In South America, Uña de Gato has a long folkloric use as a wound healer and for treating intestinal ailments. Peru’s inhabitants use it as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic as well as in treating gastric ulcers, gonorrhea, dysentery and all problems related to the feminine reproductive system.
The herb is also used to treat arthritis, intestinal disorders and some skin problems. It is especially noted for its antiviral and tumor dissolving properties, its effect on cellular regeneration and cardiovascular repair.
Reviews and scientific studies by the National Cancer Institute in the last decade have led to verification of some of the anticancer and immunostimulant properties.
Common Names: Uña de Gato, Cat’s Claw, Life-giving Vine of Peru, Samento.
Parts Used: Bark. Historical Uses: The herb’s Spanish name Uña de Gato means Cat’s Claw.
40 drops to 1 teaspoon three to four times per day. Use with a good bowel management program.
References: HOWARD, Dr. A. B., Herbal Extracts Supplement, First Edition, The Blue Goose Press, Michigan, 1985. FOSTER, S., Botanical Series, Cat’s claw health food bus, American Botanical Council, Austin TE, 1995.