Pau D’ Arco is found deep in the rainforests of the Amazon and in South and Latin America and is known for it’s strong fungal cleansing properties. It is also known as lapacho and it is recorded to be used by forest inhabitants throughout the Amazon to support good health. In the United States it is a very popular natural remedy for candida and yeast infections.
According to research, the chemical constituents of Pau D’Arco are quinoids, and a small quantity of benzenoids and flavonoids. These quinoids (and, chiefly, anthraquinones, furanonaphthoquinones, lapachones, and naphthoquinones) have shown the most documented biological activity and are seen to be main constituents attributing to the plant’s efficacy as an herbal remedy. For research purposes the naphthoquinones were renamed lapachol.
According to the phytochemical database housed at the U.S department of Agriculture lapachol is documented as having many benefits. It’s not surprising that pau d’arco’s beneficial effects were seen to stem from its lapachol content.
There is yet another chemical in pau d’arco, beta-lapachone, which is currently undergoing a large amount of research and has demonstrated in laboratory studies to have activities similar to lapachol (toxic to harmful organisms), with few side-effects.
Primary Actions of Pau D’ Arco (in order of importance):
Supports fungal cleansing and healthy candida levels
Summary of common uses of Pau D’ Arco:
Candida, yeast, toenail fungus, nail fungus, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections
Some of the well Documented actions of Pau D’ Arco which are backed by solid research:
The University of Maryland Medical Center stated “Preliminary laboratory research examining the properties of pau d’arco is beginning to suggest that the traditional uses may have scientific merit. Taking this early data, combined with information collected about traditional uses, herbalists may recommend pau d’arco for a number of conditions. Pau d’arco may also calm redness and swelling of the joints.”
Buyer Beware – There are many Pau D’ Arco supplements which are very low quality and contain little to no lapachol which is one of the most active ingredients. You should research the source of Pau D’Arco and also check to make sure it comes from the inner bark which is the most potent part of the tree. It should also be organically grown to ensure that it is free of chemical and pesticide residues.
The Pau D’ Arco contained in Mycozil is Organically Certified Inner Bark to ensure optimum potency against fungus.
There are very little side effects reported with Pau D’ Arco use however some people experience stomach upset or nausea with large amounts. Also, those people who are taking blood thinners should consider consulting with their Physician or Dietitian as Pau D’ Arco has anti-coagulant (blood thinning) properties.
Caution – Pau D’ Arco should not be used during pregnancy!