Easy to identify, pata de vaca ("the foot of the cow") displays a leaf that is shaped like the cow's cleft (divided) hoof.
What does it do?
Known to Brazilians as "vegetable insulin," this herb's greatest strength is its ability to balance blood sugar levels. Friendly to the diabetic and to those coping with hyperglycemia (excessively high blood glucose levels), pata de vaca also helps combat polyuria, which is the frequent urination that often plagues the diabetic around the clock. Possessing antibacterial, antifungal and anticandida properties, this green medicine cleanses the blood of these unwanted disease-causing agents. Pata de vaca has earned a reputation as a reliable remedy in cases of snakebites and several skin conditions.
About the herb
Native to the tropical areas of Brazil and Peru, pata de vaca is a small tree that ascends 15 to 30 feet above the rainforest floor. It produces large white flowers and a seed pod. The plant's medicine is contained in the unusually shaped leaf.
Conveniently available in teabags, you can enjoy a cup of this herbal brew after a meal to help regulate blood sugar levels. Flavor by adding a pinch of cinnamon, another herb long reputed to benefit the diabetic. Dieters also find pata de vaca useful as a means of controlling their "sweet tooth." As a word of caution, pata de vaca should be avoided by hypoglycemics (patients with low blood sugar), as it tends to lower blood sugar even further. It should also be noted this plant medicine could potentiate (increase the strength) of antidiabetic medications and insulin drugs.
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