What are the benefits of Pau D’Arco Tea?
What are the Benefits of Pau D’Arco Tea?
In this article I’ll help you decide if you should use Pau d’Arco to supplement your antifungal treatment and prevent future yeast infections. I’ll discuss the scientific evidence behind Pau d’Arco and how it’s used to treat and prevent different types of candidiasis. I’ll also tell you why I think Pau d’Arco is a safe option and suggest other natural remedies for yeast infection that may prove more effective and beneficial to your health.
What Is Pau D’arco?
Pau D’arco is a herbal medicine that grows in the Amazon jungle and has been used in Latin America as a remedy for a spectrum of health ailments. Its active ingredients, namely lapachol and beta-lapachol, have been shown to be effective against Candida Albicans as well as a strain more difficult to treat called Candida glabrata. For this reason, Pau D’Arco has become a commonly used herbal remedy for yeast infection and is still growing in popularity.
However, the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of Pau d’Arco is very limited and many reputable sources claim that Pau d’Arco is potentially unsafe. It may cause side effects when taken in high amounts. 1.5 g of lapachol a day is considered unsafe but it’s difficult to establish its amount in tea obtained from Pau d’Arco bark.
What’s the Evidence that Pau D’Arco Works?
There aren’t many clinical studies done on humans that confirm the effectiveness of Pau D’Arco against Candida cells. Let’s take a look at two studies I found:
- A 2007 study concluded that lapachol is an effective antifungal against Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Cryptococcus neoformans, probably because it interacts with the celular membranes of Candida cells.
- A study done in 1992 focused on women with chronic yeast infections. It was reported that the group that supplemented their antifungal treatment with Pau D’Arco recovered faster than the group who did not use it. It may be due to Pau D’Arco’s strengthening effect on our immune system making it more efficient in defending itself from pathogens and other harmful microorganisms.
As you can see, the evidence for Pau d’Arco’s antifungal qualities is very limited and the last study showing some level of effectiveness was done 10 years ago. There are other natural remedies supported by much more up-to-date scientific research such as cranberry juice, aloe vera and propolis.
How to Take Pau D’Arco Tea?
If you still want to try Pau d’Arco tea to treat and prevent your yeast infection, you should choose premium quality tea to make sure it’s free from unwanted chemicals and toxins. Frontier Natural Products Co-Op Pau d’Arco Bark is a great choice, according to reviewers.
To prepare Pau d’Arco tea brew 2 teaspoons of bark in 4 cups of boiling water for 20 minutes. After letting it cool off for at least 1 hour, you can start drinking tea in small portions throughout the day.
So what are the Benefits of Pau d’Arco Tea?
Although there’s very limited evidence for health benefits of Pau d’Arco tea, apart from being used to treat Candida infections, it’s also believed to:
- boost your immune system helping you prevent fungal and bacterial infections
- kill bacteria and viruses accelerating your recovery from infections such as flu and common cold, and preventing new ones
- have an anti-inflammatory effects and is reported to relieve pain and joint diseases
- have an anticancer effect
- relieve the symptoms of stomach ulcers and gastritis
However, there if you’re looking for a natural remedy that offers similar health benefits and is supported by substantial scientific research, propolis seems to be a much better choice than Pau d’Arco.
Does Pau d’Arco Have any Side Effects?
Pau d’Arco is considered potentially unsafe but it rarely produces any side effects. However, as with any herbal remedies, caution is advised. Before starting to use Pau d’Arco, it’s important to remember that:
- Pau D’arco has a blood thinning effect so it should not be used by people on blood thinning medication and those awaiting or recovering from surgery.
- Its effect on breastfeeding and pregnant women is unknown, so it’s recommended they avoid it.
- If consumed in high amounts, it may cause digestive issues such as diarrhea or stomach ache.
It’s important to remember that there’s is not enough scientific evidence on the effects of Pau d’Arco on human health, so it may be potentially toxic and harmful especially if taken in high amounts for a long period of time. If you decide to start using Pau d’Arco to treat and prevent Candida infections, make sure you contact your health practitioner first.
If you’re suffering from a yeast infection and looking for a natural herbal remedy, some claim that Pau d’Arco can prove very effective. It may not only supplement your antifungal treatment, but also help you prevent yeast infections in future, if used on regular basis. Apart from having an antifungal effect, it can help you fight and prevent other kinds of infections and relieve inflammation and pain. However, I wouldn’t recommend Pau d’Arco as a safe treatment option for Candida infections.
There’s not enough evidence supporting its antifungal properties and any other health benefits it supposedly offers. It’s generally considered as potentially unsafe and can be toxic when taken in high doses. On top of that, when drinking Pau d’Arco tea you cannot be sure about the amount of Lapachol that you’re consuming, so it may end up causing more harm then good. Why risk your health if there are much safer natural remedies for a yeast infection supported by substantial scientific research?
If you’re currently suffering from a vaginal yeast infection and looking for a potent natural remedy, check my article about boric acid. Boric acid suppositories will help you recover quickly even if you’re suffering from recurrent and persistent yeast infections. Coupled with propolis of cranberry juice it will be a very effective solution if you prefer a 100% natural treatment.
Have you every used Pau d’Arco tea to treat or prevent yeast infections? I’d love to hear from you! Please share your comments and questions in the comment section below.