China Cat's Claw Extract
Latin Name: Uncaria tomentosa or Uncaria rhynchophylla Wall..
Synonyms: Uncaria surinamensis; Nauclea aculeata; N. Tomentosa;
Part Used: Stem with Hook.
Appearance: Slight Brown Powder.
Specification: 3%, 4%, 5% Alkaloids,4:1, 5:1,10:1,20:1 by UV/HPLC.
Extract Method: Water/ Grain Alcohol
Description: Cat's Claw is a liana deriving its name from hook-like
thorns that resemble the claws of a cat. In Spanish, the vine's
name is "uña de gato". Its scientific name is Uncaria tomentosa. It
grows profusely in the Amazon regions and other countries including
in China and used as an alternative medicine in the treatment of a
variety of ailments. Traditionally, the inner bark and the root of
the vine are used to make a tea. A similar vine, Uncaria
guaianensis, lacks a potentially important compound. A Chinese
variety, Uncaria rhynchophylla, has many similar compounds.The
indigenous peoples of South and Central America have used Cat's
Claw for medicinal purposes for two thousand years or more.
Researchers have investigated the use of the plant by the Asháninka
tribe of Peru, who use the plant as a general health tonic,
contraceptive, anti-inflammatory agent for the gastrointestinal
tract, and as a treatment for diarrhoea, rheumatic disorders, acne,
diabetes, cancer and diseases of the urinary tract.
• Stimulate the immune system;
• Help relax the smooth muscles (such as the intestines);
• Dilate blood vessels(helping lower blood pressure);
• Antioxidant properties, helping rid the body of particles known
as free radicals that damage cells.
• The recent research shows Cat's claw is being studied for a
number of other possible uses, including HIV, Crohn's disease,
multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus),
and Alzheimer's disease. It may have antitumor and anticancer
effects as well.