Pau d'Arco benefits were discovered by Brazillian Indians more than a thousand years ago. Learn the traditional and modern medicinal uses of Tabebuia bark. Get Pau d'Arco tea, capsules and tincture.
The herb known as Pau d'Arco is made from the dried inner bark of the Tabebuia tree.
Several species are used medicinally in South America where these highly ornamental flowering trees grow wild. T. avellanedae's bark is the most potent but Tabebuia impetignosa is more often used because that species is more widespread.
The bark has traditionally been collected from wild rather than cultivated trees. Today, the trees are cultivated for their highly desirable wood and the bark may be harvested from trees grown for this use.
Incidentally, if you are the proud owner of a Tabebuia tree, you can harvest the bark in small amounts without harming the tree.
Other Names for Pau d' Arco: ipe, lapacho, taheebo, ipe roxo
The Guarani and Tipu of South America have long used Tabebuia bark infusions against malaria, various respiratory and skin infections, to fight fungal infections, snakebite and fevers and as a remedy for sexually transmitted diseases, arthritis and cancer.
Its use against the skin infection impetigo is why T. impetiginosa is so named.
Today, this herbal remedy is available in tea, capsule and liquid forms. According to The Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine,pau d'arcoimportant natural antibiotic. Its medicinal properties are as follows:
Today, in South America, Pau d'arco is most commonly used to treat insect stings, snakebite and psoriasis. The herb is used throughout the Americas to treat cold and flu viruses because of its ability to stimulate the immune system in much the same way echinacea does.
It is partucularly useful to cold sufferers who are allergic to echinacea.