PAU D’ARCO (Tabebuia Avellanedae) Bark
About this Herb
Taheebo (the tree Pau D’Arco comes from) is a huge canopy tree native to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical parts of South and Latin America. It grows to 30 m high and the base of the tree can be 2–3 m in diameter. As well as being native to Central and South America, Pau D’Arco is also cultivated in sub-tropical North America
The Pau D’Arco tree has a long and revered history in South America, where it has been used for 1000’s of years to treat almost every malady imaginable. From malaria to the common cold, insect bites or fungal infections – Pau D’Arco was the answer.
It was and still is taken internally in tea or powder form, or used externally to treat all manner of wounds, skin infections, snake bites and even impetigo.
Pau D’Arco Benefits
Candida is a common yeast which lives in the mouth and the intestines. It is needed in very small amounts to aid digestion and nutrient absorption. However, if the body’s Ph level is upset it can get out of control very quickly, resulting in Candida overgrowth – also known as Candidiasis. If left untreated, this can lead to a whole host of problems and can weaken the immune system, allowing more serious diseases to take hold. Symptoms of overgrowth can include; thrush, headaches, poor concentration, fatigue and uncontrollable sugar cravings.
Powerfully antifungal, Pau D’Arco is most well known for its Candida fighting abilities. It contains several classes of compounds; lapachol, xyloidone and other napthaquinones – the most important of these being lapachol. In an overview of lapachol research published in 2007, it was found that lapachol has a significant effect against Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. Pau D’Arco will also loosen the bowels – not enough to cause diarrhoea – but enough to wash out old faecal matter, exposing the Candida yeast. In this way, Pau D’Arco offers a two-pronged attack against Candida overgrowth.
Whilst inflammation has its place as a valuable immune response, chronic inflammation is now thought to be the root cause of most diseases. If an overload of toxins from diet and the environment has built up in the body, this can turn the immune system on and make it highly reactive, leading to chronic inflammation. The risk of asthma, Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes can be avoided by reducing inflammation.
A study published in “The Journal of Toxicological Sciences” found that Pau D’Arco increases the expression of Nrf2-target genes in the intestine, a protein that protects against oxidative damage triggered by injury and inflammation. The study showed that the activation of Nrf2 could mediate the beneficial effects of Pau D’Arco, protecting the intestine which can be severely affected by inflammation.
Pau D’Arco contains some powerful antioxidant compounds including; quercetin, flavonoids and carnosol. Quercetin in particular is a prolific free radical scavenger, helping to slow down the aging process and lessening the effects of oxidative stress. It also stimulates the digestive system to keep food moving through the body – especially the colon, which can be likened to the sewage tank of the body – needing to be cleaned, emptied and maintained to function properly. This allows any unhealthy debris, excess fats and toxins to be eliminated regularly, keeping the colon clean and healthy.
Pau D’Arcos antiviral properties are legendary in its native South America with it being used as such for 1000’s of years. Viruses stopped in their tracks by Pau D’Arco tea range from the common cold to more serious viruses that can cause life threatening diseases. It has been shown to actively inhibit dangerous viruses through the beta-lapochone content which inhibits the enzymes in virus cells, directly affecting the synthesis of DNA and RNA. The virus is no longer able to take control of the reproductive processes of the cell meaning it can neither replicate itself or infect other cells.
Pau d’arco tea is a natural botanical that is derived from the inner bark of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa (Taheebo) tree grown in South America. The tea has been used for many centuries by the Indio tribes of South America, the ancient Incas and Aztecs were probably the first to be familiar with the teas wonderful properties.
- Help strengthen the immune system, to help resist chronic diseases.
- Supports the normal blood function.
- Helps the body replenish vital elements.
- Help improve appetite.
- When used as poultice (concentrated tea) can help in treating a variety of skin diseases including eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections and skin cancer.
Pau d’Arco not only helps the body recover, but additionally, its compounds such as lapacho fight against the cause of many ailments, including many of which were listed above as threats to the immune system. Pau d’Arco is proposed by some as a treatment for: candida and other fungus, viruses such as polio and influenza, arthritis, diabetes, parasites, bacteria, cancer, liver disease, fever, venereal and rheumatic disorders, skin disorders such as eczema, herpes and the mange, and more.
How To Use:
Pau d’arco extract is available in capsule, liquid, and powder form.
Traditionally, 2–3 teaspoons (10–15 grams) of the bark is simmered in water for 15 minutes and consumed as a tea 3 times per day.
But the beneficial compounds believed to give pau d’arco its effects are poorly extracted in water.
Liquid extracts of pau d’arco are a better choice because they’re made by dissolving the bark in alcohol, which draws out more of its potent compounds.
In fact, in a test-tube study examining various forms of pau d’arco, the liquid extract was the only form shown to inhibit tumor growth (19Trusted Source).
Manufacturers typically recommend taking 1–2 ml of the liquid extract 3 times daily.
You can also buy pau d’arco in capsule form. Its suggested dose is 2–4 capsules of 500 mg taken 1–2 times per day.
While dosage information remains limited, appropriate dosage may vary depending on factors like age and weight.
Pau d’arco may affect the blood’s ability to clot, and could interfere with any blood-thinning drugs you are taking, including:
PAU D’ARCO BARK (Tabebuia Avellanedae) C/s
From Central America
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.