Pau d'arco Herbal Remedies For the Cold and Flu

The Herb of the month this month is Pau d’arco. There is an interesting history for Pau d’arco on the South American continent. The medicinal uses of pau d’arco dates back thousands of years to the native Indians of Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. For thousands of years, maybe even predating the Inca’s, the native Indians have use the inner bark of this tree for medicinal purposes to treat colds, flu’s infections and fungal diseases. The bark of the pau d’arco tree has in recent years brought hope to the millions of people worldwide who are turning to botanical medicines. Traditionally used to treat ailments ranging from colds and flu’s to candida and fungal infections, pau d’arco is today one of the most widely used immunostimulants. In both Central and South America Pau d'arco has been used as an, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent, especially for treating candida infections. The natives and modern inhabitants have recorded numerous successes treating many invasive diseases with an extract derived from Pau d’arco called lapachol. In Peru, Pau d'arco has even been used to treat diabetes. Pau d’arco has been used as a single herb remedy but recent discoveries have found that Pau d’arco works well in combination with other herbs. The popularity and notoriety of Pau d’arco increased suddenly in the late sixties when newspaper and magazine reports in Brazil touted the health benefits and testing results of Pau d’arco.

Pau d'arco is the inner bark or heartwood of a tree that is a member of the bignonia family. Pau d’arco is also known by other names such as; lapacho and taheebo. There have been a few studies on lapachol in humans. An uncontrolled study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute in the early 1970s found no toxic effects on liver or kidney tissue. According to H. Wagner, head of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology at the University of Munich in Germany, much of the basis for Pau d’arco’s reputation is its immune-stimulating properties. Quinones are present in large amounts. They are involved in the transference of hydrogen and electrons. Lapachol, one of the quinines found in the inner bark, activates human immune cells (lymphocytes and granulocytes). Lymphocytes include cells that mediate immunological reactions. What this means is that if you have a common cold or flu and you need your immune system to go to work, Pau d’arco is the herb that will set the process in action. One of the strongest actions of Pau d’arco or lapacho is against viruses. The range of viruses inactivated by lapacho extends from those that cause the common cold to those that are responsible for AIDS. It has been shown to actively inhibit, kill or stunt the growth of several dangerous viruses. There is always a quest for a cure to the common cold. Pau d’arco may not be the “CURE” but it is certainly a great line of defense. When a miraculous herb like Pau d’arco is combined with other herbs like Astragalus and Echinacea the effects can be astounding. Grandma’s Herbs studies the herbs to great lengths and uses only the best herbs that have a great deal of medicinal history. We choose herbs have proven themselves over hundreds, even thousands, of years and have stood the modern scientific tests and trials to place in our herbal combinations. We use the most effective herbs with other herbs that have common constituents to aid in the process of becoming healthy. We believe that herbs in their natural form can deliver results without severe side effects. Our herbal formulas gain notoriety every day because they work.

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