Samento Is a medicinal rainforest plant that has been used for many years by native Peruvians. Samento's properties include Immunomodulation, Antibacterial, Antimutagenic, Diuretic, Depurative, Hypotensive and Vermifuge.
Studies suggest Samento may be beneficial in supporting the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions and immune system disorders. Immune system disorders may casue various health issues which may include but are not limited to, Lyme Disease, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
Several reports on the constituents of Uncaria Tomentosa, the plant Samento is made from, have focused on the oxidole alkaloids, one of the many groups of phyto-nutrients found in the plant. Studies confirm that 2 chemotypes of Uncaria Tomentosa with different alkaloid patterns occur in nature. One type contains pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs) and the other contains both POAs and tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (TOAs). POAs act on the cellular immune system and TOAs act on the central nervous system. Recent studies confirm that the TOAs exert antagonistic effects on the action of the POAs. Uncaria tomentosa plants may contain as much as 80% TOAs. According to studies in Austria, as little as 1% TOAs can cause a 30% reduction in the acquired immune benefits that POAs provide. This may explain why large dosages, at times far exceeding 10,000 mg per day, of Cat’s Claw containing TOAs are required to obtain some results in treating immune system related conditions.
According to Dr. James Howenstine, MD. in an article dated April 17, 2005: "It is now realized that Lyme Disease can mimic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Bell’s Palsy, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, neuritis, psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, heart failure, angina, irregular heart rhythms, fibromyalgia, dermatitis, autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma and lupus, eye inflammatory reactions, sudden deafness, SIDS, ADD and hyperactivity, chronic pain and many other conditions."
Preliminary findings show that Samento (Cat's Claw) is very helpful in treating these conditions.
TRADITIONAL USE: It is considered one of the most important botanicals in the rainforest. By supporting and enhancing immune system function, Samento is indicated in a broad spectrum of conditions including all types of infections. Urarina tribesman of Peru tell stories of Samento curing tumors. Samento was one of the plants researched by the National Institute for Health as an anticancer agent, and studies from various laboratories indicate it normalizes the immunoglobulins by activating T-lymphocytes and macrophages.
MERIDIAN INDICATIONS: Tonifies the blood, Increases Liver / Spleen Qi, releases congestion in liver meridian. EVA POINTS: Liver, Spleen"
"Uncaria guianensis (Aubl.) Gmel. Rubiaceae. "Samento", "Cat's claw", "Paraguayo", "Garabato", "Una de gavilan", "Hawk's claw". In Piura, the bark decoction, considered anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, and contraceptive, is used in treating gastric ulcers and tumors (FEO). Considered a remedy for cancer of the female's urinary tract; also used for gastritis, rheumatism and cirrhosis. The "Boras" use it for gonorrhea (RVM). Colombian and Guianan Indians use it for dysentery (SAR). Nicole Maxwell culimates her latest edition with an illustrated anecdote about this plant, now exported by the tons to Europe, for various cancers. Nicole even states that it turns grey hair black, including some of her own. (NIC). See following entry."
"Uncaria tomentosa (Aubl.) Gmel. Rubiaceae. "Una de gato", "Cat's claw", "Paraguayo", "Garabato","Una de gavilan,"Hawk's claw". Widely used in Peru for anti-inflammatory, contraceptive, and cytostatic activities, the plant has yielded an anti-inflammatory anti-edemic glycoside (JNP54(2):453. 1991). In Piura, the bark decoction, considered anti-inflammatory, anti-rheuniatic, and contraceptive, is used in treating gastric ulcers and tumours (FEO). In her latest edition, Nicole Maxwell (1990) has added much information which may reflect the potential of the cat's claw. She informs us that Sidney McDaniel submitted samples to the NIH cancer screen."
"The most powerful immune-enhancing herb is Samento." Research from 1970 through the present (by Klaus Keplinger and others in Austria, Germany, England, Hungary and Italy) has shown beneficial effects of Samento in the treatments for cancer, genital herpes, systemic candidiasis and AIDS. Six alkaloids isolated from the plant root have been found to significantly enhance the ability of the white blood cells to attack, engulf and digest harmful micro-organisms or foreign matter, thus assisting the process of phagocytosis in the body. My own preliminary studies on the immune-enhancing properties of Samento have uncovered the following:
Maintenance Dosage : 5 to 15 drops per day for adults (children 2-10 drops) on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before eating, in 1/2 cup of water; may be taken as one daily dosage if desired.
Therapeutic Dosage: Begin with one drop in 1/2 to 1 cup of water per day. Then, increase the dosage by one drop every day to 5 drops daily. Then build up 15-25 drops two times per day.
Note: A few patients may experience a healing crisis with as little as one drop. If experiencing an acute healing crisis or unable to tolerate entry level dosage discontinue use, follow a detoxification protocol for 3 days and resume 1/4 drop per day (1 drop in 1 cup of water and drink 1/4 of water). Increase dosage by 1/4 drop each day building up to 5 drops a day, then build up to the maxiumum dose. Higher doses may be required for more severe conditions.
Take Samento on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before meals. Serving Size: 5 drops
Standardized to contain a minimum of 0.5% pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (POAs).