Pau d’arco traditionally came from the Amazon rainforests where it was used because of it parasite killing properties.
Now we know it to strengthen the body’s immune system, especially a weakened immune system. It is reported to be beneficial for conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, myalgic encephalomyelitis, fibromyalgia, candidiasis, (oral thrush, vaginal yeast infection, etc.), viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, cause of AIDS), antibiotic use, steroid use and finally for cancers and tumours.
I love this herb it is such a mutli-functional and multi-faceted herb. Pau d’Arco not only helps the body recover, but additionally, its compounds such as lapacho fight against the cause of many ailments.
Other properties include:
- Preventative during cold and flu season
- Effective blood purifier
- Stimulates production of red blood cells
- Fights parasites
- Speeds skin wound healing
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.