Pau d'Arco became very popular in 1967 after Dr. Walter Accorsi of the Municipal Hospital in Santo Andre talked to a magazine reporter who printed his story. He said: "From my first experiments with lpe Roxo (Pau d'Arco), I learned two important things which greatly encouraged we in regards to cancer. First, that it eliminates the pain caused by the disease; and second, that it multiplies the number of red blood cells."
South American physicians are using the inner bark of two South American trees to successfully treat various forms of cancer, including leukemia, and other debilitating diseases. A tea is made with the inner bark of Ipe roxo or Pau D'Arco. The Indian name for them is Taheebo. They are tall ozoniferous trees with extremely deep roots tha tgrow in places abundant with ozone. Ozone air is fresh and pure in that it is free of pollutants such as smog, exhaust, smoke, and pesticides. These two species have beautiful flowers, one purple and one red, which are carnivorous in that they eat insects. Scientific research has found substances in the bark that produce uncommon resistance to fungus, spores, even when nearby vegetation is covered with it.
Taheebo was originally used by the South American Indians called Callawaya, descendents of the Inca medicine men to cure cancer and many other debilitating diseases and rediscovered about 20 years ago by two Brazillian physicians, Drs. T. Meyer and P. Ruiz, who have been treating and using this herb with fantastic results. Brazilian newspapers and magazines devote whole pages to the marvelous cures attributed to Taheebo (Pau D'Arco). Today, Taheebo is widely used in hospitals and clinics in Brazil and is available to the public in pharmacies and shops. Many doctors recommend it as a therapeutic herbal tea. Under the direction of Dr. Meyer, Taheebo has been distributed to cancer patients throughout Argentian and to doctors throughout Souther America. According to him, Taheebo heals wounds, combats infection, stimulates appetite and acts as a general, all-round tonic.
Based on their experiences, both American and South American physicians have concluded that the tea somehow stimlates and apparently strengthens the immune system. Through an analaysis of extract samples of the herb, the Dietmann Research Foundation in Los Angeles found that it acts as a stimulant to the alimentary tract through the rectum and then back to the liver, gall bladder and sweat glands. The sweat glands serve the important bodily function of relief valves for the stomach, lungs, and heart. The stimulating effect Taheebo has on the body can be explained in two ways. First, it helps keep the sweat glands open and operating, thus helping the elimination of stomach, heart, and lung problems. Second, it warms the body when the adrenal glands are under stress.
Taheebo has been most successful in cases consdered hopeless by traditional medicine. It has been said to give greater vitality to the body by strenghtening its organic defenses, revitalizing the body, helping to create new and normal cells, increasing resistance to diseases, creating a feeling of well-being and helping to alleviate pain. Unlike prescription drugs, it can be taken in large quantities and in combination with anyother medication without the risk of harmful effects. It can be used by children and adults alike. According to Dr. Meyer's experience, a gradual elimination of pain is evident after only a few days of treatment.
Mr. Mille, who has brought Taheebo to Canada, explains that Taheebo actually breaks down the protective casing around the cancer tumor that prevents a normal supply of oxygen and nourishment from the blood stream.
The herb contains a high percentage of easily assimilated iron. Drs. Meyer and Ruiz studied the chemical composition and found it to contain powerful antibiotic properties and substances effective in eliminating pain. The antibiotic properties seem to combat nefarious germs that cause nearly all diseases.
The Argentinian variety is preferred due to the high altitude at which it is grown and the low ash content when burned in comparison to the Brazillian species.