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Uncaria tomentosa  (Willd.) DC.

   

Botanical Name

:

Uncaria tomentosa (Willd.) DC.

English Name

:

Cat's Claw

Synonym(s)

:

Uncaria surinamensis, Nauclea aculeata, N. tomentosa, Ourouparia tomentosa

Family

:

Rubiaceae

 

General Info

Description

Tropical vine can climb up to heights of 100 feet. The leaves are elliptic with a smooth edge, and grow in opposite whorls of two.

Herb Effects

Lower blood pressure, increase circulation, reduce heart rate, controlling cholesterol, anti-inflammatory, boost immune system, antimutagenic (cellular protector), anticancerous, antiulcerous.

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Herb Information

Chemistry

Active Ingredients

Allosopteropodine, Allopteropodine, isomitraphylline, isopteropodine (root); dihydrocorynantheine, hirsuteine, hirsutine (leaf); isorhynchophylline, rhyncophylline (leaf, root); mitraphylline (bark, leaf, root); oleanolic acid, uncarine-f, ursolic acid (plant); speciophylline (bark)

Chemistry of Active Ingredients
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Name

CAS#

IUPAC Name

Formula

Structure

Product Categories
Isopteropodine 6899-73-6 Not Available C21H24N2O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Dihydrocorynantheine Not Available Not Available C22H28N2O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Hirsuteine 63989-76-4 Not Available C22H26N2O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Hirsutine Not Available Not Available C22H28N2O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Isorhynchophylline 6859-01-4 Not Available C22H28N2O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Rhyncophylline 76-66-4 Not Available C22H28N2O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Mitraphylline 509-80-8 Not Available C21H24N2O4 Click Here To Enlarge
Oleanolic acid 508-02-1 10-hydroxy-2,2,6a,6b
,9,9,12a-heptamethyl
-1,3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a
,10,11,12,
13,14b-tetradecahydr
opicene-4a-carboxyli
c acid
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Ursolic acid 77-52-1 10-hydroxy-1,2,6a,6b
,9,9,12a-heptamethyl
-2,3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,8a
,10,11,12,
C30H48O3 Click Here To Enlarge
Speciophylline 4697-68-1 Not Available C21H24N2O4 Click Here To Enlarge

Pharmacology

Medicinal Use

For intestinal ailments (Crohn's disease, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome); arthritis, rheumatism, diabetes, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, diarrhea, gonorrhea, acne, diseases of the urinary tract and cancers.

Contraindication

Do not use before or after an organ or bone marrow transplant since it boosts immune function. May also have a mild blood thinning effect.

Reference

Aquino R. De Feo V. De Simone F. Pizza C. Cirino G. Plant metabolites. New compounds and anti-inflammatory activity of Uncaria tomentosa. J Nat Prod1991 Mar-Apr;54(2):453-9.


Grieve. M. A Modern Herbal. 1931 (www.botanical.com).

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