Pau d'Arco Benefits

Pau d'Arco is a natural herb retrieved from the inner bark of the taheebo tree (scientifically known as Tabebuia Avellandae or Tabebuia Impetiginosa). This herb's proponents claim that it has a number of health benefits, many of which are covered on this page. Keep in mind that further details on some proposed Pau d'Arco benefits can be found on other pages throughout the website.

Pau d'Arco is claimed to strengthen the body's immune system, especially a weakened immune system due to one of many factors such as: chronic fatigue syndome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS or ME), fibromyalgia (FMS), Candida Albicans overgrowth (candidiasis, oral thrush, vaginal yeast infection, etc.), cancer and tumors, viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, cause of AIDS), antibiotic use, steroid use, etc.

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.

Pau d'Arco inner bark may be used to make tea, extract, tincture, capsules, pills, powder, as well as other methods of delivery. Each option should be considered based upon the individual as well as the conditions for which the Pau d'Arco is being used. Tea is likely the most commonly used form of medicinal Pau d'Arco, and is widely available in health and wellness stores, as well as various online stores throughout the Internet.

To receive the maximum benefits from Pau d'Arco, follow recommended dosage and administration. As a tea made from loose bark, drink 1 cup (8oz) 2-4 times per day. Approximately 1 tablespoon of loose bark per 8oz is a fair ratio, slow boiled for 20 minutes. As an extract, follow the directions given on the product's label. As a tincture (1:5 ratio), take 1 mL 2-3 times per day. In capsule or pill form, take 1000mg 3 times a day. If the instructions given by a doctor vary, then follow his rather than this information, as it is not professional in nature. If any product provides differing instructions, then look for professional assistance in making a determination.

Additional reading

You can read more about Pau d'Arco by going to the home page, or by visiting a page about one of its specific suggested benefits, like as an anti-inflammatory or a laxative.