Monday, March 3, 2008

Pau D'Arco and Dandelion Root teas

Since I'm no longer drinking the raspberry leaf tea, I need to figure out another tea to carry around with me as teabags in my purse. I decided to pick up some pau d'arco, which is mentioned as an ingredient in some fibroid-reducing formulas.

I just did an internet scan on this herb (well, actually it's the bark from a rainforest tree), its primary positives for fibroid shrinkers are that it supports the liver and that it's a good source of iron. And since it's supposedly good for cancer, it seems that some make the leap that it's good for all types of tumors, but I didn't see any real evidence of this.

I would not make this a mainstay of my fibroid-shrinking efforts, but I hate missing a "dosing opportunity" when I am out and about (and thus not drinking my Chinese herbs, which are not portable). So rather than a cup of plain hot water or some herbal tea that doesn't do anything particularly special for fibroids, thought I would try this.

I bought the Traditional Medicinals bags, I had tried one at a friend's and thought the taste was agreeable.

It says that you need to take a break after using this herb for awhile, so I am thinking to alternate one month with this as my purse tea bag, and then the next month with dandelion root., which is another liver supporting herb mentioned often as being helpful for fibroid shrinkers. This is also available from Traditional Medicinals.

Just for the record, I also bought fill-yourself empty tea bags to use with my chrysanthemum tea, but am not sure how portable they will be...


J said...

Why did you quit drinking the raspberry leaf tea? I saw it listed in "Natural Cures" for fibroids
-Jet, also 43 fighting fibroids naturally

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Yes lots of people list it as a cure and I have seen many herbalists wax enthusiastic about it online. However two reasons I quit drinking it:
1. saw information that it is estrogenic, which made me worried
2. my current acupuncturist is against it, she thinks it stimulates the uterus too much

maria Martinez said...

Did the Pau D Arco shrink your fibroids? Did it make you monthly cycles heavier?

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Still working on shrinking but have made some progress in recent months. Has not made cycles heavier.

Anonymous said...

Hi first and foremost I would like to thank you and those other woman like you, who are really out here to help others. I pray that this enormous and silent problem with woman is researched more and acknowledge even the more by doctors. In understanding what woman really go through with this issue.
I have been struggling with what they say and don't say about these herbs. I was diagnosed with a fibroid I believe in 2009. It grew to 4cm two years later and now it's 8cm. My original GYN let it go and said well if it's not bothering you we won't bother it. I was already experiencing symptoms of urine incontinence and back pain. In my last visit to him it already had grown..he then suggested hysterectomy. I was sooooooooo upset. I changed GYN after being with this GYN for almost 15yrs. On my visit to the second GYN...she recommended the same...but didn't believe that the fibroids were causing my symptoms. I was going nuts. Not only did they not offer any medication to shrink it...they never educated me with regards to what foods to avoid. I am on a quest to find out what herbs really work. As I know there is a natural cure out there. So far..I have taken different herbs...sometimes my stomach shrinks..but goes comes back extended. I see this GYN again this April 2017 and for another ultrasound. I pray when I go back that our Heavenly Father show these doctors that herbs are our cure and that they are damaging sooo many woman out there not only physically but mentally.

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Anonymous, so sorry to hear about your struggles. Yes so frustrating about the gyns and how they are not knowledgeable about natural medicine!