Cat's claw is the plant Uncaria tomentosa. Cat's claw is a vine that grows in the tropical areas of Central and South America. The plant winds along trees, reaching up to 30 meters in length.
Thorns, which resemble the shape of panther’s claw, grow on it. Hence the name "Cat's claw." There are two varieties of the liana, and both are called Cat's Claw: Uncaria tomentosa (U.t.) and Uncaria guianensis (U.g.).
Both plants have different homeopathic functions as U.t. is the variety of cat's claw that is studied medically in more details. Both plants contain various phytochemicals that carry biomedical benefits and are produced by extracting extracts from the bark and roots.
The variety Uncaria tomentosa exhibits immune stimulating effects, and the variety Uncaria guianensis is used in the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis. The first variety is more useful for athletes, and that is why we will focus on its functions.
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