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Medicinal uses supported by clinical data
None. Although two clinical studies have suggested that Cortex Uncariae 
may be an immunostimulant and increase the number of white blood cells (18, 19), data from controlled clinical trials are lacking.
 
Uses described in pharmacopoeias and well established documents
Symptomatic treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and gastric ulcers (7, 10, 20).

 
Uses described in traditional medicine
Treatment of abscesses, asthma, fevers, urinary tract infections, viral infections and wounds. As an emmenagogue (4, 5, 21).

References:

4.    Laus G, Keplinger K. Radix Uncariae tomentosae (Willd.) DC – eine monographische Beschreibung. [Radix Uncariae tomentosae (Willd.) DC – a monograph.] Zeitschrift für Phytotherapie,  1997, 18:122–126. 
 
5.  Farnsworth NR, ed. NAPRALERT database. Chicago, IL, University of Illinois  at  Chicago,  1  January  2002  production  (an  online  database  available directly through the University of Illinois at Chicago or through the
Scien
tific and Technical Network (STN) of Chemical Abstracts Services).
 
7.    Cabieses    F. The saga of cat’s claw.  Lima, Via Lactea Editores, 1994
 
10.   Keplinger  K,  Laus  G,  Wurm  M. Uncaria  tomentosa  (Willd.)  DC  –  ethnomedicinal use and new pharmacological, toxicological and botanical results. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 1999, 64:23–34.
 
18.  Lamm S, Sheng Y, Pero RW. Persistent response to pneumococcal vaccine in individuals supplemented with a novel water soluble extract of Uncaria tomentosa, C-Med-100®.  Phytomedicine, 2001, 8:267–282. 
 
19.  Sheng Y, Bryngelsson C, Pero RW. Enhanced DNA repair, immune function and reduced toxicity of C-MED-100, a novel aqueous extract from Uncaria tomentosaJournal of Ethnopharmacology, 2000, 69:115–126.

20.   Lemaire  I  et  al.  Stimulation  of  interleukin-1  and  -6  production  in  alveolar macrophages by the neotropical liana, Uncaria tomentosaJournal of Ethno-pharmacology, 1999, 64:109–115.
 
21.  Laus G, Brössner D, Keplinger K. Alkaloids of Peruvian Uncaria tomentosa. Phytochemistry, 1997, 45:855–860. 
 


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