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HARDIN, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, School of Nursing, 9201 University Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA,, has reviewed (15 references) the anti-arthritic properties of the Amazonian vine, Cat’s Claw.

Abstract: 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 Tumour Necrosis Factor-alpha 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 inflammatory mediators and effectors. The clinical relevance of this therapy as a viable modality of intervention will be discussed.






Hardin SR. Cat's claw: an Amazonian vine decreases inflammation in osteoarthritis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 13 (1): 25-28, Feb 2007.

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