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Pata de vaca has long been used for diabetes in the Amazon and in South America.* Numerous researchers have published preliminary animal studies indicating pata de vaca has hypoglycemic and anti-diabetic actions as well as reported which chemicals in the plant are responsible for this activity.* For more information about pata de vaca (Bauhinia forficata), please refer to the Database File for Pata de Vaca in the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of pata de vaca, click here.
Traditional Uses: for diabetes; as a diuretic for kidney and urinary disorders (including polyuria, cystitis and kidney stones); as a blood cleanser and to build blood cells; for high cholesterolSuggested Use: This plant is best prepared as an infusion (tea). Use one teaspoon of powder for each cup of water. Pour boiling water over herb in cup and allow to steep 10 minutes. Strain tea (or allow settled powder to remain in the bottom of cup) and drink warm. It is traditionally taken in 1 cup amounts, 2-3 times daily. For more complete instructions on preparing herbal infusions see the Methods for Preparing Herbal Remedies Page.