MED: cat's claw

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

I pulled up a pretty big cat's claw (mimosa nuttalliaii [sp?]) from out of my St. John's wort this morning, looked it up in my medicinals books, and found the bark of the root is used to boost the immune system. Does anyone have any experience with this? It's drying on my porch now. The root is about 8" long and 1/2" diameter.

Sarasota, FL

What name did you use to look it up with?
Here's a link for Cat's claw, Uncaria tomentosa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cats_Claw

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

Thanks for that. This is called cat's claw as well, but it's definitely not what that link shows, so I'll be very sure not to try and use it medicinally!

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