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Uncaria tomentosa (Rubiaceae)
Uña de Gato, cat's claw, samento, uña huasca, saventaro.
The leaves and bark of wild growing Uncaria tomentosa. A large twining shrub that grows in the Peruvian upland Rainforest. Sustainable managed and collected by native communities.

Native people of the Central Peruvian Amazon upland rainforest use it since centuries ago. Cooked bark and root are used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and neoplasy. It is used to heal wounds, as a powerful immune system booster, and in inflammatory processes of different kinds in organs and/or systems, skin inflammations as well as in the urinary tract.

MODERN Applications
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immune system booster.
  • Market presentation: powder in capsules and tablets.


(Uncaria tomentosa)
Spray-dried extract

Dried bark of Uncaria tomentosa
Main active ingredients:
Oxindole alkaloids, Mitraphyllin
Fine powder
Light brown
Taste and odor:
Bitter, characteristic flavor and odor
Type of extraction:
Hydroalcoholic. Spray-dried
12:1 12kg dried Cat´s claw bark / 1kg spray-dried extract
3Kg bi-layered Nylon/PE bags in hard corrugated paper boxes
Total Oxindole Alkaloids
Minimum 3.0%*
99% soluble in water. Hygroscopic


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