Pau D'arco Herb - Uses And Side Effects
Other names :- Apacho, lapachol, lapacho morado, purple lapacho, red lapacho, roxo, taheebo, tajibo, trumpet bush, and trumpet tree.
Pau d'arco, or the inner bark of the Tabebuia avellanedae tree, is native to Brazil, where it is used traditionally to treat a wide range of conditions including pain, arthritis, inflammation of the prostate gland (prostatitis), fever, dysentery, boils and ulcers, and various cancers.
Pau d'arco herbal products come from the tree bark. Researchers have extensively investigated lapachol and xyloidone, compounds in the herb, for antibacterial activity. However, many commercial pau d'arco products don't contain lapachol.
The Tabebuia evergreen tree grows in the warm parts of Central and South America. Most pau d'arco comes from a tree in the Amazon rain forest called Tabebuia avellanedae. It is a broad-leaf evergreen that grows to a height of 125 feet and is distinguished by pink to violet colored flowers. Its extremely hard wood makes it resistant to disease and decay. In recent years, however, there has been an increasing demand for pau d'arco and, as a result, the trees are in danger of becoming extinct.
Common doses of pau d'arco
Pau d'arco comes as:
Some experts recommend the following doses:
Why people use pau d'arco
Side effects of pau d'arco
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of pau d'arco:
Combining herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Don't use pau d'arco while taking blood thinners.
Important paints to remember
What the research shows
Researchers have studied only some. of pau d'arco's chemical components-and found no evidence that they have benefits in treating any medical condition. Knowing that some chemicals in this herb could be toxic and that scientific data don't support herbalists' claims, most medical experts don't recommend using this herb.
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