Dr. Daniel B. Mowrey is the Director of the Mountainwest Institute of Herbal Medicine in Salt Lake City Utah. He is known primarily for his efforts to bring scientific data about herbal medicine to the attention of the American public. Toward this end he has published the books entitled the Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine as well as Guaranteed Potency Herbs: Next Generation Herbal Medicine both of which have become standard texts in the field.
The Abstract from Dr. Mowrey’s report entitled Pau d Arco – An Ancient Herb, A Modern Miracle can be found below.
Pau d Arco – An Ancient Herb, A Modern Miracle
Throughout the width and breadth of the earth there exist plants which, when used with wisdom, have the amazing ability to cure or prevent cancer, infections, the common cold, in brief, the ills of mankind. They grow and blossom and concentrate valuable healing nutrients within their tissues. It is the obligation of animals and people to discover these properties and utilize them in the manner intended by the governing and organizing principles of nature. The search does not begin nor end in a research laboratory. It begins with the experimentation of simple people living close to the earth, who invest nothing in their search save the desire to live healthy, prevent sickness and cure disease. It ends when the rest of the world accepts knowledge so gained, and incorporates it into their own health system. The need for scientific examination results in the accumulation of interesting and sometimes useful data; at its best it opens new avenues for effective application of the wisdom of the ancients. At its worst, it asks the wrong questions, obtains the wrong answers, becomes puffed up by its own importance, and gets in the way of man’s quest for the discovery of nature’s healing gifts. Science and folklore need not clash. When they do, it is usually because the wrong questions were asked, the wrong answers obtained, the wrong materials examined, the wrong people involved. Pau d’Arco currently finds itself in the middle of worldwide confusion. As data showing the efficacy of Pau d’Arco accumulates in some areas of the world, other areas continue to ignore basic sources of information; data gathered in such a vacuum disappoints the mind and obstructs progress. We prefer to believe that Pau d’Arco, given enough time, will emerge into the full light of day, even from the dark and muddling laboratories of the United States, and will take its rightful place as one of the great healing herbs of the world. We prefer to believe that until then the herb will be immune to the dealings of dim and uninspired regulatory proceedings on bright continents. We prefer to believe that, in the end, the millions of Pau d’Arco users will prevail.