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Benefits of Pau d’Arco

August 16, 2019

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here from Today
I’m going to be sharing with you the many benefits of pau d’arco and pau d’arco tea.
I’ll tell you right now, in this video you’re going to learn that pau d’arco is the number
one herb for killing candida in the entire world today. I’ve worked with a lot of patients
with candida, with parasitic infections and viral infections, and again, there is nothing
more powerful. In this video I’ll share with you exactly how to use it and how many times
a day. So again, pau d’arco is an herb that’s been
used in different native regions around the world, but it’s been shown to be very powerful
at killing off candida. Now, the cause of candida today, and oftentimes parasitic infections,
when your immune system gets weak and you get something called dampness in your body.
This is known in Chinese medicine as a spleen deficiency or excess dampness, so we need
to address those two things. One, with a weak immunity, and weak immune
systems can be caused by emotional stress. They can be caused by taking antibiotic drugs,
poor diet, all of those things can cause immune deficiency, and the other thing that can cause
candida and parasite overgrowth can be things such as consuming too much dairy or wheat
products, consuming too many cold foods, and really just a poor diet. All of those things
can cause dampness in the body. But pau d’arco as an herb helps dry up that extra phlegm
and mucus. If you have a white coating on your tongue,
or if you ever have a loose stool, or if you have cravings for sweets, breads and grains
on a regular basis, or if you have any type of regular infection such as a UTI, those
are big, big warning signs that you have candida and chronic infections in your body. Also,
if you’ve had any sort of other infection, let’s say if you know you’ve had a parasite
or impetigo, or any sort of skin issue or ringworm, you know that that’s a sign of a
parasite, or if you’ve come back from another country with loose stools. Those are all signs
of dampness and candida, fungal or parasitic infections. Again, the number one way to treat
it is by drinking pau d’arco tea or just consuming pau d’arco and reaping the benefits from that
as a supplement. Pau d’arco contains a compound called lapachol
that actually is very powerful. It has anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic benefits. Anytime
I have a patient that’s struggling with issues with candida, I put them on a diet of going
sugar-free, grain-free, consuming a lot of foods that nourish the spleen, such as fermented
vegetables, bitter foods, and then things like bone broth soup. Even squashes like butternut
squash, these things are very nourishing to the spleen. But then I have them drink two
glasses a day, two to three glasses, of pau d’arco tea. Now this is the brand I’ve personally recommended
to patients. You can pick it up on or go to Whole Foods, or order it in several
places online, and there are many different brands. This is just the brand that I’ve used.
But again, pau d’arco, that’s P-A-U, and then space, D-A-R-C-O. This tea has been used in Chinese medicine
for thousands of years to naturally treat candida, parasites, fungal issues, as well
as immune deficiencies in the body. In some cases, pau d’arco is used in the natural treatment
of cancer. Again, pau d’arco has many health benefits,
especially when it comes to treating any sort of candida, parasite, or immune issues. Again,
for my patients I recommend two to three glasses of this tea a day or taking two recommended
doses in a supplement form. It can help you fight candida fast. If you want to learn more about the top herbs
for healing your body and more about how to treat candida and infections naturally, visit
my website,, or hey, subscribe here to the YouTube channel to learn more about
superfoods and healing herbs.


  • Reply Madapple314 September 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I was actually just told to drink Pau D'arco tea in the evening for parasites, so thank you for the additional information!

  • Reply The Mental Health Herbalist September 8, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Thanks Josh, I once made an anti fungal ointment using an infusion of pau darko and it worked great.

  • Reply StraightEdgeVegannabel September 8, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    could this cause constipation problems in someone already suffering from cronic constipation?
    any help on that issue?

  • Reply Gökotta September 8, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Oh yay! I have a pound of organic pau d'arco sitting round…and I think I have a candida problem. FYI I got mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.. it's really cheap. But if I powder it myself, how much should I use? Like a teaspoon twice a day or something?

  • Reply Chris Thompson September 8, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Hopefully this is the extra kick in the but my Candida needs. Been on an all raw green diet, eating coconut oil, probiotics and only drinking spring water for a month, and still having problems.

  • Reply mochabite September 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    You look slimmer Dr Axe. 👌

  • Reply cosmos1478 September 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I like yr videos and yr website, but it´s strange that the heslthiest foods that you cite yo unever mention that they come from BRAZIl. My country produces some 2 billion coconuts and it´s widely popular here from north to south, in Rio, ppl drink coconut water in every corner and also the white meat of it!
    Pau d’arco is an herb found in the rainforests of the Amazon and in South and Latin America. Pau d’arco bark has been used by indigenous Latin populations for centuries to address a spectrum of health problems and today its strong resistance to harmful organisms is still appreciated. Pau d’arco is commonly used to support indications of
    allergies, liver problems, and candida and yeast infections ( globalhealingcenter. com/natural-health/harmful-organism-cleansing-benefits-pau-darco/)

  • Reply Nayab Syeda September 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    DR! I have been watching your videos for a while now and try to take in everything you recommend. I have been diagnosed as "immunally deficient" from my not-so-kind general practitioner. Please advise me on any herbs, natural supplements or treatment for Vitiligo! I have a mild to moderate case of it and would like some assistance.

  • Reply brian marquez September 9, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    thanks bro i like how simple and understanding u make the vids can u make one on micronutrients etc

  • Reply mayra mejia September 13, 2015 at 12:01 am

    is it safe for kids?

  • Reply mrazik131 September 18, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    do i cook it or just steam it like a regular tea? I have one that has the loose bark home. Thanks

  • Reply 22utoo September 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I thought you said oil of oregano was number one?

  • Reply Marina Nicolai September 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I tried Pau'Darco for my candida, however in my 3rd day my nose started to run like crazy 24 hours a day.
    If you have an explanation for it, please let me know?

  • Reply Sharren September 24, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Dr. Axe.  I just heard from another Doc that Nutritional Yeast is not really good for you….What's your take on that

  • Reply discolady2 September 27, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Since I been drinking this tea I keep a lot of gas now is that normal ? I got a different brand from whole foods .

  • Reply Terri Frances October 1, 2015 at 12:26 am

    What do you think about the Yerba Mate tea , is it good? I ve started drinking it and was great to boost energy level but i read something about being associated with cancer in south America . I am not sure , is it good to drink Yerba Mate?

  • Reply Weeda Bakhshee October 2, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Love all the videos. wish we have a few more of you here. love you

  • Reply Hope Herrera October 16, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I read online, that this herb is actually dangerous if One takes too many doses. It causes blood clots and internal bleeding please elaborate on this. I really want to know if it's safe to take.

  • Reply hovnanian October 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    How much can I drink, in tablespoons, per day ? any toxic dosages ?

  • Reply hovnanian October 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    How much can I drink, in tablespoons, per day ? any toxic dosages ?

  • Reply Totoka Kalou November 8, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Ive never heard of Pau darco. Im gonna buy this tea for sure. Thx

  • Reply Ken Jones November 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Not a single human clinical trial has ever shown that pau d'arco is effective against Candida albicans or that it stimulates the immune system. Axe claims that pau d'arco contains compound called 'letchinol'. Perhaps he means lapachol, a name derived from the Argentine common name for trees known in other Latin American countries as ipe roxo, pau d'arco (Brazil), tahuari (Peru), and tajibo (Bolivia). Here's the content of lapachol in the inner bark, when and if any amount can be found at all: 0.003-0.004%. Extrapolating the concentration of 0.003%, to obtain even 1 gram of lapachol would require 33.3 kilograms of inner bark. It should also be pointed out that lapachol and other related quinones in the inner bark are poorly soluble. In fact, they are so poorly soluble that they can't be extracted by making a tea. Even when they can be extracted, their bioavailability is extremely low. The minute concentrations of lapachol in the inner barks were reported in scientific journals years ago by chemists in Canada and Brazil who analyzed numerous samples from the marketplace and samples taken directly from the trees of various botanically vouchered species, including those formerly known as Tabebuia avellanedae, T. impetiginosa, T. heptaphylla, and others. The same species have since been reclassified as member of the genus Handroanthus rather than Tabebuia. As for the claim that pau d'arco was used "in Chinese medicine for 1000s of years", pau d'arco doesn't grow in China and has no history of use in Chinese medicine.

  • Reply marshlm1989 December 15, 2015 at 3:57 am

    Can you use honey to sweeten the tea?

  • Reply J C June 2, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Very informative thanks!

  • Reply deathpony698 August 10, 2016 at 2:07 am

    Is this related to Donnie d'Arco?

  • Reply eren mori August 16, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Thank you for this video. I think now I know why I get sick often especially after I consume very cold frozen treats, it is the ''dampness in my body''. I suffer from excessive mucus conditions and the causes you listed for a weak immune system are the same for me , emotional stress and loose stools and poor diet. Bought your book '' Eat Dirt'', hope you talk about pau d'arco in it, or do you mainly deal with Leaky Gut as the book title says? I thought it was the chemicals in the frozen popsicles and freezies but now you have enlightened me.

  • Reply Hiram Abiff From Sirius October 17, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    It's the original energy drink.

  • Reply Milaray Mann November 10, 2016 at 3:13 pm

  • Reply Delia Aguirre February 4, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Does it have sides effects ???

  • Reply Game Alien February 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Weird I received info to take this tea in my dream

  • Reply Len Y February 25, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Will Pau d'Arco kill the good bacteria in the stomach too? Or can/should you drink it a certain time frame from taking probiotics?

  • Reply Steffe Ölbro March 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    will this help acne??

  • Reply antwerpen60 March 5, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    How many guys are on utube calling themselves doctor when in reality they are now doctor at all?

  • Reply destin rouge March 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    grr why should anybody believe what u have to say about this herb when u cant even pronounce it properly.

  • Reply Ano Niem March 23, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    i used pau d arco to kill parasites (blasto) with powder, 1 tsp, 2,5 gram a day for a few weeks and it didnt work…

  • Reply Stefanie M March 29, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I've had ring worm
    since I was a kid ☹️

  • Reply Avelino Martinez July 6, 2017 at 8:50 am

    si.,is pau de arco good for pregnant?

  • Reply 3636lk August 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Love it, taste like root beer/sarsaparilla

  • Reply John Piper August 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    **@Dr Axe – I have thrush overgrowth.** Just received my box of Alvita Pau D'arco tea. I will use until tea bags are gone. **QUESTION – where is the scientific research to confirm your findings – is it personal experiences, use of this to control candida only?** I am eating properly: bone broth, no sugar, low carbs etc. Will follow-up with results from this INNER BARK tea. Thanks for all you do! **God Bless!** 🙂

  • Reply Bunna ' s life September 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I have recurrent thrush infection and I'm taking antibiotics chemist suggested me to take two pills of Pau d'arco supplements three times a day will it be safe to consume please help

  • Reply Amberlea October 6, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Is This tea safe to use while breastfeeding?

  • Reply Annette Marion Auset November 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Is it safe to use as enema

  • Reply Reem Wassouf December 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    @Dr Josh Axe thank u so much for sharing with us your knowledge 🙏💙💙💙 I have a question please ,, if I want to use pau cau herb for how long I should used to get rid of candida?? And can I replace the brown rice with millet or not ? Thank u again for ur help 🙏💙💙 and merry Christmas to u and ur family 🎄🎄🎄

  • Reply Dede Vaughn January 6, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I went on a bone broth fast a few weeks ago. The weeks before that I was really struggling with a powerful sugar addiction. The kind that makes you walk the floors hunting something sweet or getting dressed in the middle of the night to drive to the closest convenience store for a candy bar. I was shocked when I went off that 3-day fast and that Sugar craving was gone! G. O. N. E.! I had ordered some of that tea, because for some reason I had it in my head that the two, tea and bone broth wood help with Candida. I know bone broth can in itself because there's no weed or sugar but the tea didn't come in from Amazon till after the fast was over because it wasn't Prime. Is there any reason you couldn't drink the tea daily even if you're not completely sugar and wheat free? I do keep them both very low, and my A1C hasn't been over 6.1 in a couple years after a decade of rockin a 12 or 13! 170 pound weight loss usually does that for you! In the last 365 days I've had 9 grams of Rocephin and been on oral meds 50 days. I have recurring UTIs that are sneaky. I go to bed fine wake up in the middle of the night with a hundred for fever and flank pain. The first thing they want to do is start filling me with Rocephin because these bugs have been resistant to Cipro and Bactrim for years. Could this tea help even if you're not strictly following a no sugar no wheat? I'm also doing coconut oil and oregano oil with magnesium and other Trace elements. Does methenamine kill good bacteria? It's virtually impossible to get fermented foods where I live that haven't been heated so much it kills the bacteria. And kombucha we'll just absolutely feed the yeast like gasoline on a fire! I wish more people wouldn't mention that when they talk about eating fermented foods for candida overgrowth.

  • Reply Michael S February 7, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Can I give Pau D'Arco to my cat? I've been using it for myself to treat candida and I'm seeing amazing results. She's suffering from a kitty cold, congestion, sneezing, sore throat, etc. I feel that Pau D'Arco could alleviate some of her symptoms. Thoughts?

  • Reply Buzybee and Beau February 15, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Does this help tinea versicolor

  • Reply Mirror Mirror Media March 13, 2018 at 12:35 am

    Thank You ! ! ! This is great to know about because parasites and candida are everywhere . I have had success with the oil of the pine tree , but having more tools is important because my small intestine and illiocecal valve has a history of being clogged . Follow Me and EAT MORE FRUIT ! ! !

  • Reply August0 Duminuco March 27, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I have taken pau darco for year. I want to know if it does cause problems with fertility?

  • Reply GirlwithFlowers June 10, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Dear "doctor" Axe. WOW. WOW. I would laugh but I am stunned. I am guessing you give zero fucks about the people who watch your videos, some of whom have actual health issues and trust you to have their best interest at hearts. You failed to mention that Pau D'Arco may be toxic in high doses – like the ones you light-heartedly prescribe, that it's NOT an herb used by the Chinese for thousands of years (it's from South America so unless the Shang dynasty sailed to Brazil I see no way for them to have been drinking this infusion for thousands of years). The fact that you say "lachanol" instead of "lapachol" would be hilarious if not for your 1.2 milions subscribers.

  • Reply Thelma Jones July 18, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Love this

  • Reply Thelma Jones July 18, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Love this because many people used and talk about

  • Reply Thelma Jones July 18, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Love this because many people used and talk about

  • Reply Red Carded August 25, 2018 at 9:20 am

    You Dr Axe, are creating a better healthy world naturally, what a great gift to the world you are, thanks for sharing your knowledge and educating us. Naturally all your videos will be shared with friends and associates cause if we all walked to the same healthy direction, this world will be healed.

  • Reply B Saver September 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Pau Di Arco

  • Reply Caleb Page September 27, 2018 at 1:06 am

    great for diabetes

  • Reply clb5555 October 4, 2018 at 3:03 am

    I had a reaction after using this tea. Unfortunately the symptoms for die off are the same as the symptoms for allergic reactions to this tea so I’m not really sure which oneI was dealing with…

  • Reply Dana t October 8, 2018 at 3:04 am

    This stuff works I use it all the time but you got to be careful if you're very ill you have to take it in smaller doses

  • Reply J Pai December 5, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Kidney and liver damage side effect?

  • Reply PT b23 December 11, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I drank some yesterday and let me tell you it works..

  • Reply Endlessblueskies January 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Does anyone know if Pau D'Arco is high in oxalates and/or salicylates (with a website link if possible)?

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  • Reply The Lyrical Miracle February 12, 2019 at 5:18 am

    How long should we take the tea or can it be consumed daily!

  • Reply Christina Heth February 14, 2019 at 12:36 am

    how long should you take the supplement for?

  • Reply anointed prince February 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Tea is great

  • Reply Tammy Butterfly March 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Is it possible to got naussea and throwing up after drinking the tea for 5 days… ?

  • Reply my2cents April 17, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Wow. That is a lot of tea (2-3 glasses).

  • Reply sandy ship May 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Dr. Josh Axe Does anybody know if we could drink this while were on antibiotics?

  • Reply NaturalHI May 22, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Is there any protocol gallbladder infection?

  • Reply Ebony P May 24, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Excellent video thank you for sharing. Pau d'arco originally came from South America from the Pau d'arco tree before being brought to Western medicine and other parts of the world.

  • Reply Salina Moran June 2, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Will it help with endometriosis stage 2 in so much pain all the time contraction pain .looking for anything to help.

  • Reply Max Kisel June 5, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Is Pau Darco tea safe to drink while pregnant?

  • Reply Tatyana Lamb June 25, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hi I want to have this tea. I have candida.
    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    But if to take for treatment this tea three times a day. For how long it might be taken. Month or more?
    I tasted. I like it.
    And may be to take repeating course of treatment a year make sense. ???? Thank you very much.

  • Reply M Donawa July 6, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    How long should you drink this tea? Or when should you stop drinking it?

  • Reply SAMMY’S WORLD August 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    I drink this tea most mornings with honey & lemon. The combination makes it taste great! Otherwise it taste like medicine.

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