Many people think that because natural remedies come from trees or flowers that they are always safe in any dose. That’s not the case for any of them and products from pau d arco bark are no exception. Because it’s often taken in the form of a tea, many people think they will escape pau d arco side effects, which is also not the case. While being an effective natural healing tool, taken in a pill, capsule, tea, tonic, or spray, possible pau d arco side effects are real, and some of them can be quite serious. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of pau d arco side effects.
Pau d arco uses include potential complementary treatment for candida yeast overgrowth, arthritis, inflammation and other uses. It has been shown in labs to be an antifungal and even effective against some types of cancer, however in doses high enough to be effective against cancerous agents, it would likely prove toxic to the adults using it.
The most common application of pau d arco is in tea or taheebo tea. Some people think that taking the herb in this method will not cause pau d arco side effects, which is incorrect. In fact, pau d arco tea side effects are similar to those found while taking the dried herb in capsule or pill form. While many people don’t experience any symptoms of side effects at all, at recommended dosages, some mild effects have been observed. Diarrhea, dizziness and nausea have all been reported as pau d arco side effects.
Serious side effects are also possible. Many of these can be attributed to improper use or dosing. For instance, uncontrollable bleeding is one of the more serious pau d arco side effects that has been reported, and this is why for individuals on blood thinning medications, the use of this herb is a big no-no.
Symptoms of the side effects of this herb that might make you reconsider your dosage or altogether use would be general tummy troubles and cuts or scrapes that seem to be taking longer than normal to heal. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s advisable to discontinue use altogether, or at a minimum, reduce your dosage. If you haven’t already consulted with a health care provider before use of pau d arco (which is imperative), then doing so at the onset of symptoms is advisable.