Pau D'Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) is found throughout the rainforests of Central and South America, although it may be harvested as far north as southern Florida. There are about a hundred species of this large tropical tree. It is a broad-leafed evergreen that may grow to 150 feet in height, and six feet in diameter. Pau d’arco contains alkaloids, quercetin, napthaquinones, anthraquinones, and flavonoids.
Lapachol, one of the naphthaquinones, has been found to be effective against malaria and some types of tumor cells in studies with laboratory animals. Pau d’arco is considered to be analgesic, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and laxative.It is thought to have anti-cancerous properties.Pau d’arco has a long history as an important traditional herbal remedy among the ancient Incas and natives of the South American rain forests as a tonic to strengthen the body and improve overall health.Traditional folk healers of the Caribbean use the leaves and bark to treat wounds, backache, toothache, and snakebite.
Indigenous people traditionally used pau d’arco as a treatment for malaria, colitis, respiratory problems, colds, cough, flu, fever, cancer, lupus, infectious diseases, inflammation of the prostate gland, sexually transmitted diseases, boils and ulcers. Pau d’arco is used as a natural remedy for high blood pressure, poor circulation, and anemia, and is thought to protect against cardiovascular disease. Pau d'arco is used as a natural remedy to relieve pain, and as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism.In the herbal medicine systems of the United States and Europe, the herb has been used as an herbal remedy for psoriasis, liver disease, Hodgkin’s disease, osteomyelitis, Parkinson’s disease and allergies.Pau d’arco is a popular herbal remedy for yeast infections or candida.A decoction of the herb has also been used as a topical treatment for athlete’s foot, nail fungus and skin fungi.The boiled bark is used as a poultice or wash to treat skin inflammations, fungal infections, hemorrhoids, eczema and wounds. Pau d’arco and its chemical constituents have demonstrated in vitro antiviral properties against, among others, Herpes I and II, influenza, poliovirus, and vesicular stomatitis virus.
At recommended dosages, side effects from pau d’arco are uncommon but may include anemia, nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness. Pregnant and nursing mothers should not take pau d’arco. It should not be given to infants or children.
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Pau D'Arco (Powder)
2 oz per bag
Insturctions: Boil herb in spring water then after you turn off the heat add 1 or 1&1/2 teaspoons to 8 FL oz of water. Let steep for 30 minutes add agave for sweetner.
This herb is also great if made into capsules.
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