Right, Girlie, but some may have more the issues of neuropathy/tingling/numbness
& some may have more the mental/anger, etc. so I was (not clearly!) trying to say there are 2 cat's claws used for different reasons. And the links didn't seem to come across.
Uncaria rhynchophylla (not to be confused with Tomentosa) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese medicine that is used for the treatment of hypertension, convulsive disorders (epilepsy), and for various head ailments such as headache or dizziness. It contains a variety of alkaloid structures, most notably the one named after it (Rhynchophylline) and a potent drug-like alkaloid with the acronym of GME (Geissoschizine methyl ether). It is a component of the popular japanese medicinal formula known as Yokukansan, where it alongside glycyrrhiza uralensis (Licorice) seem to mediate the neuroprotective effects.
Studies that use oral ingestion of the herb or isolated alkaloids are only in the animal phases of research at this point in time, but it appears that GME has antipsychotic properties very similar to Aripiprazole (pharmaceutical) on the serotonin and dopamine receptors. The influence on the serotonin receptors also confers some anxiety reducing properties, and can reduce social aggression (thought to be the reason why Yokukansan reduces agitation in elderly persons with dementia).
^This one seems to be suggested to use with extra caution.
As opposed to the other cat's claw:
Uncaria Tomentosa (Cat's Claw), an Amazonian vine that has been traditionally recommended for antiinflammatory and fatigue syndromes.
May have potential as an adjunct therapy during chemotherapy to reduce the suppression on the immune system and genomic damage, seems to influence neutrophils more than other types of immune cells and help with Neutr
openia. Despite human studies, it is still preliminary as the main bioactive is not yet known and it doesn't appear to be reliable
Post Edited (happyjo) : 7/23/2016 3:00:00 PM (GMT-6)