If you’ve ever read the forum protocol and the strict diet, you may have noticed that neither of the two contains pau d’arco for good reasons, and they’re all called ‘side effects.’
Bleeding is one of the more serious side effects of pau d’arco. According to the National Institutes of Health, pau d’arco can impair blood clotting by interfering with the metabolism of vitamin K. Undetected or prolonged bleeding may lead to anemia and can be fatal if it occurs internally.
Bleeding risks are greatest when pau d’arco is taken in high doses or with blood thinners like aspirin or clopidogrel. People with a history of blood clotting disorders like hemophilia should avoid using pau d’arco due to the risk of uncontrolled bleeding.
Diarrhea may occur when taking normal doses of pau d’arco. While it’s generally viewed as a minor inconvenience, diarrhea can cause severe health problems when prolonged such as dehydration, nutrient deficiencies and weight loss. Occasionally, other gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting, nausea and cramping may occur in conjunction with diarrhea.
Liver damage is a rare but extremely serious side effect of pau d’arco. Hydroquinone—a compound with both medicinal and toxic properties—is largely responsible for pau d’arco’s effects on the liver. To help prevent liver damage, use a low dose of pau d’arco. Do not take it with other liver toxins like acetaminophen or alcohol, and avoid use altogether if you have a history of liver disease or alcoholism.
Pau d’arco may cause serious or life-threatening effects when taken with certain herbs or medications. Because it thins the blood, pau d’arco should not be taken with prescription blood thinners like Coumadin or clopidogrel, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Herbs like ginger, turmeric and willow bark may also increase bleeding risks when taken with pau d’arco. Other potential interactions include over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen.
As far as the HMF probiotic is concerned, it just may not be suitable for you. I would forget about it for the time being and maybe try it again in 4 to 6 weeks. Can you take MegaFlora or Innate? These are both preferable to Renew Life.