Pau d'arco fights viruses, bacteria, cancer
Common names: Pau d'arco, taheebo, lapacho
Scientific name: Tabebuia avellandedae
Common uses: antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer, arthritis
Relatively new to Western herbalists, pau d'arco is harvested from the bark of the lapacho tree in South America. It has been heavily investigated for its apparent ability to fight certain types of cancer. It is currently under investigation for its anticancer properties as well as its potential in combating herpes, diabetes, arthritis and hypoglycemia.
Traditional use of pau d'arco by South American natives and other groups has targeted blood disorders, candidiasis, infections, liver disease, ringworm, ulcers, anemia, parasitic infection, skin diseases, inflammatory disorders, and pain.
Taking pau d'arco as a tea is usually the recommended form and is considered safe. Rare side effects may include mild nausea or a mild laxative effect. Rotating pau d'arco therapy with mathake tea is sometimes advised. There are some products available that contain only isolated and condensed lapacho compounds. Do not take these; instead, use the whole herb.
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