Liver problems come in a wide range of conditions and diseases that may influence the liver. The liver is an important organ that lies under the rib cage on the right portion of the abdomen. Without the liver, you could not digest food, eliminate toxic substance, absorb nutrients or stay alive. Liver problems can be caused in response to chemicals and viruses or they can be inherited. Some liver problems are self-limiting and could disappear after a short period while others can last long and may progress into serious complications. Pau d’Arco for liver problems is a time-tested traditional approach to fixing these difficulties. The plant has innate antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties, and has been proven to treat a variety of diseases and infections.
Several signs and symptoms manifest with a diseased liver. There are both physical signs and different symptoms related to immune disorders, digestive problems and dysfunction in fat absorption, metabolism, and blood sugar level. Fat absorption problems may result to symptoms such as reflux, indigestion, hemorrhoids, intolerance to fatty foods, nausea and vomiting, constipation, abdominal bloating and intolerance to alcohol. Blood sugar problems can cause sweet cravings, onset of Type 2 Diabetes, unstable levels of blood sugar and hypoglycemia.
According to a South American clinical trial, lapachol from Pau d’Arco had been administered to patients with different forms of cancer including breast and prostate cancer, liver adenocarcinoma, squamous carcinoma of palate and cervix. Administered orally, it resulted in significant reduction of pain response and temporary reduction of cancer cells. The treatment last from 30 days to 720 days with an average of 60 days.
Other reported traditional uses of Pau d’Arco for liver problems showed its hepatotonic property. Being a liver tonic, it can tone, balance and strengthen the liver. It is also an immunostimulant, beneficial in strengthening the immune system of the body, which in turn, aid in preventing liver problems. Reports claim that Pau d’Arco bark assists in eliminating poisons and toxins from the liver tissue, together in promoting healthy function of the liver.
When taking Pau d’Arco as a liver tonic, drink Pau d’Arco tea for at least 4 to 6 months for detoxification and for normalization of metabolism. For the first three weeks, take 1 ½ liters of Pau d’Arco tea per day followed by ¾ to 1 liter on succeeding days. In severe forms of liver disease, taking Pau d’Arco extract in capsule form provides concentrated amounts of lapachol in place of tea or infusion. During this course of treatment, the person can be thoroughly cleansed, detoxified and regenerated by the Pau d’Arco treatment. Even the cravings for sugar will be lessened or disappear since sugar metabolism is also normalized.
Another added benefit of using Pau d’Arco for liver problems is that, when taken in recommended dosages, it doesn’t cause any side effects on the liver. Commercial drug treatments for bacteria and viruses in most cases cause liver toxicity, liver damage or liver disease, so the use of Pau d’Arco for such diseases may prove to be valuable in maintaining liver health.