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Bauhinia forficata

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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. Check out the new Discussion Forums to see if anyone is talking about how they are using this natural rainforest remedy.

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 cholesterol

Suggested 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.

Contraindications: Pata de vaca has demonstrated in animal and human studies to lower blood sugar levels. It is contraindicated in those with hypoglycemia. Diabetics wishing to use this natural remedy need to monitor their blood sugar levels closely and seek the help of a practitioner as insulin drugs may need to be adjusted.

Drug Interactions: Will potentiate antidiabetic medications and insulin drugs.





Third-Party Published Research*

All available third-party research on pata de vaca can be found at PubMed/Medline. A partial listing of the third-party published research on pata de vaca is shown below:

Antidiabetic & Hypoglycemic Actions:
Ferreres, F., et al. "Bauhinia forficata Link authenticity using flavonoids profile: Relation with their biological properties." Food Chem. 2012 Sep 15;134(2):894-904.
Curcio, S., et al. "Hypoglycemic effects of an aqueous extract of Bauhinia forficata on the salivary glands of diabetic mice." Pak J Pharm Sci. 2012 Jul;25(3):493-9.
Trojan-Rodrigues, M., et al. "Plants used as antidiabetics in popular medicine in Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil." J Ethnopharmacol. 2012 Jan 6;139(1):155-63
Pereira, D., et al. "Effects of flavonoids on alpha-glucosidase activity: potential targets for glucose homeostasis." Nutrition. 2011 Nov-Dec;27(11-12):1161-7.
da Cunha, A., et al. "Hypoglycemic activity of dried extracts of Bauhinia forficata Link." Phytomedicine. 2010 Jan;17(1):37-41.
Tzeng, Y., et al. "Kaempferitrin activates the insulin signaling pathway and stimulates secretion of adiponectin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes." Eur J Pharmacol. 2009 Apr 1;607(1-3):27-34.
Vishnu Prasad, C., et al. "Kaempferitrin inhibits GLUT4 translocation and glucose uptake in 3T3-L1 adipocytes." Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2009 Feb 27;380(1):39-43.
Volpato, G., et al. "Effect of Bauhinia forficata aqueous extract on the maternal-fetal outcome and oxidative stress biomarkers of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats." J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Feb 28;116(1):131-7.
Pinheiro, T. S., et al. “Comparative assessment of kaempferitrin from medicinal extracts of Bauhinia forficata J. Pharm. Biomed Anal. 2006 May; 41(2):431-6.
Cazarolli, L., et al. "Follow-up studies on glycosylated flavonoids and their complexes with vanadium: their anti-hyperglycemic potential role in diabetes." Chem Biol Interact. 2006 Nov 7;163(3):177-91.
Estrada, O., et al. “Evaluation of flavonoids from Bauhinia megalandra leaves as inhibitors of glucose-6- phosphatase system.” Phytother. Res. 2005; 19(10): 859-63.
Vasconcelos, F., et al. “Insulin-like effects of Bauhinia forficata aqueous extract upon Tityus serrulatus scorpion envenoming.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Dec; 95(2-3): 385-92.
Jorge, A. P., et al. “Insulinomimetic effects of kaempferitrin on glycaemia and on 14C-glucose uptake in rat soleus muscle.” Chem. Biol. Interact. 2004 Oct; 149(2-3): 89-96
Fuentes, O., et al. “Hypoglycemic activity of Bauhinia candicans in diabetic induced rabbits.” Fitoterapia. 2004 Sep; 75(6): 527-32.
Pepato, M. T., et al. “Evaluation of toxicity after one-months treatment with Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.” BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 2004 Jun 8; 4: 7.
de Sousa, E., et al. “Hypoglycemic effect and antioxidant potential of kaempferol-3,7-O-(alpha)-dirhamnoside from Bauhinia forficata leaves.” J. Nat. Prod. 2004; 67(5): 829-32.
Lino, S., et al. “Antidiabetic activity of Bauhinia forficata extracts in alloxan-diabetic rats.” Biol. Pharm. Bull. 2004; 27(1): 125-7.
Pepato, M. T., et al. “Anti-diabetic activity of Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-diabetic rats." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2002 July; 81(2): 191–97.
Silva, F. R., et al. “Acute effect of Bauhinia forficata on serum glucose levels in normal and alloxan-induced diabetic rats." J. Ethnopharmacol. 2002; 83(1–2): 33–7.
Lemus, I., et al. “Hypoglycemic activity of four plants used in Chilean popular medicine.” Phytother. Res. 1999; 13(2): 91–4.
Miyake, E. T., et al. “Caracterizacao farmacognostica de pata-de-vaca (Bauhinia fortificata)." Rev. Bras. Farmacogn. 1986; 1(1): 56–68.
Almeida, R., et al. “Levantamento da flora medicinal de uso no tratamento da diabete e alguns resultados experimentais.” VIII Simposio de Plantas Medicinais do Brasil, Manaus-AM, Brazil. September 4–6, 1984, 23.
Costa, O. A. “Estudo farmacoquimico da unha-de-vaca.” Rev. Flora Medicinal 1945; 9(4): 175–89.
Juliani, C. “Hypoglycemic action of bauintrato (Bauhinia forficata preparation) new clinical and experimental study.” J. Clin. 1941; 22: 17.
Juliane, C. “Acao hipoglicemiante de Bauhinia forficata. Novos estudos experimentails.” Rev. Sudam. Endocrin. Immol. Quimiot. 1931; 14: 326–34.
Juliane, C. “Acao hipoglicemiante da unha-de-vaca.” Rev. Med. Pharm. Chim. Phys. 1929; 2(1): 165–69.

Cholesterol-Lowering Actions:
Ferreres, F., et al. "Bauhinia forficata Link authenticity using flavonoids profile: Relation with their biological properties." Food Chem. 2012 Sep 15;134(2):894-904.
Lino, S., et al. “Antidiabetic activity of Bauhinia forficata extracts in alloxan-diabetic rats.” Biol. Pharm. Bull. 2004; 27(1): 125-7.
Miyake, E. T., et al. “Caracterizacao farmacognostica de pata-de-vaca (Bauhinia fortificata)." Rev. Bras. Farmacogn. 1986; 1(1): 56–68.

Kidney Protective & Diuretic Actions:
Ni, Z., et al. “Effect of astragalin on matrix secretion and beta 1 integrin mRNA expression in human mesangial cells.” Chin. Med. J. 1999; 112(12):1063-7.
Yokozawa, T., et al. “Protective effects of some flavonoids on the renal cellular membrane.” Exp. Toxicol. Pathol. 1999; 51(1): 9-14.
Hamzah, A. S., et al. “Kaempferitrin from the leaves of Hedyotis verticillata and its biological activity.” Planta Med. 1994 Aug; 60(4): 388-9.

Antioxidant Actions: Khalil, N., et al. "Free radical scavenging profile and myeloperoxidase inhibition of extracts from antidiabetic plants: Bauhinia forficata and Cissus sicyoides." Biol Res. 2008;41(2):165-71.
Ferreres, F., et al. "Bauhinia forficata Link authenticity using flavonoids profile: Relation with their biological properties." Food Chem. 2012 Sep 15;134(2):894-904.
de Sousa, E., et al. “Hypoglycemic effect and antioxidant potential of kaempferol-3,7-O-(alpha)-dirhamnoside from Bauhinia forficata leaves.” J. Nat. Prod. 2004; 67(5): 829-32.

Antivenin Actions:
Oliveira, C.Z., et al. “Anticoagulant and antifibrinogenolytic properties of the aqueous extract from Bauhinia forficata against snake venoms.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2005 Apr; 98(1-2): 213-6.
Vasconcelos, F., et al. “Insulin-like effects of Bauhinia forficata aqueous extract upon Tityus serrulatus scorpion envenoming.” J. Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Dec; 95(2-3): 385-92.

Non-Toxic Actions:
Damasceno, D. C., et al. “Effect of Bauhinia forficata extract in diabetic pregnant rats: maternal repercussions.” Phytomedicine. 2004; 11(2-3): 196-201.
Pepato, M. T., et al. “Evaluation of toxicity after one-months treatment with Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.” BMC Complement. Altern. Med. 2004 Jun 8; 4: 7.

Antileukemic Actions:
Lim, H., et al. “Inhibition of cell-cycle progression in HeLa cells by HY52, a novel cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor isolated from Bauhinia forficata.” Cancer Lett. 2006 Feb; 233(1): 89-97.

Antihistamine Actions:
Kotani, M., et al. “Persimmon leaf extract and astragalin inhibit development of dermatitis and IgE elevation in NC/Nga mice.” J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2000 Jul; 106(1 Pt 1): 159-66.

Constituents Identified:
Pinheiro, T. S., et al. "Comparative assessment of kaempferitrin from medicinal extracts of Bauhinia forficata Link." J. Pharm. Biomed. Anal. 2006 May; 41(2):431-6.
Faria, R. A., et al. "Biochemical and chemical partial characterization of Bauhinia forficata Link seeds." Arch. Latinoam. Nutr. 2004 Sep; 54(3): 349-53.
da Silva, K. L., et al. "Phytochemical and pharmacognositc investigation of Bauhinia forficata Link (Leguminosae)." Z. Naturforsch. 2000; 55(5-6): 478-80.



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