Pau d'Arco Precautions, Side Effects, and Contraindications
Before taking Pau d'Arco, and as long as you continue taking it, considering precautions is important. The items contained on this page offer various issues that you may need to keep in mind. Always talk with your doctor to get professional medical advice on the matter - the details provided on this site are only for informational purposes.
Pau d'Arco might increase the risk of bleeding during as well as after a surgical procedure, and may decrease blood clotting speed. Due to this, do not use this herb for a minimum period of two weeks prior to having surgery. Talk with a doctor for more information, and tell him if you have been taking Pau d'Arco at all, even if it was prior to the two-week period before the scheduled procedure. Additionally, ask him for details about when you can resume taking it after the surgery, if you intend to do so.
Pau d'Arco has the potential to raise the risk of bleeding in people who have bleeding disorders. An example of such a condition is hemophilia. If such a condition affects you, talk with your doctor before you begin using Pau d'Arco.
Pau d'Arco, when a person uses it internally, has the potential to strengthen the blood-thinning effects that are seen in certain medications known as anticoagulants. This may lead to significantly high levels of bleeding, as well as other medical issues. Contact a medical professional prior to using this herb and such a medication at the same or nearby time periods. Aspirin, enoxaparin, warfarin, and dalteparin are four such examples, but do not take them as being the only possibilities.
Using Pau d'Arco may lead to interactions with some medications. Speak with a qualified individual -- such as a physician -- before you use it in conjunction with any medicine, whether it be prescription or over-the-counter. Moreover, this herb may create interactions with other herbs or supplements. Therefore, please also talk with a professional before you use it along with such things.
Dosage and overdose:
In terms of tea, up to one liter per day is acceptable. In the case of tea bags, this means four, as each bag is used with 8 fl. oz. of water, which is roughly a quarter of a liter. Of course, if you use less water per bag, such as 6 oz., then don't take more bags per day, but still four. Taking excessive amounts of Pau d'Arco may cause the patient to experience nausea and possibly to vomit. It may also lead to significant amounts of bleeding. If such an issue occurs, look for medical assistance right away.
Duration of use:
Drink up to the aforementioned one liter daily for as long as six weeks, then take a four-week hiatus prior to resuming another six-week course of Pau d'Arco treatment. For non-tea forms, please seek further details from another source.
Pau d'Arco, even when taken in its normal dosage, may cause certain side effects. These can include things such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and diarrhea. If any of these side effects or other issues show up while taking the herb, then discontinue using Pau d'Arco and talk with your doctor.
Pregnancy and lactation:
In studies on pregnant rats, it led to birth defects and death of the babies. If you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, do not use Pau d'Arco.
As there are no known scientific reports on the use of Pau d'Arco in pediatrics. This herb is not especially recommended for children. Talk with a pediatrician before giving it to children.
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