Bauhinia forficata, Cow Foot, Cow's Foot, Cow's Hoof, Patte de Vache, Pied de Vache, Sabot de Vache.


Overview Information

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.

How does it work?

Pata de vaca might lower blood sugar levels. But the specific way it works is unclear.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes. Early research shows that drinking tea containing pata de vaca doesn't improve blood sugar levels or insulin levels in people with diabetes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of pata de vaca for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pata de vaca is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if pata de vaca is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. 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.



We currently have no information for PATA DE VACA Interactions.



The appropriate dose of pata de vaca depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for pata de vaca. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


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  • Córdova Mariángel P, Avello Lorca M, Morales Leon F, et al. Effects of Bauhinia forficata link tea on lipid profile in diabetic patients. J Med Food. 2019;22(3):321-323. View abstract.
  • da Cunha AM, Menon S, Menon R, et al. Hypoglycemic activity of dried extracts of Bauhinia forficata Link. Phytomedicine 2010;17(1):37-41. View abstract.
  • de Sousa E, Zanatta L, Seifriz I, 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. View abstract.
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  • Khalil NM, Pepato MT, Brunetti IL. Free radical scavenging profile and myeloperoxidase inhibition of extracts from antidiabetic plants: Bauhinia forficata and Cissus sicyoides. Biol Res 2008;41(2):165-71. View abstract.
  • Lim H, Kim MK, Lim Y, 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;233(1):89-97. View abstract.
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  • Pepato MT, Baviera AM, Vendramini RC, Brunetti IL. Evaluation of toxicity after one-months treatment with Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. BMC Complement Altern Med 2004;4:7. View abstract.
  • Pepato MT, Keller EH, Baviera AM, et al. Anti-diabetic activity of Bauhinia forficata decoction in streptozotocin-diabetic rats. J Ethnopharmacol 2002;81(2):191-7. View abstract.
  • Russo EM, Reichelt AA, De Sa JR, et al. Clinical trial of Myrcia uniflora and Bauhinia forficata leaf extracts in normal and diabetic patients. Braz J Med Biol Res 1990;23(1):11-20. View abstract.
  • Silva FR, Szpoganicz B, Pizzolatti MG, 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.View abstract.
  • Souza CR, Georgetti SR, Salvador MJ, et al. Antioxidant activity and physical-chemical properties of spray and spouted bed dried extracts of Bauhinia forficata. Braz J Pharm Sci 2009;46:209-18.
  • Vasconcelos F, Sampaio SV, Garofalo MA, et al. Insulin-like effects of Bauhinia forficata aqueous extract upon Tityus serrulatus scorpion envenoming. J Ethnopharmacol 2004;95(2-3):385-92. View abstract.
  • Volpato GT, Damasceno DC, Rudge MV, 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;116(1):131-7. View abstract.

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