Also known as
Uncaria rhynchophylla, gou teng
Uncaria rhynchophylla, also known as Chinese cat's claw, is a fundamental herb in the traditional Chinese system of medicine. This plant has been used for its sedative, hypnotic, tranquilizing, & muscle relaxing effects.
rhynchophylline, isorhynchophylline, Pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (pteropodine, isopteropodine, isomitraphylline, uncarine F), tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids, quinovic acid glycosides, procyanidins, triterpenoid saponins.
Hooks & powder
One tbsp can be added to tea, preferably with an acid such as lemon juice or amla as to draw out the healing components into the water. Capsules are very effective for this herb. Works best when gently simmered or powdered & consumed, as the actives are heat sensitive.
Gou teng is one of the most effective calming & healing herbs, relaxing both the body & mind, protecting against oxidative stress, strengthening the immune system, & providing some of the same catechin anti-oxidants as found in green tea. Chinese Cat's claw is very effective at reducing body aches & pain, while the Peruvian variety is more suited for strengthening the immune system.
Do not take while pregnant. Cat's claw is so powerful it may stop certain cancer treatments that rely on damaging the body from working effectively. As with all herbs, please speak to your doctor before use and especially if you are taking any medications or other herbs or supplements.
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