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Revista Medica Herediana

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VELASQUEZ, Heydi et al. Quality control in Uncaria tomentosa products. . Rev Med Hered [online]. 1996, vol.7, n.2, pp.84-86. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To analyze the alkaloid content in preparations of cat’s paw. Material and methods: Prospective study, randomized. We included 34 samples of commercial preparation of "cat’s paw", of Lima, Perú. Results: Alcaloid content varies widely between 18 to 370 mg/100 gr of dried bark. Individual doses of the preparations varied between 0.04 and 1.3 mg. Conclusions: The scant scientific literature is rewiewed and as a conclusion it is stated that the supposed effectiveness of the available compounds is questionable. (Rev Med Hered 1996; 7: 84-86).

Keywords : Cat’s paw; Uncaria; herbal medicine.

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