Cat's claw: An Amazonian vine decreases inflammation in osteoarthritis

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Cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa and Uncaria guianesis) is a medicinal plant from the Amazon commonly used to treat disorders such as arthritis, gastritis and osteoarthritis. The mechanism of cat's claw appears to be as an inhibitor of TNFα and antioxidant. Understanding the processes in osteoarthritis may facilitate and clarify the potential role of cat's claw as a complementary therapy to assist in the reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators and effectors. The clinical relevance of this therapy as a viable modality of intervention will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Cat's claw
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Uncaria guianesis
  • Uncaria tomentosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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