PAU D'ARCO Overview Information
Pau d'arco is a tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest and other tropical regions of South and Central America. Pau d'arco wood is dense and resists rotting. The name "pau d'arco" is Portuguese for "bow tree," an appropriate term considering the tree's use by the native peoples of South America for making hunting bows. The bark and wood are used to make medicine.
People use pau d'arco for conditions such as infections, cancer, diabetes, stomach ulcers, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Using pau d'arco can also be unsafe, especially at higher doses.
Commercial products containing pau d'arco are available in capsule, tablet, extract, powder, and tea forms. But sometimes it's hard to know what is in pau d'arco products. Some studies have shown that some pau d'arco products sold in Canada, Brazil, and Portugal do not contain the active ingredients in the correct amounts.
How does it work?
There isn't enough information available to know how pau d'arco works.
- Sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, syphilis).
- Stomach problems.
- Other conditions.
PAU D'ARCO Side Effects & Safety
Pau d'arco is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. In high doses, pau d'arco can cause severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and internal bleeding. The safety of pau d'arco in typical doses is not known.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: During pregnancy, pau d'arco is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in typical amounts, and LIKELY UNSAFE in larger doses. Not enough is known about the safety of applying it to the skin. Stay on the safe side and avoid use if you are pregnant.
There is not enough reliable information available about the safety of taking pau d'arco if you are breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Surgery: Pau d'arco might slow blood clotting and could increase the chance of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with PAU D'ARCO
Pau d'arco might slow blood clotting. Taking pau d'arco along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.
PAU D'ARCO Dosing
The appropriate dose of pau d’arco depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for pau d’arco. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.