EN on Herbs

July 1998 Issue

Is Cat's Claw the Cat's Meow of Herbs?

Called "una de gato" in Spanish, cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a woody climbing vine with claw-shaped thorns, hence its name. It is harvested in the Amazon rainforest. What It Might Do. Oral history passed down through generations of Peruvian Indians tells of using tea made from the bark of cat's claw root as a remedy for inflammation, arthritis, tumors, viral infections, ulcers, diabetes and intestinal disorders, and even for contraception. Word of

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