I had very oily, acne prone skin. I take good care of myself and like to look and feel good as much as possible. I'm 37 years old female and always managed to look good thruogh excercise, good food, excellent personal hygene, nice clothes, etc. Even though I looked good and recieved compliments almost daily from other women, I felt that something was wrong with me. It was taking way too much time and effort to look what I just considered decent. Becides very oily skin and some acne, I always felt tired. My dentist also mentioned that I had a "geographic toung". I ate very healthy, mostly organic, but craved carbohydrates. Every time I had a piece of organic chocolate I, my face broke out. I watched my sisters eat more junk food than me, care far less about the way they look and still managed to look better than me. The worst part was that when we went on vacations together, they would go to bed latter than me, wake up before me and look far more rested than me the next day. I have two doughters ages 8 and 6 and I wanted to figure out how to take care of my skin so that I can be of help to them when the time comes. Knowing that there was definitely something wrong with me, I started researching and experimenting. After many months, thousands of hours of research and experiments, I came to a conclusion that I have a systemic case of candida. This was scary to me since I have degree in Biochemistry and have spent six years working as a research scientist. I remembered what I used to do with cell cultures after they have been contaminated with fungus ........... I threw them out in the garbage. I knew that I could not go to a regular doctor since they would just give me antifungal medication. Antifungal medications are very strong and I was not even considering them as an option. I knew that my only options were to modify my diet and treat myself with herbs and supplements. It's been over a year now, lots of research, trial and errors, experimenting, disapointments, weght loss, struggle to gain weight, tired, exausted, feeling sick, no energy, etc. I feel that this is all behind me now for the most part because of PAU D'ARCO. About six months ago I purchased a bottle of Pau D'Arco from my local health food store. On the bottle it says "take 2 capsules twice daily with food or water", so I did for few days and did not notice any difference. On the bottle it also says "for intensive use take 4 capsules three times daily", I did and about 8 hours latter I felt like I was having the worst case of flew ever. At first I did not know what was going on, but then I put two and two together. I would take the pills feel sick, but then feel better the next day. I was sweating, had fewer, muscle weakness, headache, stomach pain,very very very sore throat and congested nose and sinuses. After some experimenting with the dosage and paying close attention to how I feel, I came to a conclusion that I was definitely experiencing candida "die off". Thanks to my careful research, I new exactly what to do. I decided to continue taking Pau D'Arco but as soon as I started feeling sick, I would take drink with edible calcium bentonite clay and psylum husk. The drink absorbed the candida toxins and carried them out of my body. For several days my sinuses kept clearing and some strange things came out of my body which I know was dead candida. I finished the entire bottle of Pau D'Arco with the previouslymentioned drink and I felt better. Several weeks latter I purchased another bottle of capsules but this time when I took four capsules three times daily, I did not feeel any difference. This fact and the fact that my skin is normal, I don't breakout, I have ton of energy, I don't crave carbs, I need less sleep, etc. tells me that my candida is somewhat in balance. I'm happy. I'm still very careful what I eat and I will never go back to eating the way I ate high carb diet, treating my acne with retin a, using harsh cleaners and anti bacterial soaps, etc.
Posted by iHerb Customer on April 22 2011 | Verified Purchase
Not very strong enough. I purchase it for candida issues. There are better herbs that use several convination of herbs. They seems to work much better for strong candida issues. As a tea. It does take rather taste though, so it makes it a healthy hot beverage without caffeine and it contain no caffeine.