Cat’s Claw Seeds
Latin Names: Uncaria tomentosa, Uncaria guianensis
Cats claw is a woody vine native to both the South and Central American rainforests. Cat’s Claw Seeds had been used medicinally for decades by the Inca civilization, however it had been forgotten until recently, when interest in it’s claims of health benefits resurfaced.
Cat’s-claw vine is a climbing perennial plant that produces large yellow flowers in the springtime. It is traditionally valued as an ornamental, particularly in dry areas, because it needs little water or care, The plant can climb almost anything, covering fences and other structures with an attractive carpet of leaves and flowers. However, the aggressive nature of the vine has made it a major weed in China, Australia, South Africa, and parts of the southeastern United States (Osunkoya et al. 2009).
The common name of the plant comes from its most distinctive feature: the cat-like “claws” that help it climb. The vine has opposite leaves that are usually compound and composed of a pair of leaflets with a 3-pronged tendril between them. The tips of each prong are curved, stiff, and so very sharp that they will catch on the individual ridges of a human fingerprint. Cat’s-claw vine is often listed in floras and guidebooks under the older name of Macfadyena unguis-cati, but it has recently been moved to the genus Dolichandra (Lohmann and Taylor 2014).
Usage of Cats Claw
Today, the seeds of the Cat’s Claw plant are primarily promoted as a dietary supplement for a variety of health conditions, including viral infections (such as herpes, human papilloma virus, and HIV), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, arthritis, diverticulitis, peptic ulcers, colitis, gastritis, hemorrhoids, parasites, and leaky bowel syndrome. (NIH, https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/cats-claw/)
One modern research study has indicated that Cat’s Claw may also help to repair DNA, which can help to improve health.
Learn More: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/cats-claw/
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The Hydroalcoholic Extract of Uncaria tomentosa (Cat’s Claw) Inhibits the Infection of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) In Vitro https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33680061/
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