Vilcacora (Uncaria tomentosa), also called cat's claw, is a powerful, woody climber from the Amazon jungle, whose bark has been used by native shamans and healers for over 2,000 years. Traditional South American medicine has used vilcacora externally to treat wounds and skin diseases, and internally in cancer, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma and gastric ulcer. The Indians of the Amazon believed that this plant prolongs life and consumed infusions of its bark every day to prevent any disease, eliminate pain, and cleanse and strengthen the body. Have beneficial effect on the immune system, strengthens the body, supports recovery and increases resistance to stress.
The Spanish common name uña de gato, or cat's claw, comes from the characteristic claw spines of this plant, which are sharp and rounded like cats.
- Effectively supports the body's immune mechanisms - including stimulates the activity and multiplication of immune cells and intensifies the processes of phagocytosis
- Supports the body in removing pathogenic bacteria and viruses
- Supports the body's proper response to inflammation that appears in various organs, such as the gut, joints, kidneys, or skin
- Supports recovery through a beneficial effect on DNA repair processes
- Works adaptogenic, i.e. increases the body's tolerance to stress factors, while increasing physical performance and mental resistance
- Has strong antioxidant effects
- Increases mood and reduces stress-induced nervous tension
- Has a positive effect on the skin - promotes wound healing and dermatological changes
- Low resistance
- Recovery period
- General weakness, chronic fatigue
- High levels of stress and nervous tension
VILCACORA DOSAGE AND DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Cat's claw tea (cut bark):
Boil 2 g of bark (about 1 tablespoon) in a glass of water for 15-30 minutes. Squeeze some lemon juice into the boiling broth. Drink 0.5-1 cup decoction a day or more if your body is weak.
1 g of ground bark (about half a teaspoon) pour a small amount of hot water. After cooling, drink together with the sediment. Use 3 times a day.
- Different use
¼ - ½ teaspoon of ground bark eat 3 times a day. Wash down with a lot of warm water.
Portion sizes may vary depending on your body's needs. It is worth seeking advice from a phytotherapist. See how to use powdered herbs.
Vilcacora contains a number of active substances such as:
- pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids: uncararin, pteropodyne, isopteropodyne, specialophylline, mitrafiline, isomitrafiline and others
- tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids: rhinchophylline, isorinchophylline, corynoksein, isokorynokseine, hirsutein, hirsutina, corynoantein
- flavonoids: quercetin, rutin, phytosteroids (b-phytosterol, campesterol)
- catechins - procyanidins
- Do not give to patients after transplantation or before any transplantation any organ, bone marrow or skin.
- Do not administer for blood transfusions and blood products (preparations containing Vilcacora may be administered three weeks after the transfusion, but administration should be stopped one week before the planned transfusion).
- Do not use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
- Vilcacora may make it difficult to get pregnant. However, the effect is so weak that it cannot be used interchangeably with contraception.
- Do not use in children under 3 years of age (in exceptional cases, the doctor decides).
- Do not give to patients treated with insulin and some steroid hormones.
- Do not give patients three days before and three days after vaccination against infectious diseases.
- Do not use during chemo and radiation therapy - it can be given three days after the end of chemo and radiation therapy, but it should be stopped three days before the next cycle of chemo and radiation therapy).
- Vilcacora reduces platelet aggregation and blood clotting, therefore it should not be used together with anticoagulants (blood thinners, eg Coumadin).
- High doses (3-4 grams at a time) can cause stomach ache and gastrointestinal problems, including diarrhea (due to the tannin content of the bark) in some people.
- Diarrhea or loose stools are usually mild and disappear with continued use. Discontinue use or reduce the dose if diarrhea persists for more than three or four days.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.