Cats claw (Una de gato) is a climbing vine that is native to the Peruvian Amazon and gains its name from the barbed claws with which it climbs the jungle canopy. Cats claw has been used by rainforest tribes to help maintain a healthy immune system, to benefit digestion and to keep joints supple, and it is still well known for these benefits today.
There are many actives in Cats claw, including alkaloids thought to aid immune function, and a group of chemicals called quinovic acid glycosides that may account for its benefit to joint health. Other actives are carboxyl alkyl esters, sterols (beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol and campesterol) and many potent antioxidants.
Both Cats claw root and Cats claw bark are used by herbalists, and both have been shown to be effective, but the root is generally considered to be more potent. However, Cats claw bark is powerful enough for most purposes.
<>Directions: infuse one teabag in a cup of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. One strong cup of tea daily is recommended.