Real Cow Foot Leaves, Pata de Vaca (Bauhinia forficata)
Cow Foot or Pata de vaca is a tree. The leaves are used to make medicine. Pata de vaca is most commonly used for diabetes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support this use. Traditional medicine has been using this herb for many years to help promote healthier glucose levels and to maintain better kidney function.
What is Cowfoot Leaf?
Cow-Foot Leaf is an erect, somewhat woody plant, 1-2 m tall. ... Cow-Foot Leaf is native to South America, and naturalized in many parts of the world. Medicinal uses: fresh leaves are applied on the surface of abscesses as topicals. Juice of leaves applied to eyes for conjunctivitis.
Diabetes. Early research shows that drinking tea containing 3 grams of pata de vaca daily for 8 weeks does not improve blood sugar levels or insulin levels in people with diabetes.
Is Pata de vaca good for diabetes?
Diabetes: Pata de vaca might lower blood sugar levels. People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels closely. If you have diabetes, it's best to check with your healthcare provider before starting pata de vaca. Surgery: Pata de vaca might affect blood sugar levels.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination. Talk with your health provider.
Pata da vaca might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking pata de vaca along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.
Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not much is known about the use of pata de vaca during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Pata de vaca might lower blood sugar levels. People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels closely. If you have diabetes, it's best to check with your healthcare provider before starting pata de vaca.
Surgery: Pata de vaca might affect blood sugar levels. There is a concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using pata de vaca at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
WARNING: Always consult your physician before using this product or any herb-based product.
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