Pau d'Arco Virus Treatment
One of Pau d'Arco's many qualities is that of an anti-viral. Proponents say that the herb has shown effectiveness against a host of viruses. Research and studies have been conducted by people such as Dr. Robert B. Mowrey regarding this Taheebo tree and its lapacho derivative, in relation to effects against viruses.
Pau d'Arco has been claimed to have been proved effective by its lapacho compound to some degree inactivating, slowing, inhibiting, killing or stunting viruses, including: herpes virus (herpes simplex), polio virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, avian myeloblastosis virus, rauscho murine leukemia virus, friend virus, rous sarcoma virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV, cause of AIDS), as well as others.
The N-factors and A-factors of Pau d'Arco's lapacho aid in inhibiting viruses. One such N-factor, beta-lapochone, actually inhibits the enzymes in virus cells which directly affect the synthesis of DNA and RNA. At that point, the virus is no longer able to take control over the reproductive processes of the cell, and therefore can neither replicate itself nor infect other cells. Such a characteristic is common in other substances being tested for qualities useful against AIDS and the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).
Some plants, such as yerba mate, contain sulfurous compounds which, when combined with lapacho, might provide a catalyst for transformation of lapachol to beta-lapachone. Due to this, the effectiveness of lapacho as an anti-viral agent may be increased when an herb or plant, such as yerba mate, is applied in addition to the Pau d'Arco.
In addition, one of the many benefits of Pau d'Arco is a strengthened immune system, which is under attack during a viral infection. This assistance allows the body to better fight the infection, as well as to be upheld against other viral invaders. When you have a virus, removing the source of the problems and standing up against outside attackers are both key.