🌿Pau D’Arco💛 💖 Taheebo (the tree Pau D'Arco comes from) is a huge canopy tree native to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical parts of South and Latin America. It grows to 30 m high and the base of the tree can be 2–3 m in diameter. As well as being native to Central and South America, Pau D'Arco is also cultivated in sub-tropical North America. 🌳 The bark and wood of the Pau D’Arco tree have been used in traditional medicine by indigenous people for centuries. Several rainforest tribes have been known to use it for treating a variety of ailments including malaria, anemia, colitis, respiratory illness, coughs and colds, yeast and fungal infections, fever, arthritis, circulatory problems, skin conditions, and even 🐍 snakebite. Pau d’Arco contains several classes of active chemicals known as naphthoquinones, the most powerful of which are lapachol and beta-lapachone. 🔬Lab tests have shown that these amazing naphthoquinones are able to kill a variety of 🦠 bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. 🔆 🌸 Pau d’arco is an evergreen tree that has yellow or rose-colored flowers. There are nearly 100 species of pau d’arco, but only a few yield high-quality material plus, it takes extremely skilled gatherers to know what species are the most effective. The medicinal part of the tree is the bark, specifically the inner lining of the bark, called the phloem (pronounced floam). Unfortunately, many companies use the whole bark, containing the dead wood too, and this naturally dilutes the activity of the material. 🍃
It has shown particular effectiveness in the area of Candida infection and has been observed to directly inhibit 11 different species of candida, including the most common Candida albicans. 💊
Pau D’arco has shown substantial promise towards successfully combatting drug-resistant candida strains as well and have been successfully used where pharmaceutical treatment has failed. 🤰🏽 Pregnant or breastfeeding women are not advised to take Pau d’Arco.
Those who suffer from blood thinning disorders or preparing for surgical procedures are also not recommended to commence a Pau d’Arco supplementation program, as it is known to thin the blood.