herbals cats-claw

RECND254

Cat's Claw

Scientific:Uncaria tomentosa / U. guainensis
Other:Cat's Claw, Una DeGato

Indications

Immune
• infections
- colds
- influenza
- lyme disease
- dengue fever
- infectious diarrhea
- sexually transmitted diseases
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
• malignancies
- thyroid cancer
- breast cancer
- leukemia

Musculoskeletal
• inflammatory conditions
- osteoarthritis
- rheumatoid arthritis
- bursitis

Actions

immunostimulant
antiinflammatory
antimicrobial
anticancer
antiviral
hypotensive
gastroprotective

Constituents

• Alkaloids (indole)
• Triterpenoids
• Proanthocyanidins

Posology

• Tincture (unspecified conc.): 1-2 ml tid
• Decoction (dried bark): 1 g tid

Safety

Pregnancy and lactation: Traditionally used in contraception. Avoid use as safety has not yet been established.

Autoimmune diseases: Controversy over immunomodulating herbs causing benefit or harm. Monitor progress.

Interactions

• Immunosuppresive drugs - may have an antagonizing effect

References

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Bone K. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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Felter HW, Lloyd JU. King's American Dispensatory. 1898. http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/kings/main.html. Accessed: August 19, 2006.

Hoffman D. Medical Herbalism. Rochester, Vermont: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Weiss RF. Herbal Medicine. Beaconsfield, England: Beaconsfield Publishers Ltd, 1988.

Williamson EM, ed. Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2002

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