Uncaria tomentosa

Cat’s Claw

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Cat's Claw

Native to Peru’s virgin rainforests, this medicinal vine is known as the “Amazonian miracle of herbal medicine.” It is used to treat illnesses that attack the immune system, like cancer or HIV. The tribes of the Amazon hold this herb sacred because of its great contribution to medicine. Its other names include uña de gato, samento, rangaya, garabato, bejucote andUncaria tomentosa.

Peruvian Amazon, used since ancestral times because of their therapeutic  properties.

Human health benefits

Cat’s claw is a powerful anti-inflammatory with antimutagenic properties that strengthen the immune system. It is also a recommended preventative treatment for cancer and immune deficiencies. This herb is also a painkiller, helps fight diabetes and allergies, and cleans out toxins. It can be used to treat acne, colitis, gastritis and ulcers.

The vine, with scientific name Uncaria tomentosa, also reduces discomfort and inflammation for people with rheumatism, arthritis or viral infections.

  • Native Fruits

    Cat’s Claw

  • the number of hectares

    3 500

  • collected tons

    33 836


Geographical distribution

Cat’s claw is a vine native to South America and grows mainly in tropical and subtropical areas of Bolivia and Peru. The Ashaninka and other indigenous Amazonian tribes have utilized it for millennia as an immune system regulator, using it to treat serious and mild diseases alike. However, despite its natural prevalence, the herb was not discovered by the Western world until the 1970s, when ethnologist Klaus Keplinger documented its potential applications. His work over the following two decades led to a significant demand for cat’s claw throughout Europe, and by the 1990s, the U.S. had also recognized its healing powers. Today, research is ongoing into cat’s claw and its medicinal properties.


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