Uncaria tomentosa (Willd.) DC, or Una de Gato, known as ‘Cat’s claw’, belonging to the family Rubiaceae, is a medicinal plant native to the Peruvian Amazon. Uncaria has been described as a woody climber. It is a vine or shrub with characteristic penduncles that appear as curved hooks on the side shoots. The plant can grow to a length of up to 30 m (100 ft), climbing by means of these thorns. The leaves are elliptic with a smooth edge, and grow in opposing pairs. The species is widely distributed in tropical regions, including Southeast Asia, Africa, and South America.
The species in which the largest number of compounds has been identified is the Peruvian U. tomentosa, or ‘cat’s claw’, around 50 different compounds have been isolated from this plant. Interestingly, 15 of these compounds were also reported as novel. This structurally diverse species includes alkaloids such as rhynchophylline, isorhynchophylline and their corresponding N-oxides, mitraphylline and isomitraphylline, the uncarines, and rotundifoline, and ursane type pentacyclic triterpenes including a variety of ursolic acid derivatives.
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Powdered herbs like Uncaria tormentosa / Cats Claw Bark Powder are exactly that. We take high quality whole or cut herbs and process them using our powdering machine. Sometimes we source powdered herbs directly from our suppliers.
Using our powdering machine we can choose the size of the ground herb particle. This means we can produce everything from a course powder, which might be used in a herbal tea or infusion, to a very fine powder.
Powdered herbs like Uncaria tormentosa / Cats Claw Bark Powder might be used by herbalists in the production of herbal capsules. Powdered herbs are also sometimes used in tincture or fluid extract production.