Pau d’Arco for Urinary Tract Infection
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: May 10, 2001

I am very new to the internet but came across your site while looking for info on Pau D’Arco. It is the main ingredient in a loose tea that I am using this week. What do you know about Pau d’Arco? I took cipro for urinary tract infection (UTI) and had flu symptom side effects for the entire 7 days. I’m going to try natural this time. I’m 47 and this week is only the second UTI I’ve had in my life. Any insight? I saw that Saw Palmetto was an herb to use on the Q&A section and will add that to the Echinaforce and tea.

Pau d’arco (Tabebuia avellanedae), also known as Lapacho or Taheebo, is antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and immune system supportive. These are all desirable herb actions for urinary tract infections. Research has shown anti-cancer actions, backing up its historic use for this purpose by the Inca’s. Pau d’arco is usually taken as a tea, simmering 15 grams of bark in two cups of water for 20 minutes. The recommended dosage is three cups daily.

For more information on urinary tract infections, please go to our website at, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Medicinal Herbs and Their Uses" and search for the item " Urinary Tract Infection ".

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