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Pau D' Arco

Pau d’arco is native to South America, where it has been used to treat a wide range of conditions. 

The bark and wood of the tree are used externally and internally to treat arthritis, pain, inflammation of the prostate gland, fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers. One of the easiest ways to use pau d’arco is by consuming a tea made from the inner bark of pau d’arco or applying the tea water to the skin. Scientists have identified two active chemicals in pau d’arco called naphthoquinones; they are lapachol and beta-lapachone. These chemicals have the power to kill bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. They have also shown anti-inflammatory properties, which are important in treating health conditions such as osteoarthritis. 

Pau d’arco tea contains several compounds, including quinoids, benzenoids and flavonoids. These compounds have shown biological activity against harmful organisms. Pau d’arco also has a significant amount of lapachol, which comes from the stem of the tree.

A 2005 study published in Oncology Reports found that lapachol has great potential as an application in fighting metastasis, which is the spread of a cancer or other disease from one organ of the body to another. Metastasis is the major process responsible for the death in cancer patients, and the recent research involving lapachol is promising.

Lapachol is also used for its antioxidant and antimicrobial effects, but some research suggests that high doses of this compound can lead to dangerous side effects, like reproductive toxicity. Pau d’arco also contains another chemical called beta-lapachone, which has also demonstrated toxicity to harmful organisms, similar to lapachol.

Another powerful element of pau d’arco is selenium, an antioxidant that removes free radicals that damage cells and trigger disease. Selenium is an extremely vital mineral for the human body; some selenium benefits include its ability to increase immunity, take part in antioxidant activity that defends the body against free radical damageand inflammation, and play a key role in booting your metabolism.

According to a study conducted by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, consuming plenty of naturally occurring selenium has positive antiviral effects, is essential for successful male and female fertility and reproduction, plus reduces the risk of cancer, autoimmune and thyroid diseases. Low selenium status is associated with increased risk of mortality, poor immune function and cognitive decline.

1. Reduces Pain

Research shows that pau d’arco tea has the power to naturally reduce pain in patients suffering from cancer and other serious health conditions. It has the ability to lessen the pain associated with several kinds of cancer, especially cancer of the prostate, liver or breast. Arthritic pain is also been relieved after consuming pau d’arco tea.

A 2001 study published in BMC Pharmacology examined the antinociceptive (pain-reducing) and antiedematogenic (to reduce swelling) effects of pau d’arco inner bark that were measured by experimental models in mice that underwent pain stimulated by nerve cells. The inner bark aqueous extract, administered orally in three different concentrations, reduced the sensory process that provides the signals that lead to pain.

2. Fights Candida

Pau d’arco helps the body fight candida the natural way. Candida, also known as candidiasis, is a common yeast infection that can lead to many health problems, from a sore throat to serious stomach problems. The body normally produces yeast in the mouth, vagina, rectum and digestive tracts, and in normal amounts it remains harmless; however, if the body’s natural pH balance is upset, candida symptoms can quickly grow out of control.

If you are suffering from headaches, an inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, chronic fatigue syndrome, sugar addiction and stomach problems, you may be suffering from an overproduction of yeast and candida. A common symptom is thrush, which is an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth or vagina. If left untreated, candida weakens the immune system — allowing more serious diseases to take hold.

3. Reduces Inflammation

An overactive immune system results in the body being flooded with defense cells and hormones that damage tissues. Dietary and environmental toxins build up in the body, and this turns the immune system on — keeping it highly reactive; this is what lead toinflammation, which is at the root of most diseases. By reducing inflammation in the body, you avoid serious health conditions like asthma, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and Parkinson’s disease.

 4. Heals Ulcers

Ulcers are burns that form in the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract. When they occur in the stomach, they’re called gastric ulcers. If they form in the first part of your small intestine, the duodenum, they’re referred to as duodenal ulcers.

Peptic ulcer disease begins when a weakness in your stomach or intestinal lining allows acid to create an erosion or sore in the lining. It’s the most common type of stomach disease, according to the American Gastroenterology Association. Ulcers are caused by an increase in stomach acid caused by stress, medications, diet, smoking, alcohol or H. pylori, a type of bad bacteria. The most common ulcer symptom is a burning pain aggravated by stomach acid that comes in contact with the ulcerated area.

A 2013 study published in Phytotherapy Research found that pau d’arco extract significantly accelerated the healing of acetic acid induced gastric ulcers in rats by increasing mucus content and cell proliferation. This suggests that pau d’arco could be a treatment for peptic ulcer diseases in humans. Peptic ulcers refer to painful sores or ulcers that are in the lining of the stomach or first part of the small intestine, called the duodenum. This is typically a result of an imbalance of digestive fluids in the stomach and intestine. An infection occurs, and too much bad bacteria leads to symptoms, including burning pain, nausea, internal bleeding, heartburn and bloating.

5. Fights Cancer

One of the most well-known benefits of pau d’arco tea is its ability to fight cancer and relieve pain associated with cancer. A study conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found that beta-Lapachone, a major compound in pau d’arco tea, is apotential compound to be added to cancer chemotherapy, particularly for prostate cancer.

Another 2002 study concluded that beta-lapachone is one of a few novel anticancer drugs currently under active investigation, and it shows promise for chemotherapy alone and especially in combinations. This powerful compound caused cancer cell death in mice, and the mice did not appear to be adversely affected by the treatment.

6. Provides Antiviral & Antifungal Properties

For thousands of years, pau d’arco has been used as an antiviral herb. The range of viruses stunted by pau d’arco tea extends from those that cause the common cold to those that are responsible for the life-threatening AIDS virus. It has been shown to actively inhibit, kill or stunt the growth of several dangerous viruses, including herpes, polio, vesicular stomatitis, avian myeloblastosis, leukemia and rous sarcoma virus.

The beta-lapochone present in pau d’arco actually inhibits the enzymes in virus cells, which directly affects the synthesis of DNA and RNA. The virus is then no longer able to take control over the reproductive processes of the cell, so it can neither replicate itself nor infect other cells.

Pau d’arco tea has the power to aid in the healing of skin wounds and infections. It’s commonly used to reduce redness and swelling due to skin infections and irritations. This is because of its antifungal and antibacterial properties.

7. Detoxifies the Body

Pau d’arco tea detoxifies the body by removing harmful toxic substances; these toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives and even residue from chemotherapy.

Pau d’arco works as a detoxifier by having a laxative effect. It’s known to loosen bowels, which aids digestion and regularity. By stimulating the digestive system, pau d’arco tea helps the body rid itself of excess fats and toxins. It’s important to keep foods moving through your body, especially the colon. The colon is the body’s sewage system, but like all healthy and properly functioning sewage systems, it needs to be cleaned, emptied and maintained to function properly.

When we eat highly processed, refined or “fake” foods, our colons become laden with the unhealthy debris from these foods. For this reason, it’s vital to consume detoxifying foods and drinks, like pau d’arco tea, in order to maintain a clean and healthy body. Pau d’arco tea consumption is one of the best ways to detox; blood vessels, the lymph system, cells, tissue and organs are all detoxified, which allows the body’s systems to function properly and efficiently.

How to Use Pau D’arco Tea

When purchasing pau d’arco products, make sure to read the ingredients carefully. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is in pau d’arco products because they’re labeled as pau d’arco or lapacho — but do not always contain pau d’arco (which belongs to the Tabebuia species). In some cases, they contain the related species, Tecoma curialis.

Some product labels state that the product contains the inner bark of pau d’arco, which is thought by some people to be more effective, when in fact the product contains only the outer bark. For this reason, purchase pau d’arco from reputable companies that have clear ingredient labels. The most potent part of the tree is the inner bark, and it must be aged after harvesting to maximize its effectiveness; however, many companies try to sell the outer bark or harvest it from immature trees.

Consuming high doses of pau d’arco can lead to nausea, diarrhea and dizziness, so it’s important to start with a very small dose and see how your body reacts. If your body is too sensitive to drinking pau d’arco tea or taking supplements, then you can still use the product externally to treat infections.

Some pau d’arco tea uses include:

  • fighting candida or an internal thrush infection by flushing out the area (create a douche with tea)
  • treat skin infections by soaking a cloth in pau d’arco tea and applying it to effected areas 

Pau d’arco can delay clotting and might interfere with treatment in people with bleeding disorders; it may increase the chances of bruising as well. This can also increase the chance of bleeding during and after surgery. Make sure to stop using pau d’arco at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery; also, avoid using blood-clotting medications such as anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs.

 Pau D' Arco - Lapacho

Lapacho, czyli "herbata Inków", to napój, którego właściwości i lecznicze działanie już dawno odkryły plemiona Ameryki Środkowej i Południowej. W tradycyjnej medycynie Indian Ameryki Łacińskiej lapacho do dzisiaj stosuje się praktycznie na wszystkie dolegliwości - na przeziębienie, grzybicę, a nawet na raka. Jednak specjaliści ostrzegają - lapacho może także powodować działania niepożądane i istnieje wiele przeciwwskazań dotyczących jego stosowania.

Lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa), inaczej pau d'arco, ipe roxo, taheebo lub tahuari, to nazwa rosnącego w lasach deszczowych Ameryki Środkowej i Południowej drzewa. Z wewnętrznej warstwy jego kory pozyskuje się susz, na bazie którego przygotowuje się napój nazywany lapacho lub "herbatą Inków". Jego właściwości i lecznicze działanie doceniły plemiona Inków, które stosowały go niemalże na wszystkie dolegliwości. Współczesne badania naukowe potwierdzają niektóre z właściwości zdrowotnych lapacho. Jednak specjaliści zaznaczają, że "herbata Inków" może mieć też działania niepożądane, dlatego istnieją pewne przeciwwskazania dotyczące jej stosowania.

Lapacho ("herbata Inków") – działanie i właściwości lecznicze

"Herbata Inków" od wieków jest stosowana przez plemiona Ameryki Środkowej i Południowej w leczeniu niemalże wszystkich dolegliwości. Na przykład dla plemienia Garifuna z Nikaragui odwar z kory lapacho jest  lekiem przeciwgorączkowym i przeciwbiegunkowym. Z kolei w Kolumbii Indianie Tikuna traktują wywar z całej rośliny jako lek na anemię i malarię, a także jako płukankę na bolące gardło. Z kolei Indianie peruwiańscy leczą wywarem z kory cukrzycę. "Herbata Inków" znalazła zastosowanie także jako lek na zapalenie stawów, wrzody żołądka czy chorobę Parkinsona. Zwolennicy lapacho twierdzą również, że łagodzi infekcje, zmniejsza stany zapalne, wspomaga trawienie, wzmacnia system odpornościowy, wypłukuje toksyny z organizmu, a także chroni przed chorobami układu krążenia i nadciśnieniem tętniczym. Niektórzy stosują przegotowaną korę zewnętrznie (jako okład) w leczeniu stanów zapalnych, zakażeń grzybiczych, wyprysków i ran. Jakie są więc rzeczywiste właściwości lapacho?

Z badań laboratoryjnych i tych przeprowadzonych na zwierzętach wynika, że "herbata Inków" rzeczywiście wykazuje potencjalne działanie lecznicze. Zawdzięcza je takim składnikom, jak liczne pierwiastki mineralne (wapń, żelazo, magnez, mangan oraz potas), kwercetyna, karnasol, koenzym Q10, alkaloidy, kwasy hydrobenzoesowe oraz saponiny steroidowe. Jednak szczególne właściwości przypisuje się dwóm substancjom czynnym wyizolowanym z lapacho - pierwsza z nich to lapachol, a druga beta-lapachon.

Testy laboratoryjne wykazały, że kora z drzewa lapacho stymuluje do działania komórki układu odpornościowego zwane makrofagami. Z kolei z innych badań wynika, że wyciąg z kory może zabić bakterie ( gronkowce i paciorkowce) i grzyby (w tym Candida albicans). Naukowcy przekonują również, że lapacho działa na wirusa Herpes simplex (opryszczki) oraz na różne wirusy grypy. W związku z tym "herbata Inków" możne mieć właściwości immunostymulujące, czyli wzmacniające układ odpornościowy człowieka.

Ponadto wykazano, że "herbata Inków" pozytywnie wpływa na działanie układu pokarmowego. Polecana jest zwłaszcza osobom zmagającym się z wrzodami. Lapacho zmniejsza bowiem wydzielanie kwasu żołądkowego, a zwiększa wydzielanie śluzu, a tym samym łagodzi objawy choroby wrzodowej. W badaniach laboratoryjnych wykazano również, że lapacho zwalcza bakterię Helicobacter pylori,która wywołuje wrzody żołądka.