Pau d'arco, also called lapacho or taheebo, comes from the inner bark of Tabebuia trees native to Central and South America. This herb contains naphthoquinones - chemical compounds with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Pau d'arco herbal preparations are used to treat candidiasis (vaginal and oral yeast infections), warts, ringworm, herpes simplex, flu, tumors, allergies, ulcers, diabetes, rheumatism, inflammatory bowel disease, and some cardiovascular problems.
Pau d'arco is available in the following forms: dried bark tea and extracts (alcohol and non-alcohol). Always purchase brands known for quality, as pau d'arco is not standardized.
Guidelines and Cautions
Always follow package directions.
Excessive consumption of pau d'arco may cause nausea.
Do not take pau d'arco if you have had a problem with blood clots.
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