Does anybody here take Pau D'Arco in powder form? Do you think that it would be ok to just mix it with your meal?
And also...for how long can you take Pau D'Arco? I read somewhere that you can't take it for a longer period of time??
I already bought a 1pound of bark for tea and also 1 pound bark powder and now I am not sure how to use it. I read about the tincture, which was made with the powder or you can take capsules so I thought that instead of taking pills ( you are suppose to take it with meal) that you can just mix it with your meal...what do you think?
Raintree has a pound of powdered pau d' arc for $20 USD plus $9.95 USD shipping. Even with the pumped up shipping charge, not a bad price. Read the pdf file on the website on pau d' arco. Anecdotally at least, pau d'arco is effective against candida, but the active compounds are NOT very water soluable. Therefore, a tincture or decoction are the recommended methods for taking pau d' arco. I would probably make a decoction rather than simply sprinkle the pau d' arco on my food.
Rain Tree Nutricionals will respond to questions made by phone or e-mail. I ordered a pound of cat's claw from Rain Tree, and I was very pleased with the purchase. The product appeared to be fresh, and a bulk purchase of one pound is MUCH, MUCH cheaper than the equivalent amount of product in capsules.
Herbs are almost always better taken on an empty stomach for better absorption. Proteins and fats from diet can interfere with the absorption of some nutrients, and slows the absorption of nutrients. I generally take herbs at least 20 minutes before eating.
As for pau d' arco (lapacho, ipe roxo, taheebo), I have used the powder numerous times for inflammations and infections with great success. Pau d' arco contains 18 antiseptic anthraquinones and napthaquinones and 5 anti-inflammatories.
Pau d' arco is most effective when combined with sulfur bearing herbs. Traditionally yerba mate' is used, though I prefer to use chaparral, which is also antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Chaparral also helps raise vitamin C in the adrenals, which helps support the immune system.
I don't recommend tea bags. Tea bags inhibit the flow of water reducing extraction. And if you make a tea from the loose bark remember that it needs to be boiled rapidly for about 20 minutes, not just simmered or steeped.
Recommended dose is 1/2 tsp 3 times daily on an empty stomach for the powder. It is best to switch to something else after a month of use to prevent a resistance from building up. And because of its high iron content it needs to be avoided in people with hemochromotosis. The only side effects of high doses are diarrhea and some blood thinning. Some people develop allergies to it as well.
Thank you very much :) May I ask how do you take it? Pill form or just mix it with water? And how much?
I also have one more probably stupid question, sorry, but if you need to cook it for so long if taken as a tea, how is it posible to have the benefit from it if you just take it in powder form??
I would be happy to use the powder, it would be much easier but I just want to be sure I'll get all the benefit from it, you know....
I have taken pau d' arco in tea, capsules, and powder. In fact it was the first herb I ever took for medicinal purposes. I had a really bad case of strep throat and it knocked it right out. Though I tend to lean more towards taking herbs in powder form. It is more economical for one thing. And I generally take 1/2 teaspoon of pau d' arco 3 times daily on an empty stomach. I will double that if the problem is really bad. And I often combine it with other herbs for a potentiating effect. Most often I combine it with chaparral.
That is not a stupid question at all. General rule for herbs if making tea is boil roots and barks because of how hard they are. Softer materials like leaves are steeped. Keep in mind that there are exceptions to every rule.
Also keep in mind though that teas are generally made with cut herbs. Powders have a much higher surface area making extraction easier. In addition, you have stomach acid, which also helps in the extraction of herbal constituents.
I use Taheebo or pau d'arco in tincure form, which I can mix in my hot tea or actually put under my tongue and hold it for 2 min. Putting it under the tongue allows it to be absorbed right into the blood stream, which make it much more effective than putting it into tea.
I have found taheebo to be effective for a lot more than candida. It fights colds and flu, helps keep mucus under control and can help lower blood sugar. I will put it into my coffee at night before work and notice a dramatic decrease in blood Sugar 6 hrs later.
I first saw this used with my client (I'm a nurse). It is quite safo to use every day. In fact my clients pulmonologist told us to make sure to use it every day. She (a reg. medical doctor) did research on Taheebo and was really excited by its properties.
The tinture that I get is about $15.00 for a month supply if you take per the bottles instruction.
All together, I have taken Pau D’Arco for over five years. Began in 1995, slivers of the inner bark only, known as the 'tree of life' in much of South America. Three heaping tablespoon boiled for ten minuets in a quart of water. I take it as a preventive, two cups a day. For cancer, four cups a day was the recommended dosage. I have researched many of South America’s tropical herbals. Its is a store house of medicinal herbs. Many of the constituents are used in over a hundred Pharmaceutical Drugs. Naturally, the drug industry would like to control all medicinals. Fortunately, natural accruing medicinals cannot be patented. That does not stop them from trying. …dez...