Pata de Vaca (Cow's Foot) - Herbal Tea

Tea leaves of Pata de Vaca. Ground bark: 85 gr. (net wt) Makes 4 Gallons of Tea (Using 20 g. or approx 2/3 cup to make one gallon) Benefits: Traditional Herbal for High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Stones and Contraception Latin (botanical) Name: Bauhinia forficata Common Name: Cow's Foot Summarized Description: Pata de Vaca (Cow's Foot) is one of our traditionals. It has been used for millenium as a contraceptive in both Meso and South America; however, it's most common use in the Ecuadorean Amazon is to treat what we would call "high cholesterol," diabetes, and kidney ailments. Pata de Vaca is a commonly used traditional from the Amazon, used as a healing agent by the indigenous to treat a wide variety of health conditions (see below). Uses and Protocols: I. Preparation --- if you can boil water, you can make this product: Professional herbalists will recognize this as a standard decoction.

  1. Add roughly 20 grams (about 1/4 of the bag of product) to one liter (about 4 cups) of purified water. Boil for 20 minutes.

  2. Drink as needed to address indication.

Warnings / Contraindications: Duke notes that Pata de Vaca may "pontentiate other hypoglycemic drugs; contraindicated in hypoglycemia (RAI). Should be avoided in treatment of Tityus serrulatus scorpion envenoming, it may enhance venom lethality (X15507364). As of July 2007, the FDA Poisonous Plant Database listed two titles alluding to toxicity of this species." (1) Shelf-Life: This product is dehydrated, so its functional shelf-life is well in excess of two years. Ethnobotanical Dosage / Usage:Duke provides a "food pharmacy potential" score for this plant of, "FNFF=?" ("Very questionable survival food) . . . [Indeed, I know its use in the Ecuadorean Amazon to only be medicinal]. Dosage: 1 cup leaf tea 2-3x/day (RAI); 2 g leaf capsule/tablet 2-3x/day (RAI); 3g/day for 56 days reportedly helps diabetes (MPG). Here is an additional ethnobotanical use cited by Duke (2):

  • Brazilians use as astringent, depurative, diuretic, and tonic, for CNS disorders, cystitis, diabetes, diarrhea, elephantiasis, intestinal worms, kidney stones, leprosy, obesity, polyuria, and stones (MPG; RAI).

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