It is important that Uncaria tomentosa is the plant used for medicinal purposes.
Acacia gregii is another plant known by the name of Cat's Claw which grows in Mexico and Texas. This plant has no known medicinal properties and may be toxic. Uncaria guaianensis, is being marketed as an alternative however it is missing an important constituent. Uncaria rhynchophylla is a variety from China which is very similar to Uncaria tomentosa, but not quite the same. The main alkaoid Rhynchophylline has been
Uncaria tomentosa is a potent plant with 29 chemical constituents including 17 different alkaloids. It's actions are considered to be:
Common Traditional Uses:
Urinary tract disorders
Child birth recovery
Control of inflammation
Variable Traditional Uses:
Birth Control (high doses supposedly promoted sterility)
Chronic viral infections
Viral / bacterial co-infections in AIDS
Radiation damage prevention
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