently, very slight scientific research has been dedicated to testing the merits of cat's claw, but many cultures native to the South American rain forest areas have used this herb for hundreds of years. The active chemical compounds observe in cat's claw are alkaloids, tannins, and several other phytochemicals. The alkaloids in cat's claw give it the capability boost the immune system. Generations of Ashaninka Indians have used cat's claw in the Amazon rainforest.

Cat's claw is a woody vine which derives it name from the two curved thorns at the base of each leaf. This plant grows wild in the Peruvian rain forest where is grows into the trees. Different chemicals in it are known to foster the loss of water from the body, slacken smooth muscles, and widen small blood vessels in the hands and feet. All these effects may help to lower blood pressure

Cat's-claw should be avoided in diseases of the immune system itself, such as tuberculosis, multiple sclerosis, and HIV infection. Cat's claw is an beneficial antioxidant. Cat's claw extracts wield a direct anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 (a breast cancer cell line). This plant is an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and possibly rheumatoid arthritis. The species, U guianensis and U tomentosa are equiactive. They are effective antioxidants, but their anti-inflammatory attributes may result from their ability to inhibit TNFalpha and to a lesser extent PGE2 production.

Cat's claw herb total alkaloids exert a propitious effect on memory impairment induced by the dysfunction of cholinergic systems in the brain and that the effect of the total alkaloids is partly attributed to the oxindole alkaloids tested. Presently, these plants are recognized throughout the world for the wealth of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates and other beneficial substances that they contain. Cat's claw is also being studied for a numerous of other possible uses.