Taheebo Tea & Pau d'Arco Antimicrobial Actions (Fungi, Yeast, Bacteria & Virus)
Excerpts below from The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbsby Leslie Taylor at rain-tree.com.
Pau d’arco contains a plant chemical named lapachol which has documented antimalarial, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, insecticidal, pesticidal, schistosomicidal, termiticidal, and virucidal actions. Another chemical in the bark, beta-lapachone, has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral actions. Antimicrobial properties of many of Pau d’Arco’s other active phytochemicals were demonstrated in several laboratory studies, in which they exhibited strong in vitro activity against bacteria, fungi, and yeast (including Candida, Aspergillus, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, Brucella, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and dysentery).
In addition to its isolated chemicals, a hot water extract of pau d’arco demonstrated antibacterial actions against Staphylococcus aureus, Helicobacter pylori, and Brucella. In other in vitro clinical research an extract of the bark was shown to have strong activity against 11 fungal and yeast strains. Pau d’Arco and its chemicals also have demonstrated in vitro antiviral properties against various viruses, including Herpes I and II, influenza, polio virus, and vesicular stomatitis virus.
Taheebo Tea & Pau d'Arco Anticancerous & Antileukemic Actions
In the 1960s, extracts of Pau d’Arco demonstrated marked antitumorous effects in animals, which drew the interest of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Researchers decided that the most potent single chemical for this activity was a naphthoquinone chemical named lapachol and they concentrated solely on this single chemical in their subsequent cancer research. In a 1968 study, lapachol demonstrated highly significant activity against cancerous tumors in rats.
By 1970, NCI-backed research already was testing lapachol in human cancer patients. The institute reported, however, that their first Phase I study failed to produce a therapeutic effect without side effects—and they discontinued further cancer research shortly thereafter. These side effects were nausea and vomiting and anti-vitamin K activity. Interestingly, other chemicals in the whole plant extract (which, initially, showed positive antitumor effects at very low toxicity) demonstrated positive effects on vitamin K and, conceivably, compensated for lapachol’s negative effect. Once again, instead of pursuing research on a complex combination of at least 20 active chemicals in a whole plant extract (several of which had anti-tumor effects and other positive biological activities), research focused on a single, patentable chemical—and it didn’t work as well. Despite NCI’s abandonment of the research, another group developed a lapachol analog (which was patentable) in 1975. One study reported that this lapachol analog increased the life span of mice inoculated with leukemic cells by over 80%. In a small, uncontrolled, 1980 study of nine human patients with various cancers (liver, kidney, breast, prostate, and cervix), pure lapachol was reported to shrink tumors and reduce pain caused by them—and three of the patients realized complete remissions.
Another chemical in pau d’arco, beta-lapachone, has been studied closely of late and a number of recent patents have been filed on it. It has demonstrated in laboratory studies to have activities similar to lapachol (antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, antitumorous, antileukemic, and anti-inflammatory), with few side effects. Research published from 2003 to 2005 provides important new insights into the possible molecular mechanisms of the anti-cancer activity of beta-lapachone specifically against prostate, colon, pancreatic, and lung cancers. In a 2002 U.S. patent, beta-lapachone was cited to have significant anticancerous activity against human cancer cell lines including: melanoma, promyelocytic leukemia, prostate, malignant glioma, colon, hepatoma, breast, ovarian, pancreatic, multiple myeloma cell lines and drug-resistant cell lines. In yet another U.S. patent, beta-lapachone was cited with the in vivo ability to inhibit the growth of prostate tumors.
Above are excerpts from The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs by Leslie Taylor at rain-tree.com. All available third-party research on pau d’arco can be found at PubMed/Medline.
We ordered the tea bark after hearing an ad on the radio. My mom has about 2 liters and she believes the bark helped to expel mucus. I will write another review once I try it for myself.
I had what I believe to be perioral dermatitis on my face, which is extremely hard to get rid of. I also had signs of some sort of candida/parasite overgrowth. With the help of this tea, my face completely cleared up and my gut issues have improved. I have only been drinking it for a few weeks. I am looking forward to how this tea will continue to improve my health going forward. Thank you guys!!
Ordered to help stabilize my blood sugar..seems to be working..will order again.
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Definitely have been drinking this tea every day. I quit drinking alcohol recently and for some reason when I crave a glass of wine and drink this I find it curbs the desire for alcohol.
Not sure if it’s just a head thing or if it really does cure my cravings, but for that reason alone I’ll keep drinking this.
The other health benefits are definitely an added bonus!
My health development doctor recommended this tea and this site specifically. He told me to drink 3-4 cups a day for my specific health issues. At first I was not prepared for the strong taste. But mixing it with some non-dairy, no sugar creamer, some sunflower lecithin or MCT oil and making it a latte did the trick for me. Now I LOVE this tea. Have fixed it for friends this way and they request it now when they visit.
This tea is excellent, probably my favorite tea. Love it. Highly recommend.
A doctor recommended I drink this tea for pain in my liver area. I've been drinking it, off and on, for a few months and have noticed a reduction in symptoms. It seems to give me more balanced energy during the day as if it is supporting my body to be well. It has soothed my throat when needed. My aunt was just diagnosed with breast cancer so I sent it to her, knowing that taheebo, also known as pau d'arco, is good for cancer pain based on information found in The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason (fabulous book!) I will continue to reorder, thank you Melissa and Julian!
I started drinking the tea last week. It has a very strong, earthy taste yet pleasant. I may have to adjust my brewing method. I use just a little, little bit of Splenda to curve the taste just a smidge. I drink my coffee black, so I'm sure I will acquire the pallet for the straight stuff real soon, I drink mine cold, its really refreshing. I haven't noticed any changes in my health yet. However, I am sleeping better. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing product.
I am a healthy, happy person so I can’t say that I noticed a drastic difference in my health however, I was suffering some mild sciatica which subsided in three days after starting to drink my taheebo tea. This is a fine ground tea and the tea is tasty with an unusual flavor. I like it with mint and a little honey. Aside from all the health benefits, it is also a tasty drink.
Delicious and soothing, I love it!
This tea is great! I've been drinking it for a couple weeks now as a treatment for a benign tumor (about 4 cups per day). While I haven't seen much change with the tumor yet, I can tell my health is improving and I am detoxing quite a bit. Looking forward to ordering another bag and seeing more progress!
I prefer this brand above all others for taste, strength and effectiveness. So glad I purchased it, and the customer service is excellent!