The Powers of the Taheebo Tree

Doctor's Quotes and Statements

I found this article buried deep in the Internet and have no idea of the author or source. It seems to have been posted in 1998 by a now defunct site named Nature's Wisdom. It does have original information and references not found elsewhere. I include it here for your perusal.

Pau D'Arco; the Indians call it Taheebo, the Portuguese Ipe Roxo, and the Spanish La Pacho or Tabebuia.

This fascinating herb is taken from the inner bark of the tall tree called La Pacho. It is an ozoniferous plant, and grows only in the mountains of the Andes, where there is ozone. Ozone air is fresh, pure, and free from pollution, smog, exhaust, smoke and pesticides.

Pau D'Arco has been used since the time of the Incas by the Callaways, a traditional tribe or caste of healers, which flourished before the Spanish and Portuguese invasion in the early 1500's. During the past 400 years, these traditional healers have occasionally seen and ministered to white men, but the tree whose miraculous inner bark they used was not officially "discovered" until about 20 years ago by two health practioners Teodoro Meyer, M.D. and Prats Ruiz, M.D.

Dr. Teodoro Meyer, Professer of Botany and Plant Geography of the National Unoiversity of Tucuman in Argentina, found the inner bark to possess a wide range of properties. Dr, Meyer states Pau D'Arco is "analgesic, sedative, decongestant, diuretic, and hypotensive". Such properties have justified its use for many different ailments.

Recently a new use has been found for Pau D'Arco which may allow thousands of allergic and chemically sensitive people to live more comfortable lives. Researchers have discovered that the Pau D'Arco tree is the only type of vegetation known that will not permit the development of fungus, Most plant life when exposed to water and weather become covered with spores which lead to fungus formation. This doesn't occur with Pau D'Arco. The tree has an uncommon resistance.

This discovery has led to an experimentation on people who have yeast or mold allergy, the assumption being that these same properties may discourage Candida Albicans {a common yeast} long suspected to be the causative factor in food allergy. Another researcher, Dr, Robert Owens, has found Candida Albicans to be correlated with "Chemical Hypersensitivity and other immunological-related disorders." The hope has been raised that not only might Pau D'Arco control the yeast and mold allergy, but also many other sensitivities as well.

Dr. Jeffrey Andersen, M.D., a Mill Valley, California health practitioner, treated a woman with a difficult yeast infection. "Two hours after using the tea as a douche the vaginal yeast infection was cleared up nicely," he says. Dr. Anderson's patients now begin drinking Pau D'Arco tea-1/2 to 1 cup tea per day, increasing to a maintenance dose of 4 cups per day in approximately 1 month.

Those who are using Pau D'Arco report that sometimes the symptoms become worse initially, This is attributed to "yeast die-off." The theory is that as the yeast die and are filtered into the bloodstream they cause allergic reactions. These reactions last only a short time.

Dr. Walter Accorsi, doing clinical studies at the Municipal Hospital Santo Andre, said: "From my first experiments with Pau D'Arco, I learned two important things that greatly encouraged me in regard to cancer: first it eliminates the pain and second, it multiplies the amount of red corpuscles."

The Cancer Institute has this report in "Cancer Chemotherapy Reports" Part 2, Vol. 4, No. 4, Dec. 1974:"More recently Pau D'Arco contains Quechua, a substance found to be a powerful antibiotic with virus-killing properties."

Clinical studies showed that Pau D'Arco has no contraindications, no incompatabilities, and has been proven to be non-toxic. However, the most innocuous of agents could finally become toxic if taken in large enough amounts.


Dr. Norman Farnsworth of the University of Illinois confirms the claims that Pau D' Arco contains a substance that is highly effective against cancers. While many herbs are credited with properties that stop cell growth, Pau d'Arco contains compounds which seem to attack the cause of the disease.

Dr. James Duke of the National Institute of Health (NIH) agrees that Pau D'Arco undoubtedly contains a substance found to be highly effective against cancers.

John Heinerman, a medical anthropologist who specializes in the study of herbal medicines, says, "It sounds too good to be true, but it seems to have earned for itself considerable merit in the successful treatment of most forms of cancer, diabetes, and certain other debilitating diseases..."

R.C. Pilsner, D.Sc. and licensed nutrition specialist, writes, "Being a biochemist, I have researched and analyzed many elements for their nutrient value and their peculiar selective actions on...organs and tissues." Pilsner has discovered that certain herbs emit an ultraviolet wave known as Gurwich rays. These rays stimulate cell metabolism and the body's own ability to rejuvenate itself. He believes that herbs emitting the Gerwich rays include Pau D'Arco. Pilsner has subjected Pau D'Arco to rigorous laborotory tests and recommends daily use of Pau D'Arco tea as a nutritional supplement.