Overview

Cat's claw is a vine. It grows in the rainforest in South and Central America. Two species of cat's claw are used as medicine. Uncaria tomentosa is most commonly used in the U.S. Uncaria guianensis is used in Europe. Medicine is made from the root and bark. Be careful not to confuse cat's claw with cat's foot.

Cat's claw is most commonly used for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is also used for cancer, viral infections, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): Some experts warn that cat's claw may interfere with the body's response against COVID-19. There is no strong data to support this warning. But there is also no good data to support using cat's claw for COVID-19.

How does it work ?

Cat's claw contains chemicals that might stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses.

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