Taheebo or Pau d’Arco, is the common name for the inner bark of the Red Lapacho tree. This tree can reach the height of more than 90 feet, and can withstand the severe winds and weather because of its strong and deep roots. The red lapacho tree has amazed the natives of South America because of its ability to repel microbes, because even though it grows in the most lush rain forest in the world, no fungus has ever forms on the tree.
There are dozens of different species of Taheebo, each is distinguished by its leaf configuration and flower color. The species that provide the most health benefits is Tabebuia heptophylla, a pink flowered tree, which grows mainly in Argentina. For many years Taheebo has gained popularity as an alternative anti-cancer treatment. Taheebo is effective when taken both orally and even when applied on the skin.
Nutrient Content of Taheebo or Pau d’ Arco: Taheebo is rich in vitamins A, C, B-complex and minerals such as; calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, cobalt and chromium.
Health Benefits of Taheebo or Pau d’ Arco:
- Help strengthen the immune system, to help resist chronic diseases.
- Supports the normal blood function.
- Helps the body replenish vital elements.
- Help improve appetite.
- When used as poultice (concentrated tea) can help in treating a variety of skin diseases including eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections and skin cancer.
- An effective cure for yeast infection. Experts say it can also help the body against viral infestations like AIDS.
- Useful as a therapeutic remedy for some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and hardening of the arteries.
- Help stimulate the production of red blood cells. This could be a great treatment for leukemia and other blood diseases.
- Used to treat stomatitis (swelling of the mucus membranes in the mouth), ulcers in the throat, and gastric ulcers.
- Help remove toxin from the body.
How to Prepare Taheebo Tea: Add loose tea (1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, 250ml) to a teapot. Pour very hot water (not boiling) over the tea and let it infuse for to 3 to 5 minutes. Use a glass or stainless steel teapot, not one of aluminum, tin, or other type. Strain loose tea from the teapot. Add honey or a slice of lemon to taste.
Note: Drinking Taheebo tea a few times a week is a great way to minimize any infection in the body. But you must also be aware that it can be dangerous if you consume too much of this herb, so it is important not to drink more than 3 cups per day.
Pau d’ Arco or Taheebo Side Effects: There are no reported serious side effects when taking natural Taheebo herbs; however Taheebo should not be taken with anticoagulants.
“This post was originally published on January 2, 2012 @3:54”