What is hoof?

What Does hoof Mean

Hoof is the name given to the grouping of the feet that are part of the same leg of a hoofed animal . Before proceeding with the definition, it is important to clarify what the notions of ungulate and hoof refer to.

A mammal is described as hoofed when their extremities ending in the hoof or helmet . The fingers of these species , with their corresponding nails, are called feet .
The hoof, in short, is the set of the feet of a leg . The horses , the cows , the sheep and camels , for example, have hooves.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the hoof is that the nails, formed by keratin , reach a wide development and come to cover the animal's fingers. When walking, the specimen supports its weight on its hooves.
Hoofed mammals whose hooves are made up of an even number of toes are called artiodactyls . In this case, the hoof stands out for having two more developed toes than the rest, generating what is known as split hoof or sunken hoof . The cows , the pigs , the goats and sheep have this kind of claw.
The perissodactyls , on the other hand, have an odd number of toes on their hooves. Rhinos , donkeys and horses appear in this set , among others.
It is known as cow 's hoof , foot cow, cow helmet or hoof ox , moreover, a plant belonging to the set Fabaceae. Scientific name Bauhinia forficata , it is a tree that can exceed seven meters in height.
Bauhinia belongs to the Fabaceae family. Its white flowers are very similar to orchids, so much so that they are sometimes confused. Its reproduction takes place through its seeds. Some of the common names that this tree receives are due to the lobed shape of its leaves, which recall the footprint of a hoof.
Although it is a tropical plant , it can also be grown in cold regions, although in this case it must be done in soils protected from inclement weather until the hot weather arrives. Since the cow's hoof requires exposure to the sun and fresh air, if it is grown indoors it is recommended to remove it during the spring and summer.
The cow's hoof is native to the Asian continent, although today we can find it in various regions of South America. Its wood is one of the reasons why this plant is so appreciated, but its medicinal properties are not far behind.

Let's see below some of the benefits of cow's hoof for our health:
* fights dysentery : this infectious disease causes ulcers and inflammation in the large intestine, as well as pain in the abdomen, bloody diarrhea and fever. A treatment with an infusion of cow's hoof is recommended that we can prepare by cooking 5 grams of fresh leaf in 200 milliliters of water;
* purgative action : to cleanse the body, we can put 10 grams of root in 500 milliliters of water and cook everything to a boil;
* antiseptic and healing : this is one of its greatest benefits . To take advantage of them, we must create an ointment by pouring a handful of dried and crushed flowers in half a cup of petroleum jelly previously heated in a water bath and letting it simmer for an hour. Finally, the mixture should be filtered and allowed to cool and then applied directly to the affected area;
* other effects : the medicinal power of the cow's hoof also reaches the decrease in glycemia in cases of type II diabetes. In addition, it helps reduce cholesterol level , acts as a diuretic, and can effectively treat hypertension.

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