Native to the rainforests of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, Pau d'Arco is a very large broad-leaf evergreen. In the spring it is covered with a thick cluster of pink or red trumpet shaped flowers. It can also be found in other tropical areas of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean Islands. Pau d'Arco is commonly used as a tea for candida fungal infections, inflammation, and other infections. Some people believe that the tea can cure cancer. Because of its popularity, Pau d' Arco is now in danger of becoming extinct.
Not only is Pau d'Arco known for relief of vaginal candidiasis and oral thrush candidiasis, it also has some antibiotic and antifungal properties. Some believe it can reduce the inflammation of arthritis. The active ingredient lapachol has the ability to block fungal infections and wipe out intestinal parasites. It is also helpful in killing infections like yeast, herpes simplex, influenza, and even polio.Dosage and Administration
The following are recommended doses based on supplementation form:
- As a tea from loose bark boil 1 tsp in 1 cup water (8 oz) for 5 to 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup 2-8 times a day.
- As an extract follow the directions on the product label.
- As a Tincture (1:5) take 1 mL 2-3 times per day.
- In capsules of 1,000 mg take 1 capsule 3 times per day.
Always check with a doctor before use. Not recommended for children.