Pau d'Arco

Pau d'arco bark
Pau d'arco bark

Pau d’Arco is the inner bark of Tabebuia impetiginosa, the Lapacho tree, and a few other trees in the same genus. It is also known as Taheebo or Lapacho. Pau d’Arco is widely used in the traditional herbal medicine of South America. It has become famous thanks to its anti-cancer properties. Modern scientific research confirms many of its traditional properties. Pau d’Arco bark is usually administered as a liquid extract (tea) or a tincture or in capsule form.

Health benefits and main uses of Pau d’Arco:

Properties and effects validated by scientific research:

anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasiticidal, anti-viral, analgesic and against malaria.

Other properties validated through traditional usage:

Anti allergenic, anti ulcer, anticoagulant (blood thinning), anti dysentery, antioxidant, anti-rheumatoidal, as an antidote for snake poison, as an astringent, cardiotonic (strengthening the heart muscle), as a liver tonic, as a stimulant of the immune system.

Other names for Pay d’Arco: Taheebo, Lapacho, La Pacho, Tahuari.

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