PAU D'ARCO TEA|
(infusio Tabebuia serratifolia)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Pau d'arco (Surinam greenheart or Taheebo) is a huge flowering tree, native to rainforests throughout Central- and South America.
The inner bark that is used, contains more than 20 active compounds including the flavonoids lapachol, quercetin and other flavonoids*.
This tree has numerous medicinal applications; the wood is one of the hardest and most sought after available.
It is one of the largest and strongest of tropical forest trees, growing up to 150 feet tall while the base can be 4 to 7 feet in diameter.
Anthraquinones, ascorbic -acid, beta-carotene (carotenoid), beta-sitosterol, beta-lapachone & lapachol (naphthoquinone compounds), quercetin (bioflavnoid), Calcium, Chromium, Chrysophanic-acid, Cobalt, Fat, Fiber, Iron, Lapachol, Magnesium, Naphthoquinones, Niacin (vitamin B3), Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Selenium, Silicon, Thiamin (vitamin B1), Zinc.
Two main bioactive components have been isolated from Tabebuia; lapachol and ß-lapachone (beta lapachone). The last one is considered to be the main anti-tumor compound. Tumor and pro-apoptotic effects were observed in vitro. Some mechanistic studies on this compound's molecular effects have been conducted. The drug appears to be generally safe and one of the most important interactions of this plant has been associated with interference in the biological cycle of Vitamin K in the body. ß-lapachone inhibits DNA topoisomerase (enzymes controlling the topology of DNA in all cells).
Topoisomerase inhibitors (including beta-lapachone) seem to be effective against several types of cancer, including lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers and malignant melanoma.
Since cancer cells grow and reproduce at a much faster rate than normal cells, they are more vulnerable to topoisomerase inhibition than normal cells. Beta-lapachone also interferes with the replication of HIV-1, a virus that causes AIDS, thereby slowing the advancement of this disease.
Two drugs from the yew tree, Taxol (paclitaxel) and Taxotere (docetaxel) are currently considered to be the most important drugs in cancer chemotherapy. Both of them have shown some results in treatment of hormone refractory prostate cancer.
In a preclinical new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report that a two-drug therapy using Taxol and beta-lapachone, artificially rebuilds the cell's quality-control system and can completely destroy human tumor cells grown in laboratory animals.
Used to treat numerous conditions like bacterial and fungal infections, fever, syphilis, malaria, trypanosomiasis, as well as stomach and bladder disorders.
Treatment of cancer (inhibit growth of tumors).
Infections (relief of vaginal candidiasis and oral thrush candidiasis).
It has antibiotic and antifungal properties making it a powerful natural antibiotic.
Pau D’Arco is also a very effective antifungal agent. The constituent lapachol has been shown to inhibit the growth of Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Cryptococcus neoformans.
It is applied directly to the skin for Candida yeast infections.
Pau d’arco is also used against parasitic (intestinal parasites).
Other applications are against respiratory problems and prostatitis.
Adults: 30 drop (1 ml). 2 - 3 times a day in water.
Infusion (herbal tea):
1 - 1½ tsp in 1 cup very hot water (8 oz); steep for 20 minutes.
1 cup 1 - 2 times a day; the tea is caffeine free.
Side effects and / or interactions
Nausea and dizziness.
Pau d'arco is a blood thinner and may potentiate the effects of anticoagulations / antiplatelets. It could interfere as such with blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin (Coumadin), Clopidogrel (Plavix) and Aspirin.
Do not take while pregnant or breast feeding; do not take in excessive amounts.
*Flavonoids: these are important antioxidants, and have also many other excellent health effects such as anti-cancer and antiviral.
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The above presentation is for informational and educational purposes only.
It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescribed (RX) or over - the - counter (OTC) medication is also available.
Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using dietary supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications.
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