|Most Common Name:||Pau D'Arco|
Name:||Tabebuia Avellanedae Lorentz|
Known As (other names):||Lapacho, Taheebo|
Pau D'Arco tree (Tabebuia Avellanedea), a beautiful tree with stunning pink
trumpet or lily like flowers, is native to South America. The inner bark is used
as the source for Pau D'Arco that contains Lapachol, which was traditionally
taken as a tea for many ailments by many of the South American tribes for
Although the original and traditional use of this herb was
exceptionally varied from fevers, pain relief colds and raspatory problems to
more severe and often incurable diseases like Cancer, Arhritis and Syphilis, it
has lately emerged predominantly as a means of combating Cancer and to stimulate
the immune system.
Although this herb was tested and passed by the US Food
and Drug Administration it did cause diarrhoea and nausea in some patients
that were taking this herb in large quantities.
This Herb is available in
capsules, tincture or extract. Do not take this herb without first consulting a
doctor or someone else with detailed knowledge of the effects an dosages.
Use for/In treatment of:
Immune function enhancer||Candida
|Analgesic|| || |
|Below we list
reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous
research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide
information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects,
if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents.
We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary
considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with
the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.|
Lapachol: Lapachol from Pau D'Arco is a
Naphthaquinones: Characterised by their very
dark color, naphthaquinones have antimicrobial, anti-tumour and antifungal
been subjected to several studies and tests going back as far as the mid- 1960s
and there is significant indications that it is effective as an anti-tumour
Anthraquinones: Occurring mostly as glycosides
anthraquinones are brown to yellow pigments traditionally used as fabric dyes.
In experiments it was concluded that Anthraquinones pass
through the digestive tract unaltered until they get to the colon where they are
converted to Dianthones which are then turned into anthrone which has a laxative
effect increasing peristaltic action and inhibiting the absorption of water by
Anthraquinones are pale yellow thin prisms that are
insoluble in water and has caused tumours in rats that have ingested it.
Anthraquinone can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and
allergic reactions if applied to the skin.
Flavonoids: Flavonoids occur (as white and yellow plant pigments
found almost as commonly as chlorophyll) as Glycosides or in a free state. In
plants it is essential for protecting plant tissue from UV radiation and acts as
antioxidants. As pigments it is also responsible for Autumn colors in leaves and
yellow/red pigmentation in flowers.
Laboratory experiments have been
conducted on the beneficiary effect of Flavonoids on the heart and circulatory
system. Flavonoids are also used to mitigate stress, especially environmental
stress. Flavonoids are often used for their antioxidant effect against free
radicals. There are also strong indications that they have antiviral,
anti-inflammatory and anti-hypertensive properties but dosage has not been
determined which will obviously have a profound effect on their efficacy as a
component of this herb.
Coumarins: Coumarins are lactones of hydroxycinnamic
acids. Coumarins are lactones. There are many variations of coumarins: Furanocoumarins found in Angelica have a
spasmolitic effect but must be used with caution as they have a strong
phototoxic effect as has many of the Furanocoumarins (Warfarin a blood thinning
drug but also virulent rat poison, is a coumarin derivative). In general
coumarins have antifungal, hypotensive, anticoagulant and antimicrobial properties.
Many of the Coumarins are phototoxic and skin sensitising.
Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's
functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.
Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and
Benzoic Acid: An aromatic acid (product of the shikimic acid
Contraindications, do not use if:
causes diarrhoea|| || |
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and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in
certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we
will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list
of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an
appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.|
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