Pau D Arco Extract Vs Cancer And Hiv

Pau D Arco Extract Vs Cancer And Hiv

Pau d'arco is​ a​ tree that grows in​ the​ Brazilian rainforest. in​ Brazil the​ tree is​ called Tahuari and​ has been used by the​ indigenous people in​ the​ rainforest as​ a​ cure-all. Pau d'arco has two constituents that have interest to​ medical science: Beta-lapachone and​ lapachol which are topoisomerases that have been proven in​ medical science to​ be anti-cancer agents. However, there is​ a​ dark side: They can have side-effects of​ severe nausea and​ anemia.

These two constituents in​ pau d'arco have been shown to​ help dramatically improve cancer patients with lung, breast, colon, prostate, malignant melanoma, HIV (level 1) and​ leukemia. However the​ nausea and​ anemia side effects have caused doubt in​ doctors' minds as​ to​ its effectiveness. Doctors have isolated two of​ pau d'arco's components and​ say they are great anti-cancer compounds but they are toxic at​ high levels. Herbalists believe in​ aiding and​ preserving nature, not changing it; therefore, they believe pau d'arco should be taken as​ an​ extract of​ a​ whole plant where it​ has no known toxicity levels, no nausea and​ no anemia - not as​ isolated compounds. it​ is​ naturally not as​ strong as​ taking 10 tons of​ plant material and​ extracting two of​ the​ hundreds of​ constituents and​ making it​ a​ concentrated pharmaceutical. However, taken as​ a​ tea or​ extract it​ has many wonderful benefits and​ someone with a​ serious illness, under a​ doctor's supervision, can take pau d'arco and​ see positive changes.

Pau d'arco has been shown to​ help with pain and​ cancer. Cancer patients found themselves in​ remission after a​ 3-8 of​ months of​ using pau d'arco with supervised medical care. Dr. Theodore Meyer learned of​ pau d'arco's benefits and​ used it​ on his patients, and​ reported that 5 of​ his terminal leukemia patients were completely cured. “Beta-lapachone keeps the​ chromosomes wound tight, and​ so the​ cell cannot make proteins. as​ a​ result, the​ cell stops growing. Because cancer cells grow and​ reproduce at​ a​ much faster rate then normal cells, they are more vulnerable to​ topoisomerase inhibition than are normal cells. Beta-lapachone also interferes with the​ replication of​ HIV-1, a​ virus that causes AIDS, thereby slowing the​ advancement of​ the​ disease.”

Maybe modern science will find a​ way to​ take out the​ components that cause side effects when you take highly concentrated forms of​ compounds isolated from pau d'arco. Scientists have discovered 3-allyl-beta-lapachone, a​ chemical relative to​ beta-lapachone, that has been found to​ have lower toxicity levels in​ cell culture tests, and​ might be proven to​ be more effective. However, more tests will need to​ be done so that doctors and​ scientists might be able to​ come up with an​ effective “cocktail,” like they do for​ HIV and​ AIDS patients. This would create a​ combination to​ balance the​ side effects with other herbs that could reduce the​ nausea and​ anemia, and​ which has no contra-indications when taken with pau d'arco. for​ instance, there are two traditionally used herbal extracts that are effective when taken internally for​ severe nausea: Chamomile flower and​ nutmeg. Further, dandelion root has extremely high iron content and​ might help combat the​ anemia.

This research article was written to​ create awareness and​ provide consumers with a​ general overview of​ available scientific information. for​ further interested reading, there is​ a​ 152-page book called Pau D'Arco by Kenneth Jones that is​ recommended by the​ American Botanical Council. it​ is​ available from for​ $7.50.

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