Pau d’arco Healthy Tonic or Snake Oil?

Is Pau D’Arco a healthy tonic or snake oil? Pau D’Arco is all too often misunderstood and in the same breath not understood at all by most health-conscious men and women in this day and age. Let us discuss what Pau D’Arco is and is not right off the bat.
Pau D’Arco is NOT a cure-all, as deficiencies in certain minerals and nutrients can result in several health problems for many people. However, many people receive promising results from using Pau D’Arco because several symptoms of nutrient and mineral deficiency can come from the same root problems.

The Pau D’Arco, also known as Tabebuia tree is found in the Brazilian Rain forest and can grow up to 30 meters tall (approximately 98 feet). The inner bark of the tree is dried and then shredded, this is what the tea and in some cases the tinctures are made from.

Pau d’arco roughly translated to English means “bow tree”, as many Amazonian cultures have used the tree for making bows as well as its medical uses by these native people.

Throughout the 1960’s and into today there is a huge amount of research being done on Pau D’Arco and its potential medical uses. Dr. Walter Accorsi  In 1967 of the Municipal Hospital in Santo Andre, Brazil Was quoted as saying  “From my first experiments with Ipe Roxo, I learned two important things which, greatly encouraged me in regards to cancer: First, that it eliminates the pain caused by the disease; and second, that it multiplies the number of red blood cells. This bark is used to treat stomatitis (swelling of the mucus membranes in the mouth), ulcers in the throat, gastric ulcers, syphilitic chancres, itchiness wounds, eczema, and boils.”

 healing quote from the book
  “The Miracles of Taheebo Extract in Cancer and Other Health Problems”   “The Taheebo extract which has the greatest medicinal value is the extract from the tree bark from “Tabebuia avellanedae” which blooms with a reddish purple mower. This tree is one of over 250 varieties of the Bignoniaeceae (the family). Other synonymous names are the Tabebuia impetiginosa of Argentina and Tabebuia heptaphylla tree of Brazil.
Since there are many preparations related to the true Taheebo extract and sold on the market as “Pau D’Arco,” Lapacho Colorado,” the buyer must be beware, as these preparations do not have the excellent medical qualities as the true Taheebo preparation and may not be the best Taheebo extract (Tabebuia avellanedae).
The Taheebo extract contains many compounds with different biological activities and can be consumed as a nutritional supplement and be used as an adjunct to other treatment drugs prescribed by your physician in various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc.”
While these are some of the least of the experiences we have heard about,   we now know why so many ask themselves why this simple treatment is not accepted by many Healthcare providers in the US, while only seeing limited use by many naturopaths, herbalists etc.  This is probably one of the most affordable health supplements you can buy!
The fact remains many Medical doctors and surgeons around the world are in fact using the compounds found in Pau D’Arco they just don’t know it.  As you can see below the truth is there is more money in patents and scams by big Pharma
Pau D’Arco related patents

“U.S. Patent 5,663,197

Granted to Taheebo Japan Co., Ltd. on September 2, 1997.

The present invention relates to a novel compound possessing antitumor activity, and an antitumor agent comprising said compound.


U.S. Patent 6,656,485

Granted to Euro-Pharma S.r.l. on December 2, 2003.

Products for body hygiene containing Lapacho extracts and also quercitine and possibly other quinones present in Lapacho extracts salified or whatever modified in order to make them soluble in water are described. The preparation of the above said compounds and their use is also described.


U.S. Patent 6,875,745

Granted to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. on April 5, 2005.

.beta.-lapachone, a quinone, is derived from lapachol (a naphthoquinone) which can be isolated from the lapacho tree (Tabebuia avellanedae), a member of the catalpa family (Bignoniaceae). Like camptothecin and topotecan, .beta.-lapachone inhibits DNA Topoisomerase I (Li, C. J., et al., J. Biol. Chem., 1993). This compound has been found to be effective against several types of cancer cells in vitro, including lung, breast, colon and prostate cancers and malignant melanoma (Li, C. J., et al., Cancer Research 55:3712-3715 (1995) and unpublished data).


U.S. Patent 5,969,163

Granted to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation on October 19, 1999 .

The present invention is drawn toward novel tricyclic naphthoquinone derivatives, a synthetic method for making the derivatives, and use of the derivatives to inhibit neoplastic cell proliferation. The naphthoquinone derivatives of the present invention are related to the compounds known by their trivial names as .beta.-lapachone .beta.-lapachone is a naturally occurring product which can be found in small amounts in the lapacho tree (Tabebuia avellanedae) of South America. .beta.-Lapachone may also be readily synthesized from lapachol (3), an abundant quinone which is also found in the lapacho tree.


U.S. Patent 5,763,625

Granted to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation on June 9, 1998 .

Lapachol (1) is a natural product known since 1858 and is the most abundant quinone found in the heartwood of several genera Bignonoceae. Its name is derived from the “lapacho” tree (Tabebuia avellanedae Lr. ex. Griseb), a tree found mainly in subtropical and tropical South America (Northern Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil). The yellow lapachol confers its color to the wood where it is sometimes visible in yellow deposits. The structure of lapachol has been known and its antitumor properties raised considerable interest in the past, having reached the stage of clinical trials. When treated with sulfuric acid it cyclizes to .beta.-lapachone (2a), also present in the heartwood of the lapacho tree. Lapachol can also be converted into 3-bromolapachone (2b), and the latter can be converted in a two-step sequence into 3-hydroxy-.beta.-lapachone (2c). The alcohol group of 3-hydroxy-.beta.-lapachone is amenable to etherification when treated with alkyl halides in dry dimethyl sulfoxide in the presence of potassium hydroxide powder. It was found that it is possible to alkylate the 3-hydroxy residue of 3-hydroxy-.beta.-lapachone without ring opening of the .beta.-lapachone structure by avoiding alkaline reaction media which are usually necessary in etherification or esterification procedures. It was thus possible to obtain methyl, benzyl, and allyl ethers (2d) of 3-hydroxy-.beta.-lapachone, as well as .beta.-ethoxycarbonyl derivatives (See Synthesis 1). In synthesis 1 and 2 R is as previously defined herein. What makes this approach attractive is that lapachol is a relatively abundant natural product. In the heartwood of the abundant South American lapacho tree, its content varies between 3% (in subtropical South America) to 7% (in tropical South America). These values should be compared with those for camptothecin (0.01% in the stem wood of C. accuminata) or in taxol (0.02% in the bark of the American western yew).


Japan Patent 2,669,762
Taiwan Patent 092054
China Patent 092054

Granted to Taheebo Japan Co., Lted., Shinichi Ueda on July 4, 1997 (Japan) and April 30, 1998 (Taiwan, China).

Ingredients of natural bark tea TAHEEBO contain various useful elements. One of them is naphthofuran dione (NFD), a component of quinine, a coloring agent. NFD is known to play an effective role in maintaining people’s health. A research team of Taheebo Japan has confirmed that NFD can only be found in the inner layer of the bark of Taheebo trees. NFD has been patented in the USA, Japan and Chinese Taipei. In Japan, Taheebo Japan Co., Ltd. holds its patent and TAHEEBO is the only natural bark tea containing NFD. ________________

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Preparation of Pau D ‘Arco Tea by Pruitt’s Tree Resin
Pruitt’s Tree Resin prepares the tea by taking a large stainless steel pot and bringing to a boil just over 1 gallon of distilled or filtered water and then add 1 cup of shredded bark, after boiling for a few minutes we turn it down to a simmer for 30 minutes. We then allow it to cool with the lid on, then drain from the pan into a glass one-gallon wine jug. We reheat it in a small stainless steel pan for one glass at a time and drink it warm. We add no sweeteners but some in our family do add orange juice because some find the earthy taste off-putting. I, on the other hand, find it very refreshing, I like to drink it twice a day morning and night in a coffee mug. Reheat before serving on the stove, DO NOT USE THE MICROWAVE. Consume one warm cupful at least once a day, I take it at least twice a day, sometimes 3 times a day to get the maximum benefit.
Another method that was shared with us was called “Wine Pau D ‘Arco” and was shared with us as an “alternative cancer treatment”  in combination with a healthy diet and exercise.
Take 1-gallon white wine with 1 cup of shredded Pau D’Arco bark and bring to a boil, cover in a stainless steel pan for 15 minutes, then simmer for another 30 mins.  Allow to cool to room temperature then use a stainless steel filter and then store in glass in the fridge. Warm-up, as needed on the stove with a stainless steel pot, DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE.  Drink 1 warm cupful morning, noon and night for the maximum benefit.
How others prepare it:
The following instructions are for preparation of a fine grind of the inner bark of the Pau d’arco tree.
Mix 3 tablespoons of the tea with one quart of cold distilled water in a teapot. The ratio can be increased to 4-6 tablespoons if deemed necessary.Use only a glass or stainless steel pot. Do not use aluminum or tin containers.

Once tea comes to a boil let it “low boil” for at least 20 minutes in order to allow the beneficial compounds in the tea to release.

Pour the tea through a piece of linen cloth or tea strainer.

Sweetener such as honey or raw sugar can be added for flavor. Fruit juice can also be added to enhance the flavor. ”

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Is Pau D’Arco a healthy tonic or just another snake oil? You decide I think I will side with those who are open minded.
So why not try some Pau D’Arco today.
The information contained within this post “Pau D’Arco healthy tonic or snake oil” is not to be construed as medical advice and these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA  and are the opinion of Pruitt’s Tree Resin and our customers and are not intended to recommend, treat, prevent, cure, diagnose or prescribe for any disease or illness.
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