Cats Claw is a tropical vine that grows in rainforest and jungle areas in South America and Asia. Some cultures refer to the plant as the Sacred Herb of the Rain Forest. This vine gets its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which looks like a cats claw. These claws enable the vine to attach itself around trees climbing to a heights up to 100 feet.
The plant is considered a valuable medicinal resource and is protected in Peru. Although scientific research has just recently begun to explore cats claw, many cultures native to the South American rain forest areas have used this herb for hundreds of years.