Common Names: Griffe du Chat, Liane du Perou, Life-Giving Vine of Peru, Samento, Una de Gato, Uncaria Guianensis, Uncaria Tomentosa.
Scientific Name: Acacia Senegal L., Acacia Greggii, Mimosa Family, Fabaceae Family
Common Uses: Cat’s claw is most commonly used for improving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.It is also used for various digestive system disorders including swelling and pain (inflammation) of the large intestine (diverticulitis), inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis), inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, and leaky bowel syndrome. Some people use cat’s claw for viral infections including shingles (caused by herpes zoster), cold sores (caused by herpes simplex), and AIDS (caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)). Cat’s claw is also used for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), wound healing, parasites, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, hay fever, cancer (especially urinary tract cancer), a particular type of brain cancer called glioblastoma, gonorrhea, dysentery, birth control, bone pains, and “cleansing” the kidneys.
*Warnings: Cat’s claw is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people, when taken short-term. It can, however, cause headache, dizziness, and vomiting in some people.There is some concern that cat’s claw might be UNSAFE during pregnancy. Not enough is known about the safety of cat’s claw during breast-feeding. Avoid use if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. There is some evidence that cat’s claw might lower blood pressure. If your blood pressure is already too low, this might be a problem. Cat’s claw might worsen this condition. Don’t use it if you have leukemia. Cat’s claw might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using cat’s claw without consulting with your healthcare provider. There is a concern that cat’s claw might make blood pressure control difficult during surgery. Stop taking cat’s claw at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Origin: Grows in sandy soil, mostly in tropical Africa, Southwestern United States and northern Mexico.