Pau d'Arco as a Laxative

According to Dr. Daniel Mowrey, regular use of Pau d'Arco leads to a laxative effect. In case you're curious about what this is, let's take a look into the concept.

A laxative is something that encourages bowel movements, or makes them looser. They don't all work in the same way. For instance, some soften the stools, and others make them bulkier. There are also other ways in which laxatives work. Here are some laxatives with information about the items in general.

Psyllium husk

These husks are the fibrous portions of psyllium seeds. They are not merely beneficial as a laxative, though, as along with treating constipation they are also considered useful in cases of diarrhea. Recently, some research appears to show that they may also be of some benefit in managing diabetes, as well as reducing cholesterol levels. The U.S. FDA has stated that psyllium husks are also useful in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.


Psyllium husks can be purchased in various ways. Some people eat them in capsules. They are also available as bulk, whole husks, as well as in powder form. Some brand name products that are used as either fiber supplements or laxatives also contain these husks.

Sufficient water needs to be taken when using psyllium husk products which are not already completely hydrated, in order to avoid choking and asphyxiation. Additionally, people who have troubles swallowing, dysfunction of the esophagus, or esophageal narrowing are also at risk of these problems if using these husks. Talk with a doctor for more information on side effects, warnings, and other considerations to bear in mind before using psyllium products. As in other cases, don't rely on the information on this website in place of that which comes from a professional.

Senna leaf tea

Aside from Pau d'Arco, another tea that is used as a laxative is senna leaf. However, as was mentioned with psyllium husks, please keep in mind potential issues before using senna leaf tea, and talk with a doctor about it instead of simply using the information found at this website. For starters, its use is contraindicated in people who have a history of hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, or panic attacks. This is due to the fact that it works as a stimulant. Other precautions also need to be taken into consideration, so please be in touch with a doctor for further details.


More details on Pau d'Arco

You can return to the home page to read about other uses for Pau d'Arco. Otherwise, you can also go directly to particular pages such as those discussing proposed health benefits, and details of Pau d'Arco's usefulness as an anti-inflammatory.