Pau d’Arco for Strengthening our Immune System

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Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, candida, cancer, inflammation – Pau d’Arco is a natural pain reducer, can detoxify the body, heal ulcers, as well as aid in recovering from many viruses and disorders. Pau d’Arco is made from the inner bark of the of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa tree predominately grown in Central and South America and has been used for centuries, even dating back to the Incas and Aztecs. We will begin with the benefits of Pau d’Arco shared by Paudarco.org. Make sure you read through to the end of the article for the precautions, especially if you have bleeding issues.

Benefits Pau d’Arco bark has active principles, mainly lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids. The dried inner bark of Pau d’Arco can be used as a tea which has a taste that is just a little bit harsh, and a color that may remind you of sepia-toned photographs. Some claim that it is useful in managing diabetes. It is also suggested that this plant is useful in treating other medical conditions, amongst which are fibromyalgia (FMS) and lupus (SLE). This herbal tea is used by many during the cold and flu season, and is a remedy for smoker’s cough. Another medicinal use of Pau d’Arco is as an expectorant: to promote “coughing up” by the lungs in order to free mucus and contaminants that had been lodged there.

Pau d’Arco tea or tincture concoctions have reportedly had beneficial effects for cancer patients, anywhere from alleviation of chemotherapy symptoms to complete remission of tumors. According to Dr. Daniel Mowrey, who has become somewhat famous in the area of Pau d’Arco supporters, anti-cancer benefits can be had from Lapacho (the active compound), without any side effects being noticed (but see cautions page for potential side effects). Taheebo, another name that is used for this tea, is suggested to have been helpful to many. Candida Albicans, a fungus which causes yeast infections, has also been treated by the Pau d’Arco herb. Aside from patients dealing with candida problems, those with other issues involving fungi or yeasts — such as Aspergillus — may also be helped due to the antifungal nature of lapachol. Moreover, it is claimed that certain bacteria are affected by this compound, so help may also be available for people with issues of that nature, including: C. diff, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori (common cause of stomach ulcers), Brucella, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and dysentery. This herb is claimed to be useful as an antioxidant. Moreover, Pau d’Arco is confirmed as being an antiparisitic against various parasites, including: malaria, schistosoma, and trypanosoma. Antiviral uses have been displayed by Pau d’Arco against several viruses, one of which is vesicular stomatitis virus, shortened as VSV. Additionally, the herb has even demonstrated usefulness in fighting inflammation.

Whether used in tincture, capsule, or as the tea – make sure your product is made from the inner bark lining where the phloem of the Tabebuia Avellanedae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa tree is found. We will now join Dr. Axe with some nutrition facts and a recipe for the tea form.

Pau D’arco Tea Nutrition Facts – Pau d’arco tea contains several compounds, including quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids. These compounds have shown biological activity against harmful organisms. Pau d’arco also has a significant amount of lapachol, which comes from the stem of the tree. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, lapachol is known be toxic and resistant to nearly all types of harmful organisms. A 2005 study published in Oncology Reports found that lapachol has great potential as an application in fighting metastasis, which is the spread of a cancer or other disease from one organ of the body to another. Metastasis is the major process responsible for the death in cancer patients, and the recent research involving lapachol is promising. Lapachol is also used for its antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, but some research suggests that high doses of this compound can lead to dangerous side effects, like reproductive toxicity. Pau d’arco also contains another chemical called beta-lapachone, which has also demonstrated toxicity to harmful organisms, similar to lapachol.

Another powerful element of pau d’arco is selenium, an antioxidant that removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease. Selenium is an extremely vital mineral for the human body; some selenium benefits include its ability to increase immunity, take part in antioxidant activity that defends the body against free radical damage and inflammation, and play a key role in booting your metabolism. According to a study conducted by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, consuming plenty of naturally occurring selenium has positive antiviral effects, is essential for successful male and female fertility and reproduction, plus reduces the risk of cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases. Low selenium status is associated with increased risk of mortality, poor immune function and cognitive decline.

How to Use Pau D’arco Tea – When purchasing pau d’arco products, make sure to read the ingredients carefully. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is in pau d’arco products because they’re labeled as pau d’arco or lapacho — but do not always contain pau d’arco (which belongs to the Tabebuia species). In some cases, they contain the related species, Tecoma curialis.

Some product labels state that the product contains the inner bark of pau d’arco, which is thought by some people to be more effective, when in fact the product contains only the outer bark. For this reason, purchase pau d’arco from reputable companies that have clear ingredient labels. The most potent part of the tree is the inner bark, and it must be aged after harvesting to maximize its effectiveness; however, many companies try to sell the outer bark or harvest it from immature trees.

Consuming high doses of pau d’arco can lead to nausea, diarrhea and dizziness, so it’s important to start with a very small dose and see how your body reacts. If your body is too sensitive to drinking pau d’arco tea or taking supplements, then you can still use the product externally to treat infections.

How to Make Pau D’arco Tea

Put 2 teaspoons of bark into 4 cups of boiling water.
Let the bark sit in the boiling water for 20 minutes.
Remove heat and let the bark cool for at least 1 hour.
Strain the water.
Drink tea in small portions throughout the day, or use tea water for external use and vaginal flush.

Possible Side Effects & Interactions of Pau D’arco Tea – When consumed in high doses, pau d’arco is possibly unsafe and can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and internal bleeding. If you are using pau d’arco, make sure to keep track of your doses and speak to your health care provider if you notice any of these side effects. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use pau d’arco because there is not enough information about the safety of these products. Pau d’arco can delay clotting and might interfere with treatment in people with bleeding disorders; it may increase the chances of bruising as well. This can also increase the chance of bleeding during and after surgery. Make sure to stop using pau d’arco at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery; also, avoid using blood-clotting medications such as anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs.

Go here to read the complete list of cautions shared by Paudarco.org. As we are not cookie cutter people what we share is for information purposes only – everyone’s health may respond differently to any and all supplements. Within the gift that we each one are responsible for our own health, do your own research and/or talk to your Natural Healthcare Provider about what may be most beneficial for your body’s requirements.

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