Now widely available in dietary supplement form, pau d'arco extract contains a potent antioxidant known as quercetin thought to influence health.1 Pau d'arco is also rich in naphthoquinones, plant-based compounds that have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal effects.
Pau d'arco is used to treat a wide range of medical disorders, including anemia, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, eczema, enlarged prostate, influenza, intestinal worms, sexually transmitted infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and even cancer.
Pau d'arco may help fight inflammation, according to a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
Pau d'arco was able to block the production of pro-inflammatory compounds known as prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are produced at sites of tissue damage or infection, causing inflammation, pain, and fever as part of the healing process. By countering this effect, pau d'arco may be able to reverse swelling and pain associated with inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate).
The common cold (adenoviruses), flu (influenza viruses), and cold sores (herpes simplex virus).
An early study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology also found that pau d'arco was effective in neutralizing Candida albicans (the fungus that causes oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections).
Side Effects: Because pau d'arco can slow blood clotting, it should not be used with blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) or Plavix (clopidogrel).
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