Herbal preparations come from the inner part of the crust of trees growing in the rainforests of South America, where the natives have been using its healing properties for centuries. Taheebo is also called lapctcho and ipe roxo. Different countries use different names.
How does it work?
Lapachol and other taheebo ingredients help to destroy microorganisms, the cause of various diseases, from malaria and flu to candidiasis. Most people, however, are interested in the potential effect on patients who have cancer.
MAIN USEFUL EFFECTS: it appears that taheebo works against bacteria, viruses and fungi and strengthens the immune system. One of the most documented uses in cases of candidiasis (white deposits on the mucous membranes caused by Candida fungus). Taheebo in the form of capsules, tablets, tinctures or tea can effectively enhance immunity in cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic bronchitis, or HIV. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it can be useful in acute bronchitis, whose symptoms are respiratory inflammation and muscle pain. Local application of taheebo tincture can remove warts.
ADDITIONAL USEFUL EFFECTS: the effect of the taheebo plant on cancer is the constant subject of discussions. American National Cancer Institute investigated this plant and found that lapachol is the most active ingredient. A tumor reduction was observed in animal studies and, in the 1970s, the tests and effect of lapachol have been conducted on people.
The effect was not absent – lapachol really destroyed cancer cells, but in therapeutic doses it has caused serious side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and blood clotting disorders. Because of this, all studies of lapachol and taheebo plant have been abandoned.
Critics of these studies believe that the use of the therapeutic doses of the plant itself would have the same effect, but with no potentially dangerous problems such as blood clotting. It is possible that lapachol interferes with the action of vitamin K, which is needed for a normal blood clotting process. Despite contradictions, many therapists rely on historical evidence of the antitumor activity of this plant and they often recommend it as an addition to standard therapy.
How to take it?
DOSAGE: the usual dose is a powder form, capsules or tablets of 250 mg, twice a day. This dose is recommended for the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and HIV, in combination with other herbal immune enhancers such as rudbeckia or goldenseal. You can also make a tea; pour 500 ml of hot water over two to three teaspoons of herbal preparation.
USE GUIDELINES: herbalists recommend the use of taheebo bark preparations because they think that beneficial effects are the result of the action of many active ingredients, not just lapachol.
For vaginal infections: it is recommended to wash the vagina with lukewarm taheebo tea.
For warts: put the compress, soaked in taheebo tincture, on the affected parts before you go to sleep. Repeat the procedure until the warts disappear. If the warts appear around the sex organs, seek medical help.
Possible side effects
The preparations of taheebo bark are mostly safe and their use does not produce the side effects that occur when you use lapachol by itself. If tea or supplements from this plant cause stomach problems, take them with food.
IMPORTANT: pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take taheebo preparations.