Uncaria tomentosa

Valentina Della Valle

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Uncaria tomentosa (U. tomentosa) or unã de gato, a species of vine of Rubiaceae family, was used from centuries in various medical conditions. Although there are no randomized controlled trials or published human outcome studies, some conditions reportedly improved by U. tomentosa include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, prostatitis, viral illnesses and cancer (acting as a non-specific immunomodulantign agent) and it may also have potential as an immunomodulating adaptogen in cellular aging. The understanding of some specific mechanisms of molecular action leads to the demonstration of various anti-inflammatory, immunostimulating and protective effects. These results bring the strong hypothesis that U. tomentosa could be effective in the topical treatment of dermatological manifestation, namely rosacea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-657
Number of pages7
JournalGiornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia
Volume152
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Administration
  • Cat's claw
  • Rosacea
  • Topical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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