Humans are natural hosts for many foreign species that colonize the skin as normal flora. Fungal infections of the skin are very common and include athlete's foot and Candidiasis (yeast infections). Yeast is normally found in small amounts in the human body. Candidiasis is caused by the overgrowth of a type of yeast called Candida, usually Candida albicans can affect areas such as the Skin, Genitals, Throat and Mouth. This can cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms.
There are several types of Candidiasis:
Pau D'Arco is a natural herb retrieved from the inner bark of the taheebo tree. scientifically known as Tabebuia avellandae. Is also commonly called Lapacho and Taheebo by the native people. The native Indians of Brazil, northern Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia and other South American countries have relied on Pau D'Arco for thousands year on the treatment of fevers, infections, colds, flu, cancer, respiratory problems, skin ulcerations and, gastro-intestinal problems.
Pau D'Arco acts as a powerful antifungal agent, which has been shown to inhibit the growth of Candida. According to an overview of Lapachol research published in 2007 * "it was reported that lapachol has a significant effect against Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Cryptococcus neoformans, that was similar to Amphotericin B (an antifungal drug). The presumed antifungal activity of lapachol is believed to be due to its interaction with the cellular membrane."