Cats claw herb or Uncaria tomentosa is also sometimes referred to as the miracle herb because of its medicinal value. It is believed to have adaptogenic, anti microbial, antioxidant, anti viral, anti inflammatory and anti tumor properties. The cat's claw plant obtained its English name because the thorns look like cat's claws. Different parts of the world call it by different names. It's Una de Gato in Spanish.
One of the most talked about benefits of cat's claws is its ability to provide defense support by strengthening the immune system. This is due to the presence of alkaloids which have the ability to increase white blood cells activity Alkaloids also provide therapeutic support that help cure and relieve pain.
Triterpenes in cats claw herb are natural chemical that may have anti oxidant properties and anti cancer compounds. Phytosterols that are also found in this herb are plant sterols that among others may help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Another element found in cat's claw is proanthocyanidins. They are flavonoids that provide nutritional and therapeutic effects.
Because of the presences of all the therapeutic compounds plus other natural elements, cats claw herbs are beneficial in the natural treatment of various ailment.
The cat's claw herb extracts are derived from the inner root bark mostly from Peru. They are sold in tablets, pain relieving gel and roll on, capsules, cat's claw tea, and liquid extract. You can also purchase cat's claw cut and sifted bark to make your own herbal tea.