Herbal Medicine for Gut Healing and Weight Loss Programs



The Healing Powers of the Sacred Pau D’Arco Tree


Way back before the Incas in the 13th century, the native Americans in South America used the inner bark of the Pau D’Arco tree for the treatment of various gut complaints. They called this herb Taheebo or Lapacho. Of course in those days the ancient healers were not aware of the existence of bacterial infections let alone those of Candida or yeast infections, but this is what they were treating.


The Pau D’Arco tree grows up to 125 feet tall and has delicate pink to purple flowers resembling a hydrangea. But it is the inner bark that has been used by naturopaths and ancient healers to extract the active compounds that have various antibacterial and antifungal properties.


Today we use this amazing herb to treat bacterial infections of the gut and especially those infections caused by Candida, yeast overgrowth, and thrush.


Originally the herb was known as Pau D’Arco Tabebuia but recently the species’ name has been refined to the more active and medicinal name Hydroanthroanthus app.


For Treating Gut Infections, Candida, Yeast, Thrush

Research into the effectiveness of this herb has shown strong in vitro activity against a large variety of infectious pathogens These include bacteria (Gram positive and gram negative), aspergillus, Staphylococcus, streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, Brucella, Herpes Virus types1 and 2 , influenza, poliovirus, and stomatitis virus. The major chemical compound in this herb has been found to inhibit the growth of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (1,2)


Inflammation is a key symptom of any gut condition causing swelling and pain. This inflammation also spreads to the joints causing swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints. Various studies have found that Pau D’ Arco is very effective in inhibiting the general inflammatory response. This is why it is one of the best herbs used for gut detoxification and gut healing programs.


For Helping with Weight Loss Programs

Another action of this amazing herb is that it can inhibit pancreatic lipase, the enzyme that your body uses to digest and absorb fat from the diet. If this enzyme is blocked, the end result would be a reduction of fat digestion and this can result in fewer calories absorbed from fats. The body does need fats for their many nutritional benefits. Another good benefit is that it can be used in the short-term to reduce lauric acid intake in the diet in cases where weight loss is the desired effect. Therefore from a naturopathic angle, I used this herb during the first stage of most weight loss programs. For people desiring to lose weight, I find that they first need a gut healing program so as to reduce their cravings for sugars, sweets and carbohydrates. A high yeast growth in the gut can often cause sugar cravings.