Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) is a tropical woody plant, which can grow up to 30 meters tall. Its name comes from its hooked thorns, which resemble the claws of a cat. It is found mainly in the Amazon rainforest and in other tropical areas of South and Central America.
The bark and root have been used for centuries in Latin America as a traditional medicine for many conditions, such as inflammation and infections. Cat’s Claw may support the immune system, possibly helping fight infections more effectively.
Cat’s Claw seems to work both by boosting your immune response and calming an overactive immune system. Its anti-inflammatory properties could be responsible for its immune benefits.
Cat’s Claw has been used for inflammatory conditions of the digestive tract, such as swelling and pain of the large intestines (diverticulitis), inflammation of the lower bowel (colitis), inflammation of the lining of the stomach (gastritis), stomach ulcers, and leaky bowel syndrome.