Greetings Brethren,

Ultimate Peace on earth is found in the Truth of God. However this earthly Peace transcends into the eternal Love and Peace of Paradise that only the righteous "Now," Know."

Peace and Love,

Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal April 24, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



Part 7: HERBS

In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.


Brazilian herbalists use Pau d'arco to treat ulcers, diabetes, rheumatism, cancer, and ringworm. It's a very popular tea for Candida fungal infections, inflammation, and other infections. And some traditional healers claim that this tea can even help cure cancer. Pau d'arco has become so popular a remedy in the United States that the trees are in danger of becoming extinct.

Pau d'arco seems to be helpful for treating yeast infections. It is beneficial for vaginal candidiasis and oral thrush candidiasis. Pau d'arco also has some antibiotic and antifungal properties and it sometimes reduces the inflammation of arthritis. Scientists have found that lapachol, the active ingredient in Pau d'arco, can block fungal infections and destroy intestinal parasites. It can kill bacteria and viruses that cause infections such as herpes simplex, influenza, and polio.

Plant Description

Pau d'arco is a herbal tea made from the inner bark of Tabebuia evergreen trees. These trees grow in the warm parts of Central and South America. Most Pau d'arco comes from a tree in the Amazon rain forest called Tabebuia avellanedae. It is a broad-leaf evergreen that grows to a height of 125 feet. The wood of this tree is so hard that it doesn't decay easily.

What's it made of?

Pau d'arco products are made from the inner bark of Tabebuia trees. The bark contains important chemical compounds called naphthoquinones. Some naphthoquinones are beneficial for fighting infection and reducing inflammation. But because most Pau d'arco products are not standardized, they may or may not have a significant amount of the important active substances. Some herbal teas that are labeled Pau d'arco aren't really made from Tabebuia trees. Always read the label to make sure that you're getting authentic Pau d'arco. Look for Tabebuia avellanedae as an ingredient.

Available Forms

Pau d'arco is sold as dried bark tea, alcohol extract, and non-alcohol (usually glycerin) extract. Most of the chemical research on Pau d'arco has been done on the wood and not the bark. The heartwood of Tabebuia avellanedae contains naphthoquinones. But it's not easy to tell how much naphthoquinones are in Pau d'arco products because they're not standardized. So it is best to buy commercial brands that have a good reputation for quality.

How to Take It

In the case of a serious health problem, such as infection or cancer, check with your health care provider before using Pau d'arco.


It is safe to drink Pau d'arco tea and take Pau d'arco extract at the recommended dosages. If you drink too much, you might become nauseated. If you have problems with blood clots, don't take Pau d'arco unless you've talked to your health care provider first.

Possible Interactions

No noteworthy interactions (positive or negative) between Pau d'arco and conventional medications are known to have been reported in the literature to date.


Green tea is not usually prescribed as a remedy for diseases. However, people all over the world have noticed that drinking green tea daily has many health benefits. Green tea is an important preventative against cancer, elevated blood fats, hardening of the arteries, and dental cavities. It also protects against bacterial dysentery. Green tea can help ward off a number of fungal, bacterial, and even viral infections (like the common cold) as well. Green tea is also good for your digestive system. It may help you think more clearly, and may even improve your eyesight. Green tea strengthens arteries and reduces excess fats in the blood. It clears phlegm from sore throats, and neutralizes poisons. The tannins in green tea can stop diarrhea. If you want to increase the tannin levels in your tea, let it brew longer.

One of the active compounds in green tea is as effective as aspirin in keeping blood platelets from clumping together, which improves circulation and may prevent against hardening of the arteries. Population studies show that there's less cancer in countries where people drink green tea every day, but no cause and effect has been established. Black tea does not have the same effect. In fact, if you drink a lot of black tea, you increase your risk for getting cancers of the rectum, gallbladder, and endometrium. Green tea's cancer-fighting effects work best against gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer, and breast cancer. Green tea is highly recommended as an alternative to coffee and black tea.

The difference between green and black teas is in their processing. The fresh leaves are slightly steamed and then quickly dried in green tea. This prevents enzymes in the tea from breaking down nutritious substances called polyphenols, which are the cancer-fighting compounds in Green tea. Green tea polyphenols (GTP) are even better antioxidants than vitamins C and E.

Cont. Part 8: Plant Description Green Tea



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