Pau D’Arco: Amazonian Antitoxin

Pau d’Arco is an herb that thrives in the Amazon rainforests as well as in other regions of South America. Its bark has been used for centuries by the indigenous Latin Americans for a wide variety of health concerns primarily because of its highly resistant nature against harmful organisms. Today, it is still being used to address liver problems, allergies, and yeast and candida infections.

How It Works

The medicinal herb contains various compounds including quinoids, flavonoids, and benzenoids which have demonstrated amazing biological activity in fighting intruding microorganisms. Likewise, a considerable amount of the herb’s benefits can be attributed to its rich lapachol content. According to the US Department of Agriculture, lapachol is a compound that is highly resistant and toxic to almost all kinds of harmful organisms. The herb also contains beta-lapachone, a chemical that, based on recent studies, is also lethal to dangerous organisms just like lapachol.

Common Uses and Benefits

The herb has been a mainstay in traditional medicine for many centuries. A lot of studies have been done to confirm if it deserves the recognition. It has been proven that the medicinal herb helps accelerate the process of wound healing and it provides protection against staph infection. Its extract has been hailed as the new therapy for illnesses that result to swelling and redness. According to the Western Regional Research Center of the Department of Agriculture, the herb has antioxidant properties that may be useful for the treatment of various serious diseases.

Its Role in the Fight Against Harmful organisms

The alarming rate of increase in the number of drug-resistant strains today has caught the attention and triggered the concerns of the scientific community. This prompted scientists and medical researches to focus their studies on therapeutic plants and other alternative options.

Pau d’Arco, a popular herb used traditionally in Haiti and in many parts of South America to fight various infectious diseases, is among the traditional cures that have caught much attention and interest.

Researchers have studied the medicinal herb’s activity against the candida virus. It showed potential in the treatment of vaginitis, a condition that is caused by candida. Through therapeutic douching, the herb demonstrated positive results against candida infections. This was corroborated by researchers in Brazil and Spain, who were able to document the herb’s similar toxic qualities against yeast and fungi.

Meanwhile, researchers at Nigeria’s University of Ibadan College of Medicine discovered that extracts of the herb demonstrated a similar pattern of activity against dangerous organisms.  All these researches and studies only confirm the great potentials that the herb possesses in addressing many infectious diseases.

Pau d’Arco as a Nutritional Supplement

Not too many side effects have been reported on the use of the supplement, although it is highly possible to suffer from nausea and upset stomach if the herb is ingested in high doses. People under medication, specifically those taking blood thinners, must first consult with their doctor prior to taking the supplement. Nursing and pregnant women, on the other hand, should refrain completely from taking Pau d’arco as a supplement.

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