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Bauhinia forficata Link

  • Valdir Cechinel FilhoEmail author
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Part of the Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of the World book series (MAPW, volume 5)

Abstract

Bauhinia forficata Link (Fabaceae, Leguminosae) is a medicinal plant known in Brazil as “pata de vaca”, “mororó”, “pé de boi”, “casco de vaca” or “unha de boi”. It is used in traditional medicine to treat several pathological conditions, especially diabetes. Some studies have confirmed the antidiabetic potential of this plant in preclinical and clinical experiments. Kaempferitrin, the major flavonoid present in the B. forficata leaves, appears to be the main active principle, with different kind of medicinal properties, including antidiabetic potential.

Keywords

Bauhinia forficata Antidiabetic potential Flavonoids Kaempferitrin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Farmacêuticas e Núcleo de Investigações, Químico-Farmacêuticas (NIQFAR)Universidade do Vale do Itajaí (UNIVALI)ItajaíBrazil

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