Pau D’Arco grows in our area of Ecuador. It has been used as a traditional medicine for more than 1,500 years, and multiple studies have substantiated the use of this wonderful herb to accelerate the healing skin wounds and to protect against infection. As it was believed to be an important herb in ancient times, today its wonderful benefits are being looked at in the areas of immunity enhancement and cell strengthening. It is considered to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibiotic and reputed to possess potent antiviral and anti fungal properties. It has been used by herbalists as a treatment for viral infections, yeast infections, herpes simplex, gonorrhoea, athlete’s foot, warts, syphilis, venereal disease, and vaginitis. Pau d’Arco extracts are believed to be effective as a painkiller, and it has been shown to be beneficial in helping to ease the pain and inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism. The herb has also been used to relieve allergies, help with respiratory disorders, to dissolve phlegm, and as a remedy for smoker’s cough. It has also shown to be an effective remedy for parasites and may also ease the discomforts of inflammatory bowel disease. And, herbalists have used the extracts worldwide for combatting cancer, lupus, diabetes, eczema, and psoriasis. Proponents also claim that, when the liquid tincture is taken internally, it treats lupus, osteomyelitis, Parkinson’s disease, and leukemia. It has been used in a poultice for eye infections, hemorrhoids, boils, snake bites and internally for the treatment of oral thrush.
Pau d’arco contains selenium, which is shown to be a powerful antioxidant that removes free radicals which can damage cells and trigger the disease. Other active principles of the herb, mainly lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. It has a holistic effect on the body, detoxifying the body’s systems from heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives and even the residue of chemotherapy may be thoroughly eliminated. Tincture concoctions have reportedly had a beneficial effect on cancer patients. Pau d’arco supporters believe that the benefits of the herb can be had from Lapacho, the active compound, and researchers feel that it is one of the most important anti-tumor agents in the world.
Known as Taheebo and Ipe Roxo, a tribal name for this herbal wonder, strengthens the immune system and may protect against cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Some claim that Pau d’Arco liquid extracts may be of help in cases of diabetes, it is thought to promote and maintain normal blood sugar levels. Lapacho is applied externally, and used internally, for the treatment of skin ulcerations and boils, and circulation disturbances.
The herb is said to fight chronic degenerative ailments, increase energy and stamina and it has been used as part of a treatment to ward off environmentally produced allergies and asthma. It has been used by inhabitants of the Amazon for common colds, cough, flu, anemia, upper respiratory disorders, e. Coli, and has a toxic effect on leukemia cells. It may also be useful in fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Many experts believe that the bark of Pau d’arco trees contains anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve pain and swelling of arthritis. Antiviral uses have been displayed by Pau d’arco against several other viruses, one of which is vesicular stomatitis virus, also known as VSV. Additionally, antiparasitic action has been displayed by the herb for conditions including malaria, Trypanosoma, and Schistosoma.
As a mild laxative and diuretic, it promotes urine flow and supports urinary tract health, fighting such conditions as cystitis, prostatitis and other urinary infections. It is used to relieve pain, kill germs, and even as an antidote for poisons. The herb is also thought to lower fever. Remember that the body only has three basic processes for getting rid of wastes, and they are lower bowel movement, urinating and sweating. Occasional sensations such as nausea may occur when using the herb. It can be a positive sign that the herb is working, and the signs may dissipate once the toxins are moving freely from the body. Pau d’arco tincture may be taken either periodically as a preventative, or consistently during an active infection.
Pau D’Arco is said to protect and promote healthy liver function. It is believed to neutralize poisons that involve the liver and could be helpful in treating hepatitis. In one clinical study, a South American research team administered lapachol to patients with various forms of cancer, including adenocarcinoma of the liver, prostate, and breast, as well as carcinoma of the palate and uterine cervix. Taken internally, the substance resulted in temporary reduction of all conditions and a significant reduction in pain. The treatments lasted an average of 2 months. Chemotherapy has been known to destroy the liver and kidneys, and this may be of great help to patients undergoing such treatments.
When used internally lapachol is eventually secreted into the skin via the sebaceous glands, where it can act as a topical barrier. Meanwhile, it performs the identical action throughout the GI tract, preventing the penetration of parasites. Pau D’Arco used externally, has been helpful in treating skin inflammations such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, staph infections, herpes outbreaks, mange in animals, scabies, boils, and wounds. The herb has also been used as a douche for vaginal infections until the condition subsides.
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Ingredients: Pau d’Arco,Distilled Water, 30% Alcohol
Instructions: Use 6-12 drops in juice or water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Contraindications: Pregnant and nursing women should not use Pau D’Arco, and excess amounts (many times the recommended dosage) may cause nausea, bleeding, vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea. People who take prescription anticancer drugs or those on chemotherapy should not use this herb without consulting with a physician. Because it may induce bleeding, people who take prescription blood thinners (Coumadin, etc.) should not use this herb, nor should it be used prior to surgery.