Also Known as: Tabebuia impetiginosa, Tabgebuia avellanedae, Lapacho, and Taheebo,
Farming: Wild Harvested
One of the best known, but least understood, herbs from the Amazonian rainforest, pau d’arco is a key ingredient in the tribal medicine chest. The pau d’arco tree is a huge canopy tree that grows up to 125 feet high, with pink to violet colored flowers. Its history of use is thought to go back to the Incas, and several tribes have been using it to make bows for centuries. Several native names in fact mean “bow stick” or “bow stem”.
Usually used as a tea, tincture or encapsulation. Like cat’s claw, pau d’arco tincture should be taken in water with a little lemon juice so tannins can be absorbed through the colon.
As a health food supplement, it can be found to have antiviral qualities, as well as possessing the ability to strengthen the immune system, particularly after it has been weakened by disease. In this way, it is currently being tested in treating and aiding in the recovery from AIDS and cancer. Pau d`Arco has also long been a known treatment for Candida and other funguses a well as other skin disorders. Herbal lore has also shown that it was useful in treating polio and influenza, and maintains that it can be of use in treating arthritis, diabetes, liver disease, and venereal and rheumatic disorders.
Note: Research indicates that it may interfere with blood thinning drugs. Large amounts may be toxic.
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